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.
1Sɛ obi gyidie sua wɔ mo mu a, monnye no; mo ne no nnnye deɛ nʼadwene kyerɛ no no ho akyinnyeɛ. 2Obi gyidie ma ɔtumi di biribiara, nanso obi a ne gyidie sua no di afuomduane nko ara. 3Ɛnsɛ sɛ deɛ ɔdi biribiara no bu deɛ ɔnni biribiara no animtia; saa ara nso na ɛnsɛ sɛ obi a ɔdi afuomduane nko ara no bu deɛ ɔdi biribiara no atɛn; ɛfiri sɛ, Onyankopɔn agye no. 4Wo ne hwan a wobu obi ɔsomfoɔ atɛn? Ɛyɛ ɔno ankasa ne wura na ɔbɛka sɛ wadi nkonim anaasɛ wadi nkoguo. Na ɔbɛdi nkonim, ɛfiri sɛ, Awurade bɛtumi ama wadi nkonim.
5Obi dwene sɛ da bi wɔ hɔ a ɛho hia sene nna a aka no. Saa ara nso na onipa foforɔ nso dwene sɛ nna nyinaa yɛ pɛ. Ɛsɛ sɛ wɔn mu biara si nʼadwene pi. 6Obiara a ɔbɛbu da bi kɛseɛ no yɛ saa de hyɛ Awurade animuonyam; obiara a ɔwe nam no we wɔ Awurade din mu, ɛfiri sɛ ɔda Onyankopɔn ase; saa ara na wɔn a wɔnwe nso yɛ saa 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 yɛwu a, yɛwu ma Awurade. Enti, sɛ yɛte ase o, yɛwu o, yɛyɛ Awurade deɛ. 9Na yei enti na Kristo wuiɛ, na ɔsɔreeɛ, na ɔnyaa nkwa sɛ ɔbɛyɛ awufoɔ ne ateasefoɔwura.
10Na wo, afei, adɛn enti na wobu wo nua atɛn? Na wo, adɛn enti na wobu wo nua animtia? Yɛn nyinaa bɛgyina Onyankopɔn anim ama wabu yɛn atɛn. 11Ɛfiri sɛ, Atwerɛsɛm no ka sɛ,
“ ‘Awurade ka sɛ, mete ase yi,
obiara bɛbu nkotodwe wɔ mʼanim;
na obiara bɛpae mu aka sɛ, mene Onyankopɔn.’ ”
12Yɛn mu biara bɛbu ne ho akonta akyerɛ Onyankopɔn.
13Ɛno enti, momma yɛnnyae yɛn ho yɛn ho atemmuo. Mmom, deɛ ɛsɛ sɛ modwene ne sɛ, monnyɛ biribiara a ɛbɛma mo nua akɔ bɔne mu. 14Ahotɔsoɔ a mewɔ wɔ mʼAwurade Yesu mu no ma mehunu sɛ biribiara nni hɔ a ɛho nte. Na sɛ obi gye di sɛ biribiara ho nte a, na saa onipa no na ɛho nte mma no. 15Sɛ biribiara a wodi ha wo nua a, ɛnneɛ na wonte hɔ ɔdɔ mu. Mma aduane a wodi no nsɛe onipa a ne enti Kristo wuiɛ no. 16Mma adeɛ a wobu sɛ ɛyɛ no nnye din bɔne. 17Ɛfiri sɛ, Onyankopɔn Ahennie no nyɛ adidie ne ɔnom na mmom, ɛyɛ tenenee, asomdwoeɛ ne ahosɛpɛ a ɛwɔ Honhom Kronkron mu. 18Obiara a ɔsom Kristo saa ɛkwan yi so no, Onyankopɔn agye no ato mu, na nnipa bu no.
19Ɛno enti, ɛsɛ sɛ yɛtumi tena asomdwoeɛ mu, na yɛboaboa yɛn ho yɛn ho ma obiara nya gyidie a emu yɛ den. 20Nnyina aduane so nsɛe deɛ Onyankopɔn ayɛ. Aduane biara yɛ aduane, nanso sɛ wodi aduane a ɛde ɔfoforɔ bɛkɔ bɔne mu a, ɛyɛ bɔne. 21Ade tenenee a ɛsɛ sɛ woyɛ ne sɛ, wonwe ɛnam, nnom nsã anaasɛ wonyɛ biribi a ɛbɛto wo nua suntidua.
22Deɛ wogye di wɔ saa asɛm yi ho no, ma ɛnka wo ne Onyankopɔn ntam. Nhyira ne deɛ ɔyɛ nʼapɛdeɛ a ɔnte nka sɛ wɔabu no atɛn. 23Na sɛ ne tirim ntene no deɛ ɔdi ho a, sɛ ɔdi a, Onyankopɔn bu no atɛn, ɛfiri sɛ, deɛ ɔyɛ no mfiri gyidie mu. Biribiara a ɛmfiri gyidie mu no nso yɛ bɔne.