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Romans 14 (English Standard Version)

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Do Not Pass Judgment on One Another

1 As for 1the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. 2 2One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. 3 Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and 3let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. 4 4Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own mastera that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. 5 5One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. 6Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since 7he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For 8none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, 9whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. 9 For to this end Christ 10died and lived again, that he might be Lord both 11of the dead and of the living. 10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For 12we will all stand before 13the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written, 14"As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confessb to God." 12 So then 15each of us will give an account of himself to God.

Do Not Cause Another to Stumble

13 16Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide 17never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. 14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus 18that nothing is unclean in itself, 19but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. 15 For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, 20you are no longer walking in love. 21By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died. 16 22So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. 17 23For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but 24of righteousness and 25peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 Whoever thus serves Christ is 26acceptable to God and approved by men. 19 So then let us 27pursue what makes for peace and for 28mutual upbuilding. 20 29Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. 30Everything is indeed clean, but 31it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats. 21 32It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.c 22 The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. 33Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.d
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