It is good neither to eat flesh…
Any sort of flesh,
even that which is not forbidden in the law, rather than offend a
weak brother; and the apostle determines for himself, that he would
not, where there was any danger of doing this, (1 Corinthians 8:13) .
Nor to drink wine;
not only the wine of libations to Heathen
deities, but wine in common; which was not prohibited by the law of
Moses, but in the case of a Nazarite, and of vows:
be it what it will,
whereby thy brother stumbleth.
The Syriac version reads, "our
brother"; anyone that stands in such a spiritual relation to any of
us; and for which reason care should be taken, that no stumblingblock,
or occasion to fall, should be put in his way; particularly that
Christian liberty in things indifferent be not unseasonably and
imprudently used, and so become a means of stumbling and staggering to
or is offended;
to that degree, as to censure and judge him that
eats, as an impious person, and a transgressor of the law; with whom
he cannot keep his communion, but withdraws himself from it, and is
even tempted to drop his profession of the Christian religion
entirely, being ready to think it is not right, since contrary to
the law of Moses:
or is made weak;
more weak in the faith than he was before, and his
love is weakened and grows very cold and indifferent to his
Christian brethren, that can take and use a liberty which he cannot.
These two last phrases are not in the Syriac and Ethiopic versions,
nor in the Alexandrian copy, though in others, and are used for the
sake of explanation and amplification.