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1 Corinthians 8:12

    1 Corinthians 8:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But when you sin so against the brothers, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And thus, sinning against the brethren, and wounding their conscience when it is weak, ye sin against Christ.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And in this way, doing evil to the brothers, and causing trouble to those whose faith is feeble, you are sinning against Christ.

    Webster's Revision

    And thus, sinning against the brethren, and wounding their conscience when it is weak, ye sin against Christ.

    World English Bible

    Thus, sinning against the brothers, and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And thus, sinning against the brethren, and wounding their conscience when it is weak, ye sin against Christ.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 8:12

    But when ye sin so against the brethren - Against Christians, who are called by the Gospel to abhor and detest all such abominations.

    Ye sin against Christ - By sending to perdition, through your bad example, a soul for whom he shed his blood; and so far defeating the gracious intentions of his sacrificial death. This is a farther intimation, that a person for whom Christ died may perish; and this is the drift of the apostle's argument.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 8:12

    But when ye sin so against the brethren - This is designed further to show the evil of causing others to sin; and hence, the evil which might arise from partaking of the meat offered to idols. The word sin here is to be taken in the sense of "injuring, offending, leading into sin." You violate the law which requires you to love your brethren, and to seek their welfare, and thus you sin against them. Sin is properly against God; but there may be a course of injury pursued against people, or doing them injustice or wrong, and this is sin against them. Christians are bound to do right toward all.

    And wound their weak conscience - The word "wound" here (τύπτοντες tuptontes, "smiting, beating") is taken in the sense of injure. Their consciences are ill-informed. They have not the knowledge which you have. And by your conduct they are led further into error, and believe that the idol is something, and is to be honored. They are thus led into sin, and their conscience is more and more perverted, and oppressed more and more with a sense of guilt.

    Ye sin against Christ - Because:

    (1) Christ has commanded you to love them, and seek their good, and not to lead them into sin, and,

    (2) Because they are so intimately united to Christ (see the notes at John 15:1 ff) that to offend them is to offend him; to injure the members is to injure the head; to destroy their souls is to pain his heart and to injure his cause; see the note at Matthew 10:40; compare Luke 10:16.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 8:12

    8:12 Ye sin against Christ - Whose members they are.