Romans 14 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Accept into your group someone who is weak in faith, and do not argue about opinions. 1 Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.
2 One person believes it is right to eat all kinds of food. But another, who is weak, believes it is right to eat only vegetables. 2 One man's faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables.
3 The one who knows that it is right to eat any kind of food must not reject the one who eats only vegetables. And the person who eats only vegetables must not think that the one who eats all foods is wrong, because God has accepted that person. 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 You cannot judge another person's servant. The master decides if the servant is doing well or not. And the Lord's servant will do well because the Lord helps him do well. 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 Some think that one day is more important than another, and others think that every day is the same. Let all be sure in their own mind. 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 Those who think one day is more important than other days are doing that for the Lord. And those who eat all kinds of food are doing that for the Lord, and they give thanks to God. Others who refuse to eat some foods do that for the Lord, and they give thanks to God. 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 do not live or 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 are living for the Lord, and if we die, we are dying for the Lord. So living or dying, we belong to the Lord. 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 The reason Christ died and rose from the dead to live again was so he would be Lord over 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 So why do you judge your brothers or sisters in Christ? And why do you think you are better than they are? We will all stand before God to be judged, 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 in the Scriptures: " 'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'Everyone will bow before me; everyone will say that I am 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 each of us will have to answer to God. 12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
13 For that reason we should stop judging each other. We must make up our minds not to do anything that will make another Christian sin. 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 am in the Lord Jesus, and I know that there is no food that is wrong to eat. But if a person believes something is wrong, that thing is wrong for him. 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 you hurt your brother's or sister's faith because of something you eat, you are not really following the way of love. Do not destroy someone's faith by eating food he thinks is wrong, because Christ died for him. 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 Do not allow what you think is good to become what others say is evil. 16 Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil.
17 In the kingdom of God, eating and drinking are not important. The important things are living right with God, 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 Anyone who serves Christ by living this way is pleasing God and will be accepted by other people. 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.
19 So let us try to do what makes peace and helps one another. 19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
20 Do not let the eating of food destroy the work of God. All foods are all right to eat, but it is wrong to eat food that causes someone else to sin. 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 is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that will cause your brother or sister to sin. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall.
22 Your beliefs about these things should be kept secret between you and God. People are happy if they can do what they think is right without feeling guilty. 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 eat something without being sure it is right are wrong because they did not believe it was right. Anything that is done without believing it is right is a 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.