Do Not Pass Judgment on One Another1As for athe one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. 2 bOne person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. 3Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and clet not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. 4 dWho are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master ▼
▼Or lordthat he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
5 fOne person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. gEach one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since hhe gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7For inone of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, jwhether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9For to this end Christ kdied and lived again, that he might be Lord both lof the dead and of the living.
10Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For mwe will all stand before nthe judgment seat of God; 11for it is written,
o“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall confess ▼
▼Or shall give praiseto God.”
12So then qeach of us will give an account of himself to God.
Do Not Cause Another to Stumble13 rTherefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide snever to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. 14I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus tthat nothing is unclean in itself, ubut it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. 15For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, vyou are no longer walking in love. wBy what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died. 16 xSo do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. 17 yFor the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but zof righteousness and aapeace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18Whoever thus serves Christ is abacceptable to God and approved by men. 19So then let us acpursue what makes for peace and for admutual upbuilding.
20 aeDo not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. afEverything is indeed clean, but agit is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats. 21 ahIt is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble. ▼
▼Some manuscripts add or be hindered or be weakened22The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. ajBlessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. 23But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin. ▼
▼Some manuscripts insert here 16:25–27
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