Romans 14:16

16 Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil.

Romans 14:16 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:
English Standard Version (ESV)
16 So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil.
New Living Translation (NLT)
16 Then you will not be criticized for doing something you believe is good.
The Message Bible (MSG)
16 Don't you dare let a piece of God-blessed food become an occasion of soul-poisoning!
American Standard Version (ASV)
16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
16 Don't allow anyone to say that what you consider good is evil.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
16 Therefore, do not let your good be slandered,
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
16 Don't let something you consider good be spoken of as if it were evil.

Romans 14:16 Meaning and Commentary

Romans 14:16

Let not then your good be evil spoken of.
] The Vulgate Latin reads it, "our good", and so the Syriac version; the sense is the same, and to be understood either of the Gospel in general, which is good in its author, matter, effects, and consequences; is good tidings of good things, and which might be blasphemed by the men of the world, on account of the divisions and contentions among the professors of it, about such little trivial things, as eating this or the other sort of food; and therefore care should be taken, that it be not evil spoken of through such conduct: or else the doctrine of Christian liberty in particular, which is a good thing; Christ has procured it, and bestows it upon his people; it is a valuable blessing in itself, and is attended and followed with many considerable privileges and immunities; but may be evil spoken of by those, who do not so well understand it, through an imprudent use of it by those who do; and who therefore should guard against any reproach that may be cast upon it; and rather than this should be the case, forego the use of it, in things of an indifferent nature; see ( 1 Corinthians 10:30 ) ; so that this is another of the apostle's reasons, why though nothing is of itself unclean, yet it should be abstained from on account of others.

Romans 14:16 In-Context

14 I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean.
15 If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died.
16 Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil.
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 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.

Cross References 1

  • 1. 1 Corinthians 10:30
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