1 Corinthians 10



1 Corinthians 10 emphasizes the need for caution and self-discipline, drawing lessons from Israel's history. Paul encourages the Corinthians to be mindful of their actions, especially regarding participation in idolatrous practices, and to prioritize the welfare of others. The chapter underscores the importance of glorifying God in all aspects of life.


  1. Warnings from Israel's History (1 Corinthians 10:1-13): Paul reminds the Corinthians of the experiences of the Israelites in the wilderness. Despite having received blessings, many of them fell into idolatry and disobedience, resulting in severe consequences. Paul warns the Corinthians to learn from these examples and avoid overconfidence in their spiritual standing.
  2. Participation in Idol Feasts (1 Corinthians 10:14-22): Paul addresses the issue of participating in meals offered to idols. While he acknowledges that idols are nothing, he cautions against participating in the table of demons. Believers cannot partake in the Lord's table and the table of demons simultaneously.
  3. Seeking the Good of Others (1 Corinthians 10:23-33): Paul encourages the Corinthians to prioritize the well-being and conscience of others in their actions. While believers are free to eat whatever is sold in the marketplace, they should consider the impact on others, avoiding causing offense. The overarching principle is to glorify God in everything they do.