1 Corinthians 10:1-18 World English Bible

Warning against Idolatry

10 1  Now I would not have you ignorant, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2  and were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3  and all ate the same spiritual food; 4  and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of a spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. 5  However with most of them, God was not well pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

6  Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 7  Neither be idolaters, as some of them were. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” [1] 8  Neither let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them committed, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell. 9  Neither let us test the Lord, as some of them tested, and perished by the serpents. 10  Neither grumble, as some of them also grumbled, and perished by the destroyer. 11  Now all these things happened to them by way of example, and they were written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the ages have come. 12  Therefore let him who thinks he stands be careful that he doesn’t fall. 13  No temptation has taken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but will with the temptation also make the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 14  Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.

15  I speak as to wise men. Judge what I say. 16  The cup of blessing which we bless, isn’t it a sharing of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, isn’t it a sharing of the body of Christ? 17  Because there is one loaf of bread, we, who are many, are one body; for we all partake of the one loaf of bread. 18  Consider Israel according to the flesh. Don’t those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar?


Footnotes

[1] 10:7 Exodus 32:6

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