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.
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.
World English Bible
But food will not commend us to God. For neither, if we don't eat, are we the worse; nor, if we eat, are we the better.
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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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
But meat commendeth us not to God - This is to be regarded as the view presented by the Corinthian Christians, or by the advocates for partaking of the meat offered in sacrifice to idols. The sense is, "Religion is of a deeper and more spiritual nature than a mere regard to circumstances like these. God looks at the heart. He regards the motives, the thoughts, the moral actions of people. The mere circumstance of eating 'meat,' or abstaining from it, cannot make a man better or worse in the sight of a holy God. The acceptable worship of God is not placed in such things. It is more spiritual; more deep; more important. And therefore, the inference is, "it cannot be a matter of much importance whether a man eats the meat offered in sacrifice to idols, or abstains." To this argument the apostle replies 1 Corinthians 8:9-13, that, although this might be true in itself, yet it might be the occasion of leading others into sin, and it would then become a matter of great importance in the sight of God, and should be in the sight of all true Christians. The word "commendeth" παράστησι parastēsi means properly to introduce to the favor of anyone, as a king or ruler; and here means to recommend to the favor of God. God does not regard this as a matter of importance. He does not make his favor depend on unimportant circumstances like this.
Neither if we eat - If we partake of the meat offered to idols.
Are we the better - Margin, "Have we the more." Greek Do we abound περισσεύομεν perisseuomen; that is, in moral worth or excellence of character; see the note at Revelation 14:17.
Are we the worse - Margin, "Have we the less." Greek, Do we lack or want (ὑστερούμεθα husteroumetha); that is, in moral worth or excellence.
LibraryThe Law of Christian Conscience.
Preached January 25, 1852. THE LAW OF CHRISTIAN CONSCIENCE. "Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some, with conscience of the idol, unto this hour, eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is denied. 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. But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling-block to them that are weak. For if any man see thee which hast …
Frederick W. Robertson—Sermons Preached at Brighton
The Manifestation of Holy Love.
"Boast not Thyself of To-Morrow, for Thou Knowest not what a Day May Bring Forth. "
The Unity of God
"To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey.
for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
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