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

  • 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."
  • HARY COLLINS
    Every true child of God should be careful the way he or she uses the freedom we have in Christ to avoid leading those who are new in the faith to sin.
  • One is one. Period. Jesus said me and the Father are one. One what? At Jn 17:21 Jesus said he and his disiples are one. So, Jesus wanted all his followers to be one,just as he and his Father one. Jesus is not saying he is God when he says me and the Father are one.
  • Gary fletcher
    I really like Corinthians this book of truth and it is straight to the point and I Have to say I really admire the apostle Paul because of how God used him in a mighty way,and especially where he came from what he was tough as a child and how he believe in what he was tough and how God brought him out of his wrong and into his glorious right and after meeting Jesus on Damascus rd and when God cleaned him up and used him to preach his gospel amen

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