33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
33 even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.
33 just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.
33 I try my best to be considerate of everyone's feelings in all these matters; I hope you will be, too.
33 just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
33 I, too, try to please everyone in everything I do. I don't just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 10:33
Commentary on 1 Corinthians 10:23-33
(Read 1 Corinthians 10:23-33)
There were cases wherein Christians might eat what had been offered to idols, without sin. Such as when the flesh was sold in the market as common food, for the priest to whom it had been given. But a Christian must not merely consider what is lawful, but what is expedient, and to edify others. Christianity by no means forbids the common offices of kindness, or allows uncourteous behaviour to any, however they may differ from us in religious sentiments or practices. But this is not to be understood of religious festivals, partaking in idolatrous worship. According to this advice of the apostle, Christians should take care not to use their liberty to the hurt of others, or to their own reproach. In eating and drinking, and in all we do, we should aim at the glory of God, at pleasing and honouring him. This is the great end of all religion, and directs us where express rules are wanting. A holy, peaceable, and benevolent spirit, will disarm the greatest enemies.