Do Not Pass Judgment on One Another
1 Now receive the one who is weak in faith, but not for quarrels about opinions. 2One believes he may eat all things, but the one who is weak eats only vegetables. 3The one who eats must not despise the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat must not judge the one who eats, because God has accepted him. 4Who are you, who passes judgment on the domestic slave belonging to someone else? To his own master he stands or falls, and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
5One person#Some manuscripts have “For one person” prefers one day over another day, and another person regards every day alike. Each one must be fully convinced in his own mind. 6The one who is intent on the day is intent on it for the Lord, and the one who eats eats for the Lord, because he is thankful to God, and the one who does not eat does not eat for the Lord, and he is thankful to God. 7For none of us lives for himself and none dies for himself. 8For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9For Christ died and became alive again for this reason, in order that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
10But why do you judge your brother? Or also, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11For it is written,
“As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to me,
and every tongue will praise God.”#A quotation from Isa 45:23
12So#Some manuscripts have “So then,” each one of us will give an account concerning himself.#Some manuscripts have “an account concerning himself to God”
13Therefore, let us no longer pass judgment on one another, but rather decide this: not to place a cause for stumbling or a temptation before a brother. 14I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean of itself, except to the one who considers something to be unclean; to that person it is unclean. 15For if because of food, your brother is grieved, you are no longer living according to love. Do not destroy by your food that person for whom Christ died. 16Therefore do not let your good be slandered. 17For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18For the one who serves Christ in this way is well-pleasing to God and approved by people.
19So then, let us pursue what promotes peace#Literally “the things of peace” and what edifies one another#Literally “the things of edification toward one another”. 20Do not destroy the work of God on account of food. All things are clean, but it is wrong for the person who eats and stumbles in the process#Literally “who eats with stumbling”. 21It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine or to do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is weakened.#Some manuscripts omit “or is offended or is weakened” 22The faith that you have, have with respect to yourself before God. Blessed is the one who does not pass judgment on himself by what he approves. 23But the one who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not do so from faith, and everything that is not from faith is sin.
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