The strong must bear with the weak. Cautions against judging;
and giving scandal.
1 Now him, that is weak in faith, take unto you; not in disputes about
2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: but he that is weak, let
him eat herbs.
3 Let not him that eateth, despise him that eateth not; and he that eateth
not, let him not judge him that eateth: For God hath taken him to him.
4 *Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? To his own master he
standeth, or falleth: and he shall stand: for God is able to make him stand.
5 For one judgeth between day and day: and another judgeth every day: let
every man abound in his own sense.
6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord: and he that eateth,
eateth to the Lord: for he giveth thanks to God. And he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth thanks to God.
7 For none of us liveth to himself: and no man dieth to himself.
8 For whether we live, we live to the Lord: or whether we die, we die to
the Lord. Therefore, whether we live, or whether we die, we are the Lord's.
9 For to this end Christ died, and rose again: that he might be Lord both
of the dead and of the living.
10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou despise 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 Therefore every one of us shall render account for himself to God.
13 Let us not, therefore, judge one another any more: but judge this rather,
that you put not a stumbling-block, or a scandal in your brother's way.
14 I know, and am confident, in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean
of itself; but to him that thinketh any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
15 For if, because of thy meat, thy brother be grieved: thou walkest not
now according to charity. *Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.
16 Let not then our good be evil spoken of.
17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink: but justice, and peace,
and joy in the Holy Ghost.
18 For he, that in this serveth Christ, pleaseth God, and is approved of
19 Therefore let us follow after the things that are of peace: and keep
the things that are of edification one towards another.
20 Destroy not the work of God for meat. *All things indeed are clean:
but it is evil for that man who eateth through offence.
21 *It is good not to eat flesh, and not to drink wine, nor any thing whereby
thy brother is offended, or scandalized, or made weak.
22 Hast thou faith? Have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth
not himself in that which he alloweth.
23 But he, that discerneth, if he eat, is condemned: because not of faith.
For all that is not of faith, is sin.
4: James iv. 13.
10: 2 Corinthians v. 10.
11: Isaias xiv. 24.; Philippians ii. 10.
15: 1 Corinthians viii. 11.
20: Titus i. 15.
21: 1 Corinthians viii. 13.