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Romans 14 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Do Not Pass Judgment on One Another

Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:1 - As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:2 - One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:3 - Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:4 - Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master[fn] that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:5 - One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:6 - The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:7 - For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:8 - For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:9 - For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:10 - Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God;
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:11 - for it is written,
“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall confess[fn] to God.”
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:12 - So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.

Do Not Cause Another to Stumble

Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:13 - Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:14 - I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:15 - For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:16 - So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:17 - For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:18 - Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:19 - So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:20 - Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:21 - It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:22 - The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:23 - 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.[fn]
ESV Footnotes
Or lord
Or shall give praise
Some manuscripts add or be hindered or be weakened
Some manuscripts insert here 16:25–27

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