1 Corinthians 10:31 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Corinthians 10:31, NIV: "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."

1 Corinthians 10:31, ESV: "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."

1 Corinthians 10:31, KJV: "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."

1 Corinthians 10:31, NASB: "Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all things for the glory of God."

1 Corinthians 10:31, NLT: "So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."

1 Corinthians 10:31, CSB: "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God."

What does 1 Corinthians 10:31 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul has provided some specific guidelines in the previous verses about when Christians should eat and refrain from eating food that has been offered to idols. Those answers gave broad freedom to those who are spiritually "strong" and recognize that God gives a good purpose for everything He has created (1 Timothy 4:4). Scripture has also provided careful warnings that moderate how that freedom can be used. Here, Paul boils everything down to a single principle that should drive all our choices.

Believers should be motivated to bring glory to God in everything we do, or choose not to do. This includes our choices to eat or drink, or to refuse. Paul adds this to a list of motivating factors for the use of our freedom in Christ. Will this activity be helpful to me or will it cause me to be "mastered" (1 Corinthians 6:12)? Will doing this build up others and be good for my neighbor as well as for myself (1 Corinthians 10:23–24)? And now, will this choice to eat or drink or do anything else bring glory to God?

In all cases, the question of whether this activity will bring me pleasure, material gain, or status should not be the deciding factor alone even for those who are free in Christ. Just as anything done without conviction is sin (Romans 14:23), Christians should not participate in anything they don't feel brings glory to God.