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1 Corinthians 10:23

    1 Corinthians 10:23 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    All things are lawful; but not all things are expedient. All things are lawful; but not all things edify.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    We are free to do all things, but there are things which it is not wise to do. We are free to do all things, but not all things are for the common good.

    Webster's Revision

    All things are lawful; but not all things are expedient. All things are lawful; but not all things edify.

    World English Bible

    "All things are lawful for me," but not all things are profitable. "All things are lawful for me," but not all things build up.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    All things are lawful; but all things are not expedient. All things are lawful; but all things edify not.

    Definitions for 1 Corinthians 10:23

    Edify - To construct, build up or establish.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 10:23

    All things are lawful for me - I may lawfully eat all kinds of food, but all are not expedient; ου παντα συμφερει· It would not be becoming in me to eat of all, because I should by this offend and grieve many weak minds. See the notes on 1 Corinthians 6:12, etc.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 10:23

    All things are lawful for me - See the note at 1 Corinthians 6:12. This is a repetition of what he had said before; and it is here applied to the subject of eating the meat that had been offered to idols. The sense is," Though it may be admitted that it was strictly "lawful" to partake of that meat, yet there were strong reasons why it was inexpedient; and those reasons ought to have the binding force of law."

    All things edify not - All things do not tend to build up the church, and to advance the interests of religion; and when they do not have this effect, they are not expedient, and are improper. Paul acted for the welfare of the church. His object was to save souls. Anything that would promote that object was proper; anything which would hinder it, though in itself it might not be strictly unlawful, was in his view improper. This is a simple rule, and might be easily applied by all. If a man has his heart on the conversion of people and the salvation of the world, it will go far to regulate his conduct in reference to many things concerning which there may be no exact and positive law. It will do much to regulate his dress; his style of living; his expenses; his entertainments; his mode of contact with the world. He may not be able to fix his finger on any positive law, and to say that this or that article of dress is improper; that this or that piece of furniture is absolutely forbidden; or that this or that manner of life is contrary to any explicit law of Yahweh; but he may see that it will interfere with his great and main purpose, "to do good on the widest scale possible;" and therefore to him it will be inexpedient and improper. Such a grand leading purpose is a much better guide to direct a man's life than would be exact positive statutes to regulate everything, even if such minute statutes were possible.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 10:23

    10:23 Supposing this were lawful in itself, yet it is not expedient, it is not edifying to my neighbour.