The Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians. The Harvard Classics. 190914.
The First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians
[ 1] F OR 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 neighbors good.
[ 25] Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, eat, asking no question for conscience sake;
[ 26] for the earth is the Lords, 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 others; 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.
Gr. Note 1. into. [ back]
Or, Note 2. the Christ. Comp. Heb. 11. 26. [ back]
Or, Note 3. in these things they became figures of us. [ back]
Some ancient authorities read Note 4. Christ. [ back]
Gr. Note 5. by way of figure. [ back]
Or, Note 6. participation in. [ back]
Or, Note 7. loaf. [ back]
Or, Note 8. participation in. [ back]
Or, Note 9. seeing that there is one bread, we, who are many, are one body. [ back]
Or, Note 10. loaf. [ back]
Gr. Note 11. from. [ back]
Or, Note 12. loaf. [ back]
Gr. Note 13. build up. [ back]
Gr. Note 14. the others. See Rom. 13. 8. [ back]
Or, Note 15. If I by grace partake. [ back]