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Romans 14:1-23

The Weak and the Strong

1Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. 2One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. 4Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.

5One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. 6Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 8If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

10You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister14:10 The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family; also in verses 13, 15 and 21.? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11It is written:

“ ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,

‘every knee will bow before me;

every tongue will acknowledge God.’ ”14:11 Isaiah 45:23

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

13Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. 14I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. 15If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. 16Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. 17For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.

19Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 21It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.

22So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.14:23 Some manuscripts place 16:25-27 here; others after 15:33.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

Romafo 14:1-23

Mummmu Atɛn

1Sɛ obi gyidi sua wɔ mo mu a munnye no; mo ne no nnnye nea nʼadwene kyerɛ no no ho akyinnye. 2Obi gyidi ma otumi di biribiara, nanso obi a ne gyidi sua no di afumduan nko ara. 3Ɛnsɛ sɛ nea odi biribiara no bu nea onni biribiara no animtiaa; saa ara nso na ɛnsɛ sɛ obi a odi afumduan nko ara no bu nea odi biribiara no atɛn; efisɛ Onyankopɔn agye no. 4Wo ne hena a wubu obi somfo atɛn? Ɛyɛ ɔno ankasa ne wura na ɔbɛka se wadi nkonim anaasɛ wadi nkogu. Na obedi nkonim, efisɛ Awurade betumi ama wadi nkonim.

5Obi dwene sɛ da bi wɔ hɔ a ɛho hia sen nna a aka no. Saa ara nso na onipa afoforo nso dwene sɛ nna nyinaa yɛ pɛ. Ɛsɛ sɛ wɔn mu biara si nʼadwene pi. 6Obiara a obebu da bi kɛse no yɛ saa de hyɛ Awurade anuonyam; obiara a ɔwe nam no we wɔ Awurade din mu, efisɛ ɔda Onyankopɔn ase; saa ara na wɔn a wɔnwe nso yɛ wɔ Awurade din mu de da Onyankopɔn ase. 7Yɛn mu biara nte ase mma ne nko ara ho na obiara nwu mma ne nko ara ho; 8sɛ yɛte ase a, yɛte ase ma Awurade; na sɛ yewu a, yewu ma Awurade. Enti, sɛ yɛte ase o, yewu o, yɛyɛ Awurade de. 9Na eyi nti na Kristo wui, na ɔsɔree, na onyaa nkwa, sɛ ɔbɛyɛ awufo ne ateasefo wura.

10Na wo, afei, adɛn nti na wubu wo nua atɛn? Na wo, adɛn nti na wubu wo nua animtiaa? Yɛn nyinaa begyina Onyankopɔn anim ama wabu yɛn atɛn. 11Efisɛ Kyerɛwsɛm no ka se,

“Awurade ka se, mete ase yi,

obiara bebu nkotodwe wɔ mʼanim;

na obiara bɛpae mu aka se, mene Onyankopɔn.”

12Yɛn mu biara bebu ne ho akontaa akyerɛ Onyankopɔn.

13Ɛno nti momma yennyae yɛn ho yɛn ho atemmu. Mmom, nea ɛsɛ sɛ modwene ne sɛ monnyɛ biribiara a ɛbɛma mo nua akɔ bɔne mu. 14Ahotoso a mewɔ wɔ mʼAwurade Yesu mu no ma mihu sɛ biribiara nni hɔ a ɛho ntew. Na sɛ obi gye di sɛ biribiara ho ntew a na saa onipa no na ɛho ntew mma no. 15Sɛ biribiara a wudi haw wo nua a, ɛno de na wonte hɔ ɔdɔ mu. Mma aduan a wudi no nsɛe onipa a ne nti Kristo wui no. 16Mma ade a wubu sɛ eye no nnye din bɔne. 17Efisɛ Onyankopɔn Ahenni no nyɛ adidi ne ɔnom na mmom ɛyɛ trenee, asomdwoe ne ahosɛpɛw a ɛwɔ Honhom Kronkron mu. 18Obiara a ɔsom Kristo wɔ saa ɔkwan yi so no, Onyankopɔn agye no ato mu, na nnipa bu no.

19Ɛno nti ɛsɛ sɛ yetumi tena asomdwoe mu, na yɛboaboa yɛn ho yɛn ho ma obiara nya gyidi a emu yɛ den. 20Nnyina aduan so nsɛe nea Onyankopɔn ayɛ. Aduan biara yɛ aduan, nanso sɛ wudi aduan a ɛde ɔfoforo bɛkɔ bɔne mu a ɛyɛ bɔne. 21Ade trenee a ɛsɛ sɛ woyɛ ne sɛ wonwe nam, nnom nsa anaasɛ wonyɛ biribi a ɛbɛto wo nua hintidua.

22Nea wugye di wɔ saa asɛm yi ho no, ma ɛnka wo ne Onyankopɔn ntam. Nhyira ne nea ɔyɛ nʼapɛde a ɔnte nka sɛ wɔabu no atɛn. 23Na sɛ ne tirim nteɛ no wɔ nea odi ho na sɛ odi a, Onyankopɔn bu no atɛn, efisɛ nea ɔyɛ no mfi gyidi mu. Biribiara a emfi gyidi mu no nso yɛ bɔne.