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Jehovah’s Witnesses

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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Romans 14:1-23

14  Welcome the [man] having weaknesses+ in [his] faith, but not to make decisions on inward+ questionings.  One [man] has faith to eat everything,+ but the [man] who is weak eats vegetables.  Let the one eating not look down on the one not eating,+ and let the one not eating not judge the one eating, for God has welcomed that one.  Who are you to judge the house servant of another?+ To his own master he stands or falls.+ Indeed, he will be made to stand, for Jehovah* can make him stand.+  One [man] judges one day as above another;+ another [man] judges one day as all others;+ let each [man] be fully convinced in his own mind.  He who observes the day observes it to Jehovah.* Also, he who eats, eats to Jehovah,*+ for he gives thanks to God;+ and he who does not eat does not eat to Jehovah,*+ and yet gives thanks to God.+  None of us, in fact, lives with regard to himself only,+ and no one dies with regard to himself only;  for both if we live, we live to Jehovah,*+ and if we die, we die to Jehovah.*+ Therefore both if we live and if we die, we belong to Jehovah.*+  For to this end Christ died and came to life again,+ that he might be Lord over both the dead+ and the living.+ 10  But why do you judge your brother?+ Or why do you also look down on your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment+ seat of God; 11  for it is written: “‘As I live,’ says Jehovah,*+ ‘to me every knee will bend down, and every tongue will make open acknowledgment to God.’”+ 12  So, then, each of us will render an account for himself to God.*+ 13  Therefore let us not be judging+ one another any longer, but rather make this YOUR decision,+ not to put before a brother+ a stumbling block+ or a cause for tripping. 14  I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is defiled in itself;+ only where a man considers something to be defiled, to him it is defiled.+ 15  For if because of food your brother is being grieved, you are no longer walking in accord with love.+ Do not by your food ruin that one for whom Christ died.+ 16  Do not, therefore, let the good YOU people do be spoken of with injury to YOU. 17  For the kingdom of God+ does not mean* eating and drinking,+ but [means]* righteousness+ and peace+ and joy+ with holy spirit. 18  For he who in this regard slaves for Christ is acceptable to God and has approval with men.+ 19  So, then, let us pursue the things making for peace+ and the things that are upbuilding to one another.+ 20  Stop tearing down the work of God just for the sake of food.+ True, all things are clean, but it is injurious to the man who with an occasion for stumbling eats.+ 21  It is well not to eat flesh or to drink wine or do anything over which your brother stumbles.+ 22  The faith that you have, have it in accord with yourself in the sight of God.+ Happy is the man that does not put himself on judgment by what he approves. 23  But if he has doubts, he is already condemned if he eats,+ because [he does] not [eat] out of faith. Indeed, everything that is not out of faith is sin.+

Footnotes

“Jehovah,” J18,23; P46אABC(Gr.), ho Ky′ri·os; DVgSyh, “God.” See App 1D.
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“To God,” אADVgSyh,p; B omits.
Or, “is not.”
Or, “[is].”