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Romans 14 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Accept those whose faith is weak. Don't judge them where you have differences of opinion. 1 Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.
2 The faith of some people allows them to eat anything. But others eat only vegetables because their faith is weak. 2 One man's faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables.
3 People who eat everything must not look down on those who do not. And people who don't eat everything must not judge those who do. 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? Whether they are faithful or not is their own master's concern. They will be faithful, because the Lord has the power to make them faithful. 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 people consider one day to be more holy than another. Others think all days are the same. Each person should be absolutely sure in his 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 special do it to honor the Lord. Those who eat meat do it to honor the Lord. They give thanks to God. Those who don't eat meat do it to honor the Lord. They also 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 don't live for ourselves alone. And we don't die all by ourselves. 7 For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone.
8 If we live, we live to honor the Lord. If we die, we die to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, 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 Christ died and came back to life. He did this to become the 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 Now then, who are you to judge your brother or sister? Why do you look down on them? We will all stand in God's courtroom 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 It is written, " 'You can be sure that I live,' says the Lord. 'And you can be just as sure that every knee will bow down in front of me. Every tongue will tell the truth to God.' " #1(Isaiah 45:23)#2 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 we will all have to explain to God the things we have done. 12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
13 Let us stop judging one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put anything in your brother's way that would make him trip and fall. 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 absolutely sure that no food is "unclean" in itself. I say this as one who belongs to the Lord Jesus. But some people may consider a thing to be "unclean." If they do, it is "unclean" for them. 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 Your brothers and sisters may be upset by what you eat. If they are, you are no longer acting as though you love them. So don't destroy them by what you eat. Christ died for them. 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 Don't let something you consider good be spoken of as if it were evil. 16 Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil.
17 God's kingdom has nothing to do with eating or drinking. It is a matter of being right with God. It brings the peace and joy the Holy Spirit gives. 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 Those who serve Christ in this way are pleasing to God. They are pleasing to people too. 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.
19 So let us do all we can to live in peace. And let us work hard to 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 the work of God because of food. All food is "clean." But it is wrong for you to eat anything that causes someone else to trip and fall. 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 Don't eat meat if it will cause your brothers and sisters to fall. Don't drink wine or do anything else that will make them fall. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall.
22 No matter what you think about those things, keep it between yourself and God. Blessed are those who do not have to feel guilty for what they allow. 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 guilty if they eat. Their eating is not based on faith. Everything that is not 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.