Amplified Bible

1 Corinthians 10

Avoid Israel’s Mistakes

1For I do not want you to be unaware, believers, that our fathers were all under the cloud [in which God’s presence went before them] and they all passed [miraculously and safely] through the [Red] Sea; And all [of them] were baptized into Moses [into his safekeeping as their leader] in the cloud and in the sea; and all [of them] ate the same [a]spiritual food; and all [of them] drank the same [b]spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ. Nevertheless, God was not well-pleased with [c]most of them, for they were scattered along the ground in the wilderness [because their lack of self-control led to disobedience which led to death].

Now these things [the warnings and admonitions] took place as examples for us, so that we would not crave evil things as they did. Do not be worshipers of handmade gods, as some of them were; just as it is written [in Scripture], “The people sat down to eat and drink [after sacrificing to the [d]golden calf at Horeb], and stood up to play [indulging in immoral activities].” We must not indulge in [nor tolerate] sexual immorality, as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand [suddenly] fell [dead] in a single day! We must not tempt the Lord [that is, test His patience, question His purpose or exploit His goodness], as some of them did—and they were killed by serpents. 10 And do not murmur [in unwarranted discontent], as some of them did—and were destroyed by the [e]destroyer. 11 Now these things happened to them as an example and warning [to us]; they were written for our instruction [to admonish and equip us], upon whom the ends of the ages have come. 12 Therefore let the one who thinks he stands firm [immune to temptation, being overconfident and self-righteous], take care that he does not fall [into sin and condemnation]. 13 No temptation [regardless of its source] has overtaken or enticed you that is not common to human experience [nor is any temptation unusual or beyond human resistance]; but God is faithful [to His word—He is compassionate and trustworthy], and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability [to resist], but along with the temptation He [has in the past and is now and] will [always] provide the way out as well, so that you will be able to endure it [without yielding, and will overcome temptation with joy].

14 Therefore, my beloved, run [keep far, far away] from [any sort of] idolatry [and that includes loving anything more than God, or participating in anything that leads to sin and enslaves the soul]. 15 I am speaking as to wise and sensible people; judge [carefully and thoughtfully consider] for yourselves what I say. 16 Is the cup of blessing which we bless [at the Lord’s Supper] not a sharing in the blood of Christ? [Indeed it is.] Is the bread which we break not a sharing in the body of Christ? [Indeed it is.] 17 Since there is one bread, we [believers] who are many are [united into] one body; for we all partake of the one bread [which represents the body of Christ]. 18 Consider the people of Israel; are those who eat the sacrifices not partners of the altar [united in their worship of the same God]? [Indeed they are.] 19 What do I mean then? That a thing offered to idols is anything [special or changed simply because it is offered], or that an idol is anything? 20 On the contrary, the things which the Gentiles (pagans) sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons [in effect], and not to God; and I do not want you to become partners with demons [by eating at feasts in pagan temples]. 21 You cannot drink [both] the Lord’s cup and the cup of demons. You cannot share in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons [thereby becoming partners with them]. 22 Do we [really] provoke the Lord to jealousy [when we eat food sacrificed to handmade “gods” at pagan feasts]? Are we [spiritually] stronger than He? [Certainly not! He knows that the idols are nothing. But we deeply [f]offend Him.]

23 All things are lawful [that is, morally legitimate, permissible], but not all things are beneficial or advantageous. All things are lawful, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life]. 24 Let no one seek [only] his own good, but [also] that of the other person. 25 [Regarding meat offered to idols:] Eat anything that is sold in the meat market without asking any questions for the sake of your conscience, 26 For the [whole] earth is the Lord’s, and everything that is in it. 27 If one of the unbelievers invites you [to a meal at his home] and you want to go, eat whatever is served to you without asking questions [about its source] for the sake of your conscience. 28 But if anyone says to you, “This meat has been offered in sacrifice to an idol,” do not eat it, out of consideration for the one who told you, and for conscience’s sake— 29 and by conscience I mean for the sake of the other man’s, not yours. For [g]why is my freedom [of choice] judged by another’s conscience [another’s ethics—another’s sense of right and wrong]? 30 If I take my share [of food] with thankfulness, why am I accused because of something for which I give thanks?

31 So then, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of [our great] God. 32 Do not offend Jews or Greeks or even the church of God [but live to honor Him]; 33 just as I please everyone in all things [as much as possible adapting myself to the interests of others], not seeking my own benefit but that of the many, so that they [will be open to the message of salvation and] may be saved.

Notas al pie

  1. 1 Corinthians 10:3 I.e. divinely provided manna.
  2. 1 Corinthians 10:4 I.e. divinely provided water from a rock.
  3. 1 Corinthians 10:5 Of all those adult Israelites who had been in bondage in Egypt, only Joshua and Caleb (along with those born in the wilderness) were allowed to enter the promised land.
  4. 1 Corinthians 10:7 The selection of a calf-god was probably inspired by the Egyptian bull-god Apis (Hapis), believed to be a living manifestation of the Egyptian god Ptah.
  5. 1 Corinthians 10:10 Perhaps a reference to the angel of destruction whom the rabbis called Mashhith.
  6. 1 Corinthians 10:22 The offense consists of becoming “partners with demons” (v 20) merely to enjoy the pagan meal as an exercise of the believer’s liberty.
  7. 1 Corinthians 10:29 Or to what end, i.e. what good can come of it?

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

哥林多前书 10

前车之鉴

1弟兄姊妹,我希望你们知道,我们的祖先曾经在云下走过红海, 都在云下、在海中受洗跟从了摩西。 他们都吃过同样的灵粮, 都喝过同样的灵水,因为他们从那与他们同行的属灵磐石中得水喝,那磐石就是基督。 尽管如此,他们当中大多数人不讨上帝的喜悦,倒毙在旷野。

如今这些事正好警戒我们,叫我们不要像他们那样贪恋罪恶, 也不要像他们当中的人那样去祭拜偶像,正如圣经上说:“百姓坐下吃喝,起来狂欢。” 我们也不要淫乱,像他们当中的人那样,结果一天就死了两万三千人。 也不要试探主,像他们当中的人那样,结果被蛇咬死了。 10 也不要发怨言,像他们当中的人那样,结果被灭命的天使毁灭了。 11 发生在他们身上的这些事都是鉴戒,之所以记录下来是为了警戒我们这活在末世的人。 12 所以,自以为站得稳的人要小心,免得跌倒。

13 你们遇见的诱惑无非是人们常见的。上帝是信实的,祂绝不会让你们遇见无法抵挡的诱惑,祂必为你们开一条出路,使你们经得住诱惑。

切勿祭拜偶像

14 所以,我亲爱的弟兄姊妹,你们要远避祭拜偶像的事。 15 你们都是明白事理的人,可以判断我说的对不对。 16 领圣餐时,我们为那福杯献上感谢,这不表示我们有份于基督的血吗?我们吃掰开的饼,这不表示我们有份于基督的身体吗? 17 我们人数虽多,却同属一个身体,因为我们同享一个饼。

18 你们看以色列人[a],那些吃祭物的难道不是有份于祭坛吗? 19 我这话是什么意思呢?是说偶像和祭偶像的食物有什么特别吗? 20 当然不是,我的意思是那些异教徒所献的祭是祭鬼魔的,而不是献给上帝的。我不愿意你们与鬼魔有任何关系。 21 你们不能又喝主的杯又喝鬼魔的杯,不能又吃主的圣餐又吃祭鬼魔的食物。 22 我们想惹主嫉妒吗?难道我们比祂更有能力吗?

信徒的自由

23 凡事我都可以做,但并非事事都有益处;凡事我都可以行,但并非事事都造就人。 24 无论是谁,不要为自己谋利,要为别人谋利。

25 市场上卖的肉,你们都可以吃,不必为良心的缘故而询问什么, 26 因为世界和其中的万物都属于主。 27 如果有非信徒邀请你们吃饭,你们又愿意去,那么,桌上摆的各样食物,你们只管吃,不必为良心的缘故而询问什么。 28 不过,如果有人告诉你这些是献给偶像的祭物,你为了那告诉你的人和良心的缘故,就不要吃。 29 不过我指的不是你的良心,而是那人的良心。或许有人说:“我的自由为什么要受别人的良心限制呢? 30 如果我存感恩的心吃,为什么还要受批评呢?”

31 所以,你们或吃或喝,无论做什么,都要为上帝的荣耀而做。 32 不要成为犹太人、希腊人或上帝教会的绊脚石, 33 就像我凡事尽量让人满意,不求自己的好处,只求众人的好处,以便他们可以得救。

Notas al pie

  1. 10:18 以色列人”希腊文是“从血统上讲是以色列人”。