Principles of Conscience1 Now a accept the one who is b weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions. 2 c One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is d weak eats vegetables only. 3 The one who eats is not to e regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to f judge the one who eats, for God has g accepted him. 4 h Who are you to judge the ▼
▼ Or house-servantservant of another? To his own ▼
▼ Lit lordmaster he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. 5 k One person ▼
▼ Lit judgesregards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be m fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats ▼
▼ Lit eatsdoes so for the Lord, for he o gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God. 7 For not one of us p lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; 8 for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore q whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end r Christ died and lived again, that He might be s Lord both of the dead and of the living. 10 But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you t regard your brother with contempt? For u we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11 For it is written, v “As I live, says the Lord w every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall ▼
▼ Or confessgive praise to God.”
12 So then y each one of us will give an account of himself to God. 13 Therefore let us not z judge one another anymore, but rather determine this— aa not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way. 14 I know and am convinced ▼
▼ Lit throughin the Lord Jesus that ac nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who ad thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15 For if because of food your brother is hurt, you are no longer ae walking according to love. af Do not destroy with your food him for whom Christ died. 16 Therefore ag do not let what is for you a good thing be ▼
▼ Lit blasphemedspoken of as evil; 17 for the kingdom of God ai is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and aj peace and ak joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 For he who in this way al serves Christ is am acceptable to God and approved by men. 19 So then ▼
▼ Later mss read let us pursuewe ao pursue the things which make for peace and the ap building up of one another. 20 aq Do not tear down the work of God for the sake of food. ar All things indeed are clean, but as they are evil for the man who eats ▼
▼ Lit with offenseand gives offense. 21 au It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles. 22 The faith which you have, have ▼
▼ Lit according to yourselfas your own conviction before God. Happy is he who aw does not condemn himself in what he approves. 23 But ax he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.
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