1 Corinthians 8:8
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New International Version
But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we�do.


New American Standard Bible
But food will not commend us to God; we are neither the worse if we do not eat, nor the better if we do eat.


King James Bible
But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.


Holman Christian Standard Bible
Food will not make us acceptable to God. We are not inferior if we don't eat, and we are not better if we do eat.


International Standard Version
However, food will not bring us closer to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat food that has been offered to an idol, and no better off if we do.


American Standard Version
But food will not commend us to God: neither, if we eat not, are we the worse; nor, if we eat, are we the better.


Douay-Rheims Bible
But meat doth not commend us to God. For neither, if we eat, shall we have the more; nor, if we eat not, shall we have the less.


Darby Bible Translation
But meat does not commend us to God; neither if we should not eat do we come short; nor if we should eat have we an advantage.


Young's Literal Translation
But victuals do not commend us to God, for neither if we may eat are we in advance; nor if we may not eat, are we behind;
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Context
Food Sacrificed to Idols

1Now as touching things offered to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but charity edifies. 2And if any man think that he knows any thing, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. 3But if any man love God, the same is known of him. 4As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. 5For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) 6But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. 7However, there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol to this hour eat it as a thing offered to an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. 8But meat commends us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. 9But take heed lest by any means this liberty of your's become a stumbling block to them that are weak. 10For if any man see you which have knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols; 11And through your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? 12But when you sin so against the brothers, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13Why, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world stands, lest I make my brother to offend.
Cross References
Matthew 25:15
And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.


Romans 14:17
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.


1 Corinthians 8:7
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