1-corinthians 10 :19

1-corinthians 10 :19 Translations

King James Version (KJV)

What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?

American King James Version (AKJV)

What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?

American Standard Version (ASV)

What say I then? that a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?

Basic English Translation (BBE)

Do I say, then, that what is offered to images is anything, or that the image is anything?

Webster's Revision

What then do I say? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?

World English Bible

What am I saying then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?

English Revised Version (ERV)

What say I then? that a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?

Definitions for 1-corinthians 10 :19

Clarke's Commentary on 1-corinthians 10 :19

What say I then? - A Jewish phrase for, I conclude; and this is his conclusion: that although an idol is nothing, has neither power nor influence, nor are things offered to idols any thing the worse for being thus offered; yet, as the things sacrificed by the Gentiles are sacrificed to demons and not to God, those who partake of them have fellowship with demons: those who profess Christianity cannot have fellowship both with Christ and the devil.

Barnes's Commentary on 1-corinthians 10 :19

What say I then? - This is in the present tense; τί οὖν φημι ti oun phēmi, what do I say? What is my meaning? What follows from this? Do I mean to say that an idol is anything; that it has a real existence? Does my reasoning lead to that conclusion; and am I to be understood as affirming that an idol is of itself of any consequence? It must be recollected that the Corinthian Christians are introduced by Paul 1 Corinthians 8:4 as saying that they knew that an idol was nothing in the world. Paul did not directly contradict that; but his reasoning had led him to the necessity of calling the propriety of their attending on the feasts of idols in question; and he introduces the matter now by asking these questions, thus leading the mind to it rather than directly affirming it at once. "Am I in this reasoning to be understood as affirming that an idol is anything, or that the meat there offered differs from other meat? No; you know, says Paul, that this is not my meaning. I admit that an idol in itself is nothing; but I do not admit, therefore, that it is right for you to attend in their temples; for though the "idol" itself - the block of wood or stone - is nothing, yet the offerings are really made to devils; and I would not have you engage in such a service;" 1 Corinthians 10:20-21.

That the idol is anything? - That the block of wood or stone is a real living object of worship, to be dreaded or loved? See the note at 1 Corinthians 8:4.

Or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is anything? - Or that the meat which is offered "differs" from that which is not offered; that the mere act of offering it changes its qualities? I do not admit or suppose this.

Wesley's Commentary on 1-corinthians 10 :19

10:19 What say I then - Do I in saying this allow that an idol is anything divine? I aver, on the contrary, that what the heathens sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils. Such in reality are the gods of the heathens; and with such only can you hold communion in those sacrifices.
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