Do Not Pass Judgment on One Another1 As for a the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. 2 b One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. 3 Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and c let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. 4 d Who 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 f One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. g Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since h he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For i none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, j whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ k died and lived again, that he might be Lord both l of the dead and of the living. 10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For m we will all stand before n the judgment seat of God; 11 for 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.”
12 So then q each of us will give an account of himself to God.
Do Not Cause Another to Stumble13 r Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide s never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. 14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus t that nothing is unclean in itself, u but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. 15 For if your brother is grieved by what you eat v you are no longer walking in love. w By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died. 16 x So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. 17 y For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but z of righteousness and aa peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 Whoever thus serves Christ is ab acceptable to God and approved by men. 19 So then let us ac pursue what makes for peace and for ad mutual upbuilding. 20 ae Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. af Everything is indeed clean, but ag it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats. 21 ah It 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 weakened22 The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. aj Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. 23 But 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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