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   The Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
The First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians
[1]    FOR I would not, brethren, have you ignorant, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
[2]  and were all baptized unto 1 Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
[3]  and did all eat the same spiritual food;
[4]  and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of a spiritual rock that followed them: and the rock was Christ. 2
[5]  Howbeit with most of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
[6]  Now these 3 things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
[7]  Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
[8]  Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
[9]  Neither let us make trial of the Lord, 4 as some of them made trial, and perished by the serpents.
[10]  Neither murmur ye, as some of them murmured, and perished by the destroyer.
[11]  Now these things happened unto them by 5 way of example; and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages are come.
[12]  Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
[13]  There hath no temptation taken you but such as man can bear: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation make also the way of escape, that ye may be able to endure it.
[14]    Wherefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
[15]  I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.
[16]  The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a communion 6 of the blood of Christ? The bread 7 which we break, is it not a communion 8 of the body of Christ?
[17]  seeing 9 that we, who are many, are one bread, 10 one body: for we all partake of 11 the one bread. 12
[18]  Behold Israel after the flesh: have not they that eat the sacrifices communion with the altar?
[19]  What say I then? that a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?
[20]  But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have communion with demons.
[21]  Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of demons: ye cannot partake of the table of the Lord, and of the table of demons.
[22]  Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?
[23]    All things are lawful; but not all things are expedient. All things are lawful; but not all things edify. 13
[24]  Let no man seek his own, but each his 14 neighbor’s good.
[25]  Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, eat, asking no question for conscience’ sake;
[26]  for the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.
[27]  If one of them that believe not biddeth you to a feast, and ye are disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience’ sake.
[28]  But if any man say unto you, This hath been offered in sacrifice, eat not, for his sake that showed it, and for conscience’ sake:
[29]  conscience, I say, not thine own, but the other’s; for why is my liberty judged by another conscience?
[30]  If 15 I partake with thankfulness, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?
[31]  Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
[32]  Give no occasion of stumbling, either to Jews, or to Greeks, or to the church of God:
[33]  even as I also please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of the many, that they may be saved.
Note 1. Gr. into. [back]
Note 2. Or, the Christ. Comp. Heb. 11. 26. [back]
Note 3. Or, in these things they became figures of us. [back]
Note 4. Some ancient authorities read Christ. [back]
Note 5. Gr. by way of figure. [back]
Note 6. Or, participation in. [back]
Note 7. Or, loaf. [back]
Note 8. Or, participation in. [back]
Note 9. Or, seeing that there is one bread, we, who are many, are one body. [back]
Note 10. Or, loaf. [back]
Note 11. Gr. from. [back]
Note 12. Or, loaf. [back]
Note 13. Gr. build up. [back]
Note 14. Gr. the other’s. See Rom. 13. 8. [back]
Note 15. Or, If I by grace partake. [back]


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