1 Receive him who is weak in the faith, without regard to differences of opinions.
2 One, indeed, believes he may eat everything; but he who is weak eats herbs only.
3 Let not him who eats, despise him who eats not; and let not him who eats not, condemn him who eats: for God has received him.
4 Who are you that condemn another man's servant? By his own master he stands or falls; and he shall be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.
5 One, indeed, thinks one day more holy than another: but another thinks every day alike. Let every one be convinced in his own mind.
6 He who observes the day, observe it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day to the Lord, does not observe it: he who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks.
7 For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself.
8 But whether we live, we live to the Lord; and whether we die, we die to the Lord: whether we live, therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.
9 For to this end, Christ both dies and rose, and lives again, that he might rule over both the dead and the living.
10 But you, why do you condemn your brother? and you, also, why do you despise your brother? for we shall all be placed before the judgment seat of Christ.
11 «For it is written,» 'As I live, says the Lord, surely every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.'
12 Well, then, every one of us shall give an account of himself to God.
13 Let us, therefore, no more judge one another; but let us decide, rather, not to lay an occasion of stumbling before a brother, or a cause of falling.
14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself; yet, to him who accounts anything to be unclean, to that man it is unclean.
15 Now, if your brother be hurt through your meat, you no longer walk as love requires. Do not destroy him with your meat for whom Christ died.
16 Let not your good, then, be an evil spoken of.
17 For the Reign of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness and peace, and joy, in the Holy Spirit.
18 And he who, by these things, serves Christ, is acceptable to God, and approved by men.
19 Well, then, let us strive after peace, and mutual edification.
20 Do not, for the sake of meat, destroy the work of God. All meats, indeed, are clean; but that meat is hurtful to the man who eats to occasion stumbling.
21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor to do anything by which your brother is made to stumble, or to fall, or is weakened.
22 You have faith: keep it to yourself, in the sight of God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.
23 For he who discerns a difference, between meats is condemned, if he eat; because he eats not from faith: for what is not from faith is sin.