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Romans 14 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Welcome the person who is weak in faith—but not in order to argue about differences of opinion. 1 Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.
2 One person believes in eating everything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. 2 One man's faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables.
3 Those who eat must not look down on the ones who don't, and the ones who don't eat must not judge the ones who do, because God has accepted them. 3 The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him.
4 Who are you to judge someone else's servants? They stand or fall before their own Lord (and they will stand, because the Lord has the power to make them stand). 4 Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
5 One person considers some days to be more sacred than others, while another person considers all days to be the same. Each person must have their own convictions. 5 One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.
6 Someone who thinks that a day is sacred, thinks that way for the Lord. Those who eat, eat for the Lord, because they thank God. And those who don't eat, don't eat for the Lord, and they thank the Lord too. 6 He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.
7 We don't live for ourselves and we don't die for ourselves. 7 For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone.
8 If we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to God. 8 If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
9 This is why Christ died and lived: so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living. 9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.
10 But why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you look down on your brother or sister? We all will stand in front of the judgment seat of God. 10 You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat.
11 Because it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to me, and every tongue will give praise to God. 11 It is written: " 'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.' "
12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. 12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
13 So stop judging each other. Instead, this is what you should decide: never put a stumbling block or obstacle in the way of your brother or sister. 13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way.
14 I know and I'm convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is wrong to eat in itself. But if someone thinks something is wrong to eat, it becomes wrong for that person. 14 As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean.
15 If your brother or sister is upset by your food, you are no longer walking in love. Don't let your food destroy someone for whom Christ died. 15 If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died.
16 And don't let something you consider to be good be criticized as wrong. 16 Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil.
17 God's kingdom isn't about eating food and drinking but about righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,
18 Whoever serves Christ this way pleases God and gets human approval. 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.
19 So let's strive for the things that bring peace and the things that build each other up. 19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
20 Don't destroy what God has done because of food. All food is acceptable, but it's a bad thing if it trips someone else. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble.
21 It's a good thing not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything that trips your brother or sister. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall.
22 Keep the belief that you have to yourself—it's between you and God. People are blessed who don't convict themselves by the things they approve. 22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves.
23 But those who have doubts are convicted if they go ahead and eat, because they aren't acting on the basis of faith. Everything that isn't based on faith is sin. 23 But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.