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he sinneth not: let such virgins marry. But he who
Ch. viii. Now concerning things offered to idols, we know
(for we all have knowledge: knowledge puffeth up, but
* by the law, R. T. † Or, through, N. m.
through thy knowledge will not thy weak brother perish, 12 for whom Christ died ? But when ye sin thus against your brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin 13 against Christ. Wherefore if food cause my brother to offend, I will not eat flesh for ever, lest I cause my brother to offend. CH. Ix. AM I not a free-man 2 am I not an apostle 2 have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord * are not ye my work in the Lord 2 If I be not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you : for ye are the seal of mine apostleship in the Lord. My defence to those that examine me, is this: Have we not a right to eat and to drink” have we not a right to take about with us a christian wifet, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Peter 2 or have I only, and Barnabas, no right to forbear working Who ever serveth in war at his own charge P who planteth a vineyard and eateth not of its fruit? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk 8 of the flock 2 Say I these things according to the manner 9 of men 2 or doth not the law also say the same For it is written in the law of Moses, “Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that is treading out the corn.” Doth 10 God take care for oxen only 2 Or doth he certainly say this for our sakes also 2 For our sakes, no doubt, it was written : for he who ploweth ought to plow in hope; 11 and he who thresheth ought to partake of his hopeș. If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing 12 if we shall reap your worldly things If others partake of this right over you, ought not we rather ? Nevertheless, we have not used this right; but we endure all things, lest we should give any hindrance to the gospel
* “At the charge of our converts 2° Newcome.
+ Gr, a wife, a sister. A wife, being a sister, Geneva version. Or, a wife who is a sister in Christ, N. m.
; Gr. Cephas 2 N. m.
§ Or, ought to thresh in hope of partaking. MSS. N. m.
of Christ. Know ye not that those who minister about
* Gr. have I written, N. m.
I bruise my body, and subject it: lest by any means, after having served as a herald to others, I myself should be disapproved".
Ch. x. For, brethren, I would not have you ignorant, that
all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and were all baptized into Moses in the cloud, and in the sea; and all ate the same spiritual food; and all drank the same spiritual drink. (For they drank of the spiritual rock which followed them : and that rock wast Christ.) Yet with most of them God ws not well-pleased : for they were destroyed in the desert. Now these things came to pass for examples to us; that we should not be desirous of evil things, as they also desired. Nor be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and to drink,
8 and rose up to sport::” nor let us commit fornication, as
some of them committed, and fell in one day twentythree thousand : nor let us try the Lord $, as some of them also tried him ; and perished by serpents: nor murmur ye, as some of them [also murmured; and perished by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as examples; and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages are come ||. Wherefore ket him who thinketh that he standeth, take heed lest he fall. No temptation hath befallen you, but such as is human: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above your ability; but with the temptation
* So Doddridge. “when I have preached to others, I myself should be a reprobate.” N.
+ “The verb substantive is here used as Matth. xxvi. 26. 28. It was an emblem and representation of Christ.” Newcome.
f Or, dance before the idol: N. m.
§ “If we read Xerov, the sense is: Nor let us tempt, try, prove, provoke, Christ now ; as some of them did God at that time.” Newcome. “Christ” is the reading of the received text, and it is retained by Griesbach even in his second edition. The word “Lord” is adopted by the Primate upon the authority of the Vatican and Ephr. MSS. “God” is the reading of the Alexandrian.
| Or, the last age is come. N. m.
will make a way also to escape, that ye may be able to
bear it. 14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. I 15 speak as to men of understanding *: judge ye what I say. . 16 The cup of blessing for which we give thanks t, is it not
a participation I of the blood of Christ? The bread which
we break, is it not a participation of the body of Christ? 17 (For we, though many, are as one bread, and one body $: 18 for we all share one bread.) Behold Israel according to
the flesh: are not those that eat of the sacrifices common 19 partakers with the altar ? What say I then ? that an idol
is any thing, or that what is offered to idols is any thing? 20 No: but that the things which the gentiles offer, they offer to demons, and not to God: and I would not that
ye 21 should be common partakers with demons. Ye cannot
drink the Lord's cup, and the cup of demons: ye cannot 22 partake of the Lord's table, and the table of demons. Do
we provoke the Lord to jealousy || ? are we stronger than
he ? 23 All things are lawful I, but all things are not expe
dient: all things are lawful 1, but all things edify not. 24 Let no man seek his own good only; but every man that 25 of another also. Eat whatsoever is sold in the shambles, 26 askivg no question because of conscience. For the earth 27 is the Lord's, and all that is in it. And if any of those
who believe not ask you to a feast, and ye be disposed to
go; eat whatsoever is set before you, asking no question 28 because of conscience. But if any man say to you,
• This hath been offered to idols;" eat not, because of
So W. wise men, N.
“For we are all one bread, and one body.” N. m. Others render thus: “Because
lawful for me, R. T,