The First Epistle of Paul to the CORINTHIANS
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 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy?

  Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he? All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth. Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake: For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof. If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake. But if any man say unto you,
This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof: Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience? For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks? Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:18-31 kjv)
The First Epistle of Paul to the CORINTHIANS

orinth was an important cosmopolitan city located in the Roman province of Achaia (the southern part of modern-day Greece) on a large isthmus about fifty miles west of Athens, It was situated along a major trade route and had a thriving economy. For this reason, large numbers of sailors and merchants from every nation flocked to the city of Corinth.
During the first century, it was one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire and by the end of the second century it had become one of the richest cities in the world.
Corinth was a strategic center of influence for the gospel since those travelers who heard the gospel there could carry it to all parts of the world. The city of Corinth, however, was one of the wickedest cities of ancient times. Immorality, unscrupulous business dealings, and pagan practices abounded.
Of the scores of heathen religions that were practiced in the city, the most well-known was the worship of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. The temple of Aphrodite stood on the most prominent point in the city, a hill called Acrocorinth, and housed one thousand "temple prostitutes."

Paul was able to establish a church in Corinth during his eighteen month residence there (about A.D. 52-53) on his second missionary journey (Acts 18:1-11; 1 Cor. 2:1, 2). Pal lived and worked as a tentmaker with two other Jewish converts, Aquila and Priscilla, who had recently come from Rome (Acts 18:1, 2). When Paul left Corinth, a man named Apollos ministered there after Aquila and Priscilla had more completely expounded the gospel to him (Acts 18:26, 27; 19:1; see 1 Cor. 1:12; 16:12).
Three years after this, Paul wrote this letter from Ephesus to the Corinthian believers. Later, Paul received a report from the members of the household of Chloe concerning the bad conduct of some in the church (1 Cor. 1:11). Many of the members had recently been converted from paganism and were having difficulty breaking habits of their former lifestyles. There were such deep divisions among them that some of the believers were bringing lawsuits against one another and allowing unbelieving judges to settle the disputes (chap. 6).

Paul reprimanded the church for failing to discipline certain of its members who were guilty of gross immorality (chap. 5). He also gave them counsel regarding some of the common marriage problems, and instructed them in the proper conduct of those who were unmarried (chap. 7). In addition, Paul discussed the eating of meats offered to idols (1 Cor. 8; 10:18- 31), abuses of the Lord's Supper (1 Cor. 11:17-34), spiritual gifts (chaps. 12; 13), conduct is the formal assemblies for worship (1 Cor. 11:2-16; 14:1-40), and the resurrection (chap. 15).
 [Source for Introduction of chapter: Hebrew Greek Key Study Bible KJV edited by Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D. AMG Publishers, Chattanooga, TN 37422]

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