1 Corinthians 8:13

“Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Wherefore if meate make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Therefore, if food causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause my brother to stumble.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Wherefore, if meat causeth my brother to stumble, I will eat no flesh for evermore, that I cause not my brother to stumble.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For this reason, if food is a cause of trouble to my brother, I will give up taking meat for ever, so that I may not be a cause of trouble to my brother.
- Basic English Bible

Wherefore if meat be a fall-trap to my brother, I will eat no flesh for ever, that I may not be a fall-trap to my brother.
- Darby Bible

Wherefore, if food maketh my brother to fall into sin, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to fall into sin.
- Webster's Bible

Therefore if what I eat causes my brother to fall, never again to the end of my days will I touch any kind of animal food, for fear I should cause my brother to fall.
- Weymouth Bible

Therefore, if food causes my brother to stumble, I will eat no meat forevermore, that I don't cause my brother to stumble.
- World English Bible

Wherfor if mete sclaundrith my brother, Y schal neuere ete fleisch, lest Y sclaundre my brothir.
- Wycliffe Bible

wherefore, if victuals cause my brother to stumble, I may eat no flesh -- to the age -- that my brother I may not cause to stumble.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 8:13


8:13 If meat - Of any kind. Who will follow this example? What preacher or private Christian will abstain from any thing lawful in itself, when it offends a weak brother?


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 8:13


1Co 8:13 Wherefore, if food maketh my brother to offend. To stumble and fall. Love, in this case, would demand that the meat be given up. The principle applies to many things. Some Christians can, perhaps, go to the theater, or dance, or attend the fairs of our day, where the races are the great feature, or even drink wine or beer, without falling. Others cannot. Yet the example of the strong will lead the weak to engage in them, and hence that example will lead them to spiritual death. The Christian principle, the rule of love, is, "If eating meat, or going to the theater, or going to a ball, or attending the fair, or drinking wine or beer, causeth my brother to offend, I will not do these things while the world standeth".

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 8

  • Anand
    Thank you, Matthew and Sabrina for your thoughts. Serves as an inspiration to me to dwell more in the Lord's presence.
  • Sabrina
    Matthew I read your comment and it truly blessed my soul. It was like reading my own words. I don't want anything else but Him too and I want Him to fill me with His love so that it will overflow and touch everyone that I come in contact with. God bless you abundantly Matthew in Jesus name. Amen.
  • Matthew
    I Love God Jesus and the Holy Spirit 3 in me. I choose not to choose anything but what is from God. I don't want the choice to ever choose anything else. May the Light shine in me so that I may share the Light with all who cross my path
  • Bebee
    Food offered to idol is a sin for Christians when you aware it and still buy it, be careful what you eat, some of this Chinese stores and restaurants do sacrifice the food to their shrine or rather gods before selling to consumers.
  • Nick Nkole
    I think that Paul’s advice implies to other actions, not just to meat offered to idols. It implies that we shouldn’t partake in worldly dances. It implies that we shouldn’t partake in any worldly affairs too. Yes, it implies that we shouldn’t do a thing that could be offensive to the taste of our weak brother or sister.
  • Dennis
    To Grant: Here, Jesus may not be saying that He is God, true. But there are a number of other places that state it and even more where it is implied. Wouldn't it be a shame to deny this long held doctrine which in the last couple of centuries in particular has come under attack, and to lose one's soul; "For if ye believe not that I am He, ye shall perish in your sins."

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