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Romans 14

Principles of Conscience

1As for the [a]one whose faith is weak, accept him [into your fellowship], but not for [the purpose of] quarreling over his opinions. One man’s faith permits him to eat everything, while the weak believer eats only vegetables [to avoid eating ritually unclean meat or something previously considered unclean]. The one who eats [everything] is not to look down on the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat must not criticize or pass judgment on the one who eats [everything], for God has accepted him. Who are you to judge the servant of another? Before his own master he stands [approved] or falls [out of favor]. And he [who serves the Master—the Lord] will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

One person regards one day as better [or more important] than another, while another regards every day [the same as any other]. Let everyone be fully convinced (assured, satisfied) in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord. He who eats, eats for the Lord, since he gives thanks to God; while he who abstains, abstains for the Lord and gives thanks to God. None of us lives for himself [for his own benefit, but for the Lord], and none of us dies for himself [but for the Lord]. If we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord. So then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For Christ died and lived again for this reason, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

10 But you, why do you criticize your brother? Or you again, why do you look down on your [believing] brother or regard him with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God [who alone is judge]. 11 For it is written [in Scripture],

As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall give praise to God.”

12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.

13 Then let us not criticize one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block or a source of temptation in another believer’s way. 14 I know and am convinced [as one] in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean [ritually defiled, and unholy] in itself; but [nonetheless] it is unclean to anyone who thinks it is unclean. 15 If your brother is being hurt or offended because of food [that you insist on eating], you are no longer walking in love [toward him]. Do not let what you eat destroy and spiritually harm one for whom Christ died. 16 Therefore do not let what is a good thing for you [because of your freedom to choose] be spoken of as evil [by someone else]; 17 for the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking [what one likes], but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 For the one who serves Christ in this way [recognizing that food choice is secondary] is acceptable to God and is approved by men. 19 So then, let us pursue [with enthusiasm] the things which make for peace and the building up of one another [things which lead to spiritual growth]. 20 Do not, for the sake of food, tear down the work of God. All things indeed are [ceremonially] clean, but they are wrong for the person who eats and offends [another’s conscience in the process]. 21 It is good [to do the right thing and] not eat meat or drink wine, or do anything that offends your brother and weakens him spiritually. 22 The faith which you have [that gives you freedom of choice], have as your own conviction before God [just keep it between yourself and God, seeking His will]. Happy is he who has no reason to condemn himself for what he approves. 23 But he who is uncertain [about eating a particular thing] is condemned if he eats, because he is not acting from faith. Whatever is not from faith is sin [whatever is done with doubt is sinful].

Notas al pie

  1. Romans 14:1 Some Jewish believers may have struggled with abandoning all the old requirements of the Law regarding eating things considered unclean, while some Gentile believers may have been overly sensitive to anything associated with paganism, such as eating meat offered to idols.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

羅馬書 14

體恤弱者

1你們要接納信心軟弱的弟兄姊妹,不要因為看法不同便彼此批評。 有人相信什麼都可以吃,但信心軟弱的人只吃素菜。 吃的人不可輕看不吃的人,不吃的人也不可批評吃的人,因為兩者都蒙上帝接納。 你是誰,竟然批評別人的僕人?他做得是否合宜,自然有他的主人負責。他必能做得合宜,因為主能使他做得合宜。

有人認為這日比那日好,有人認為天天都一樣,各人應該照著自己的信念拿定主意。 守日子的人是為主而守,吃的人是為主而吃,因為他感謝上帝;不吃的人是為主不吃,他也同樣感謝上帝。 因為我們沒有人為自己活,也沒有人為自己死。 我們活是為主而活,死是為主而死。因此,我們無論生死都是屬主的人。 正是為這個緣故,基督死了,又復活了,好做死人和活人的主。

10 那麼,你為什麼論斷弟兄姊妹呢?為什麼輕視弟兄姊妹呢?將來我們都要一同站在上帝的審判臺前。 11 聖經上說:「主說,『我憑我的永恆起誓,萬膝必向我跪拜,萬口必稱頌上帝。』」 12 這樣看來,我們各人都要在上帝面前陳明自己一切的事。

不要使人犯罪

13 所以,我們不可再互相論斷,要留心自己的言行,不要絆倒弟兄姊妹。 14 我知道並靠著主耶穌深信,沒有什麼是不潔淨的。但若有人以為某物不潔淨,那物對他來說就不潔淨。 15 如果你吃的東西令弟兄姊妹不安,你就不是憑愛心行事。你不可因為一點食物而損害基督捨命救贖的人。 16 所以,不要讓你們認為好的事被別人詬病。 17 因為上帝的國不是關乎吃什麼喝什麼,而是關乎公義、平安和聖靈所賜的喜樂。 18 以這樣的態度事奉基督的人才會得到上帝的喜悅和大家的稱讚。

19 所以,我們要努力追求和睦,彼此造就。 20 不可因食物的問題而破壞上帝的工作。所有的食物固然都是潔淨的,但人若因所吃的食物絆倒別人,就有罪了。 21 無論是吃肉、喝酒還是做任何別的事,如果會絆倒別人,就應該一概不做。 22 你有信心認為可以做的,只要你和上帝知道就可以了。人如果在自己認為可以做的事上問心無愧,就有福了。 23 人如果心裡疑惑,卻仍然吃,就有罪了,因為他不是憑信心吃。凡不憑信心去做的,就是犯罪。