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Principles of Conscience

1 Now aaccept the one who is bweak in faith, [but] not for [the purpose of] passing judgment on his opinions. 2 aOne person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is bweak eats vegetables [only]. 3 The one who eats is not to aregard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to bjudge the one who eats, for God has caccepted him. 4 aWho are you to judge the Iservant of another? To his own IImaster he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

[1] aAc 28:2; Ro 11:15; 14:3; 15:7 bRo 14:2; 15:1; 1Co 8:9ff; 9:22
[2] aRo 14:14 bRo 14:1; 15:1; 1Co 8:9ff; 9:22
[3] aLk 18:9; Ro 14:10 bRo 14:10, 13; Col 2:16 cAc 28:2; Ro 11:15; 14:1; 15:7
[4] IOr house-servant IILit lord aRo 9:20; Jm 4:12

5aOne person Iregards one day above another, another regards every day [alike]. Each person must be bfully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, Idoes so for the Lord, for he agives 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 alives 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 awhether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end aChrist died and lived again, that He might be bLord both of the dead and of the living.

[5] ILit judges aGa 4:10 bLk 1:1; Ro 4:21; 14:23
[6] ILit eats aMt 14:19; 15:36; 1Co 10:30; 1Ti 4:3f
[7] aRo 8:38f; 2Co 5:15; Ga 2:20; Php 1:20f
[8] aLk 20:38; Php 1:20; 1Th 5:10; Rv 14:13
[9] aRv 1:18; 2:8 bMt 28:18; Jn 12:24; Php 2:11; 1Th 5:10

10 ¶ But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you aregard your brother with contempt? For bwe will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11 For it is written,
  “aAS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, bEVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME,
  AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL IGIVE PRAISE TO GOD.”
12 So then aeach one of us will give an account of himself to God.

[10] aLk 18:9; Ro 14:3 bRo 2:16; 2Co 5:10
[11] IOr confess aIs 45:23 bPhp 2:10f
[12] aMt 12:36; 16:27; 1P 4:5

13 ¶ Therefore let us not ajudge one another anymore, but rather determine thisbnot to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way. 14 I know and am convinced Iin the Lord Jesus that anothing is unclean in itself; but to him who bthinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15 For if because of food your brother is hurt, you are no longer awalking according to love. bDo not destroy with your food him for whom Christ died. 16 Therefore ado not let what is for you a good thing be Ispoken of as evil; 17 for the kingdom of God ais not eating and drinking, but righteousness and bpeace and bjoy in the Holy Spirit. 18 For he who in this [way] aserves Christ is bacceptable to God and approved by men. 19 So then Iwe apursue the things which make for peace and the bbuilding up of one another. 20 aDo not tear down the work of God for the sake of food. bAll things indeed are clean, but cthey are evil for the man who eats Iand gives offense. 21 aIt 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 Ias your own conviction before God. Happy is he who adoes not condemn himself in what he approves. 23 But ahe who doubts is condemned if he eats, because [his eating is] not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.

[13] aMt 7:1; Ro 14:3 b1Co 8:13
[14] ILit through aAc 10:15; Ro 14:2, 20 b1Co 8:7
[15] aEp 5:2 bRo 14:20; 1Co 8:11
[16] ILit blasphemed a1Co 10:30; Tit 2:5
[17] a1Co 8:8 bRo 15:13; Ga 5:22
[18] aRo 16:18 b2Co 8:21; Php 4:8; 1P 2:12
[19] ILater mss read let us pursue aPs 34:14; Ro 12:18; 1Co 7:15; 2Ti 2:22; He 12:14 bRo 15:2; 1Co 10:23; 14:3f, 26; 2Co 12:19; Ep 4:12, 29
[20] ILit with offense aRo 14:15 bAc 10:15; Ro 14:2, 14 c1Co 8:9-12
[21] a1Co 8:13
[22] ILit according to yourself a1 Jn 3:21
[23] aRo 14:5


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1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, [but] not to doubtful disputations. 2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.

[1] Jb 4:3; Is 35:3; 40:11; 42:3; Ezk 34:4, 16; Zc 11:16; Mt 10:40; 12:20; 14:31; 18:5, 6, 10; Lk 17:2; Jn 13:20; Ro 4:19; 14:2, 21; 15:1, 7; 1Co 3:1; 8:7; 9:22; Php 2:29; 2Jn 1:10; 3Jn 1:8.
[2] Gn 1:29; 9:3; Pv 15:17; Dn 1:12, 16; Ro 14:14, 22; 1Co 10:25; Ga 2:12; 1Ti 4:4; Tit 1:15; He 9:10; 13:9.

Men may not contemn nor condemn one the other for things different:

3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. 4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. 5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day [alike]. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. 6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth [it] unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard [it]. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. 7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. 8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. 9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. 10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written, [As] I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

[3] Zc 4:10; Mt 7:1; 9:14; 11:18; 18:10; Lk 18:9; Ac 10:34, 44; 15:8; Ro 14:10, 13, 15, 21; 1Co 8:11; 10:29; Col 2:16.
[4] Dt 33:27; Ps 17:5; 37:17, 24, 28; 119:116; Is 40:29; Jn 10:28; Ac 11:17; Ro 8:31; 9:20; 11:23; 14:3; 16:25; 1Co 4:4; He 7:25; Jm 4:11; 1P 1:5; Jde 1:24.
[5] Ro 14:14, 23; 1Co 8:7, 11; Ga 4:9; Col 2:16; 1Jn 3:19.
[6] Ex 12:14, 42; 16:25; Is 58:5; Zc 7:5; Mt 14:19; 15:36; Jn 6:28; 1Co 10:30; Ga 4:10; 1Ti 4:3.
[7] Ro 14:9; 1Co 6:19; 2Co 5:15; Ga 2:19; Php 1:20; 1Th 5:10; Tit 2:14; 1P 4:2.
[8] Jn 21:19; Ac 13:36; 20:24; 21:13; 1Co 3:22; 15:23; Php 2:17, 30; 1Th 4:14; 5:10; Rv 14:13.
[9] Is 53:10; Mt 28:18; Lk 24:26; Jn 5:22, 27; Ac 10:36, 42; 2Co 5:14; Ep 1:20; Php 2:9; 2Ti 4:1; He 12:2; 1P 1:21; 4:5; Rv 1:18.
[10] Ec 12:14; Mt 25:31; Lk 23:11; Jn 5:22; Ac 4:11; 10:42; 17:31; Ro 2:16; 14:3; 1Co 4:5; 2Co 5:10; Jde 1:14; Rv 20:11.
[11] Nu 14:21, 28; Ps 72:11; Is 45:22; 49:18; Jr 22:24; Ezk 5:11; Zp 2:9; Mt 10:32; Ro 10:9; 15:9; Php 2:10; 1Jn 4:15; 2Jn 1:7; Rv 5:14.
[12] Ec 11:9; Mt 12:36; 18:23; Lk 16:2; Ga 6:5; 1P 4:5.

but take heed that they give no offence in them:

13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in [his] brother's way. 14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that [there is] nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him [it is] unclean.

[13] Lv 19:14; 2S 12:14; Is 57:14; Ezk 14:3; Mt 16:23; 18:7; Lk 12:57; 17:2; Ro 9:32; 11:9; 14:4, 10; 16:17; 1Co 8:9; 10:32; 11:13; 2Co 5:14; 6:3; Php 1:10; 1Ti 5:14; Jm 2:4; 4:11; 1Jn 2:10; Rv 2:14.
[14] Ac 10:14, 28; 11:8; Ro 14:2, 20, 23; 1Co 8:7, 10; 10:25; 1Ti 4:4; Tit 1:15.

for that the apostle proveth unlawful by many reasons.

15 But if thy brother be grieved with [thy] meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. 16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of: 17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 18 For he that in these things serveth Christ [is] acceptable to God, and approved of men. 19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. 20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed [are] pure; but [it is] evil for that man who eateth with offence. 21 [It is] good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor [any thing] whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. 22 Hast thou faith? have [it] to thyself before God. Happy [is] he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. 23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because [he eateth] not of faith: for whatsoever [is] not of faith is sin.

[15] Ezk 13:22; Ro 13:10; 15:2; 1Co 8:1, 11, 12; 13:1, 4; Ga 5:13; Php 2:2; 2P 2:1; 1Jn 2:2.
[16] Ro 12:17; 1Co 10:29; 2Co 8:20; 1Th 5:22.
[17] Is 45:24; 55:12; 61:3; Jr 23:5; Dn 2:44; 9:24; Mt 3:2; 6:33; Lk 14:15; 17:20; Jn 3:3, 5; 16:33; Ac 9:31; 13:52; Ro 5:1; 8:6, 15; 15:13; 1Co 1:30; 4:20; 6:9; 8:8; 2Co 5:21; Ga 5:22; Php 2:1; 3:3, 9; 4:4, 7; Col 1:11; 2:16; 1Th 1:6; 2:12; He 13:9; 1P 1:8; 2P 1:1.
[18] Gn 4:7; Ec 9:7; Mk 13:34; Jn 12:26; Ac 10:35; Ro 6:22; 12:1, 11; 14:4; 16:18; 1Co 7:22; 2Co 4:2; 5:11; 6:4; 8:21; Ga 6:15; Php 4:18; Col 3:24; 1Th 1:3; 1Ti 2:3; 5:4; Tit 2:11; Jm 2:18; 1P 2:5, 20; 3:16.
[19] Ps 34:14; 133:1; Mt 5:9; Mk 9:50; Ro 12:18; 15:2; 1Co 10:33; 14:12, 26; 2Co 13:11; Ep 4:3, 29; Php 2:1; Col 3:12; 1Th 5:11; 1Ti 1:4; He 12:14; Jm 3:13; 1P 3:11.
[20] Mt 15:11; 18:6; Ac 10:15; Ro 14:14, 15, 21; 1Co 6:12; 8:8, 9, 13; 10:31, 32; Ep 2:10; Php 1:6; 1Ti 4:3; Tit 1:15.
[21] Mal 2:8; Mt 16:23; 18:7; Lk 17:1; Ro 14:13, 17; 15:1; 1Co 8:13; Php 1:10; He 12:13; Rv 2:14.
[22] Ac 24:16; Ro 7:15, 24; 14:2, 5, 14, 23; 2Co 1:12; Ga 6:1; Jm 3:13; 1Jn 3:21.
[23] Ro 13:2; 1Co 8:7; 11:29; Tit 1:15; He 11:6.


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