1 Corinthians 8:1
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English Standard Version
Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up.

King James Bible
Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.

American Standard Version
Now concerning things sacrificed to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but love edifieth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
NOW concerning those things that are sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up; but charity edifieth.

English Revised Version
Now concerning things sacrificed to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but love edifieth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now as concerning things offered to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.

Weymouth New Testament
Now as to things which have been sacrificed to idols. This is a subject which we already understand--because we all have knowledge of it. Knowledge, however, tends to make people conceited; it is love that builds us up.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Things offered unto idols (εἰδωλοθύτων)

See on Revelation 2:14.

We know that we all, etc.

The arrangement of the text is in question. Evidently a parenthesis intervenes between the beginning of 1 Corinthians 8:1 and 1 Corinthians 8:4. It seems best to begin this parenthesis with knowledge puffeth up, and to end it with known of him (1 Corinthians 8:3).

We all have knowledge (πάντες γνῶσιν ἔχομεν)

The exact reference of these words must remain uncertain. Some understand Paul himself and the more enlightened Corinthians. Others, all Christians. All the expositions are but guesses. I prefer, on the whole, the view that Paul is here repeating, either verbally or in substance, a passage from the letter of the Corinthians to him. In that case the sense is slightly ironical: "We know, to use your own words, that we all have knowledge." The parenthesis thus comes in with an appropriate cautionary force.

Puffeth up

See on 1 Corinthians 4:6. The contrast is striking between puffing up and building up - a bubble and a building.

1 Corinthians 8:1 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

touching.

1 Corinthians 8:10 For if any man see you which have knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple...

1 Corinthians 10:19-22,28 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing...

Numbers 25:2 And they called the people to the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.

Acts 15:10,19,20,29 Now therefore why tempt you God, to put a yoke on the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear...

Acts 21:25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing...

Revelation 2:14,20 But I have a few things against you, because you have there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam...

we are.

1 Corinthians 8:2,4,7,11 And if any man think that he knows any thing, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know...

1 Corinthians 1:5 That in every thing you are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

1 Corinthians 4:10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are honorable, but we are despised.

1 Corinthians 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith...

1 Corinthians 14:20 Brothers, be not children in understanding: however, in malice be you children, but in understanding be men.

1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

Romans 14:14,22 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteems any thing to be unclean...

Colossians 2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels...

Knowledge.

1 Corinthians 4:18 Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you.

1 Corinthians 5:2,6 And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that has done this deed might be taken away from among you...

1 Corinthians 13:4 Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity braggs not itself, is not puffed up,

Isaiah 5:21 Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Isaiah 47:10 For you have trusted in your wickedness: you have said, None sees me. Your wisdom and your knowledge, it has perverted you...

Romans 11:25 For I would not, brothers, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits...

Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

Romans 14:3,10 Let not him that eats despise him that eats not; and let not him which eats not judge him that eats: for God has received him...

but.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal...

Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies...

Cross References
Acts 15:20
but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood.

Romans 14:19
So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.

Romans 15:14
I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another.

1 Corinthians 4:6
I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another.

1 Corinthians 8:4
Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that "an idol has no real existence," and that "there is no God but one."

1 Corinthians 8:7
However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.

1 Corinthians 8:10
For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol's temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols?

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