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Romans 14 :: New International Version (NIV)

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The Weak and the Strong

Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:1 - Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:2 - One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:3 - The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:4 - Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:5 - One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:6 - Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:7 - For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:8 - If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:9 - For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:10 - You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister[fn]? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:11 - It is written: “ ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’ ”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:12 - So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:13 - Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:14 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:15 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:16 - Therefore do not let what you know is 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, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:18 - because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:19 - Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:20 - Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:21 - It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:22 - So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 14:23 - But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.[fn]
NIV Footnotes
The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family; also in verses 13, 15 and 21.
Isaiah 45:23
Some manuscripts place 16:25-27 here; others after 15:33.

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