1 Corinthians 8:9
New International Version
Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.

New Living Translation
But you must be careful so that your freedom does not cause others with a weaker conscience to stumble.

English Standard Version
But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.

Berean Study Bible
Be careful, however, that your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.

Berean Literal Bible
But be careful, lest somehow this right of yours becomes an occasion of stumbling to those being weak.

King James Bible
But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.

New King James Version
But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.

New American Standard Bible
But take care that this freedom of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.

NASB 1995
But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.

NASB 1977
But take care lest this liberty of yours somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.

Amplified Bible
Only be careful that this liberty of yours [this power to choose] does not somehow become a stumbling block [that is, a temptation to sin] to the weak [in conscience].

Christian Standard Bible
But be careful that this right of yours in no way becomes a stumbling block to the weak.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But be careful that this right of yours in no way becomes a stumbling block to the weak.

American Standard Version
But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to the weak.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But take heed, lest this your power shall be a stumbling block to the weak.

Contemporary English Version
Don't cause problems for someone with a weak conscience, just because you have the right to eat anything.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But take heed lest perhaps this your liberty become a stumblingblock to the weak.

Good News Translation
Be careful, however, not to let your freedom of action make those who are weak in the faith fall into sin.

International Standard Version
But you must see to it that this right of yours does not become a stumbling block for those who are weak.

Literal Standard Version
but see, lest this privilege of yours may become a stumbling-block to the weak,

New American Bible
But make sure that this liberty of yours in no way becomes a stumbling block to the weak.

NET Bible
But be careful that this liberty of yours does not become a hindrance to the weak.

New Revised Standard Version
But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.

New Heart English Bible
But be careful that by no means does this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to the weak.

Weymouth New Testament
But take care lest this liberty of yours should prove a hindrance to the progress of weak believers.

World English Bible
But be careful that by no means does this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to the weak.

Young's Literal Translation
but see, lest this privilege of yours may become a stumbling-block to the infirm,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Food Sacrificed to Idols
8But food does not bring us closer to God: We are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do. 9Be careful, however, that your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 10For if someone with a weak conscience sees you who are well informed eating in an idol’s temple, will he not be encouraged to eat food sacrificed to idols?…

Cross References
Romans 14:1
Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on his opinions.

Romans 14:2
For one person has faith to eat all things, while another, who is weak, eats only vegetables.

Romans 14:13
Therefore let us stop judging one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way.

Romans 14:20
Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to let his eating be a stumbling block.

Romans 14:21
It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything to cause your brother to stumble.

1 Corinthians 8:10
For if someone with a weak conscience sees you who are well informed eating in an idol's temple, will he not be encouraged to eat food sacrificed to idols?

1 Corinthians 10:28
But if someone tells you, "This food was offered to idols," then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who told you and for the sake of conscience--


Treasury of Scripture

But take heed lest by any means this liberty of your's become a stumbling block to them that are weak.

take.

1 Corinthians 8:10
For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;

1 Corinthians 10:24,29
Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth

Matthew 18:6,7,10
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea…

liberty.

1 Corinthians 10:32
Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:

Leviticus 19:14
Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD.

Isaiah 57:14
And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people.

weak.

1 Corinthians 8:12
But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.

1 Corinthians 9:22
To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

Isaiah 35:3
Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.











(9) But take heed.--On this very account, because the matter is one which is indifferent, because there is no right or wrong in it, you must look elsewhere for your guide as to how you ought to act. In things which are not indifferent, right or wrong is the sole test of action. In things indifferent you must look for some other guide, and you must regulate your conduct by the effect it may have on others. Your liberty, which arises from the bare fact of the indifferent nature of the thing, may become a stumbling-block to others, may be the cause of their taking a false step in the Christian course.

Verse 9. - Lest this liberty of yours become a stumbling block; rather, this power or right of yours. To lead any one to do that which he thinks to be wrong is to place a stone of stumbling in his way, even if we do not think the act to be wrong. For we make men worse if by our example we teach them to act in contradiction of their conscience. "Let your motto be forbearance, not privilege, and your watchword charity, not knowledge. Never flaunt your knowledge, seldom use your privilege" (Evans).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
Be careful,
Βλέπετε (Blepete)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 991: (primarily physical), I look, see, perceive, discern. A primary verb; to look at.

however,
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

[that]
αὕτη (hautē)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3778: This; he, she, it.

your
ὑμῶν (hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

freedom
ἐξουσία (exousia)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1849: From exesti; privilege, i.e. force, capacity, competency, freedom, or mastery, delegated influence.

does not become
γένηται (genētai)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1096: A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. to become, used with great latitude.

a stumbling block
πρόσκομμα (proskomma)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 4348: A stumbling-block, an occasion for falling, a moral embarrassment. From proskopto; a stub, i.e. occasion of apostasy.

to the
τοῖς (tois)
Article - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

weak.
ἀσθενέσιν (asthenesin)
Adjective - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's 772: (lit: not strong), (a) weak (physically, or morally), (b) infirm, sick. Strengthless.


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