1 Corinthians 8:1

“Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Now as touching things offered vnto idoles, wee know that wee all haue knowledge. Knowledge puffeth vp: but Charitie edifieth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now concerning things sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now concerning things sacrificed to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but love edifieth.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now about things offered to images: we all seem to ourselves to have knowledge. Knowledge gives pride, but love gives true strength.
- Basic English Bible

But concerning things sacrificed to idols, we know, (for we all have knowledge: knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.
- Darby Bible

Now as concerning things offered to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
- Webster's Bible

Now as to things which have been sacrificed to idols. This is a subject which we already understand--because we all have knowledge of it. Knowledge, however, tends to make people conceited; it is love that builds us up.
- Weymouth Bible

Now concerning things sacrificed to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.
- World English Bible

But of these thingis that ben sacrified to ydols, we witen, for alle we han kunnyng. But kunnyng blowith, charite edefieth.
- Wycliffe Bible

And concerning the things sacrificed to idols, we have known that we all have knowledge: knowledge puffeth up, but love buildeth up;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 8:1


8:1 Now concerning the next question you proposed. All of us have knowledge - A gentle reproof of their self - conceit. Knowledge without love always puffeth up. Love alone edifies - Builds us up in holiness.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 8:1


1Co 8:1 The Duty of the String Toward Weaker Brethren SUMMARY OF I CORINTHIANS 8: Meat Offered in Idol Temples. Not Changed Because So Offered. But Not to Be Eaten Because of Weaker Brethren. Those Having Knowledge Must Act in Love. As touching things offered to idols. Corinth, like all Greek cities, was full of temples to heathen idols. At their altars victims were constantly sacrificed, the flesh of which was afterwards eaten. The question arose whether a Christian could eat of such flesh without the sin of showing deference to an idol. Perhaps the letter to Paul had asked about this matter (1Co 7:1). We all have knowledge. Some pleaded their knowledge that "an idol was nothing" (1Co 8:4), not divine in any sense. Paul tells them that the question is one, not of knowledge, but of charity. Knowledge puffeth up. Those who professed to be knowing ones put on an air of superiority.

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