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.
Marasa ƙarfi da masu ƙarfi
1Ku karɓi wanda bangaskiyarsa ba tă yi ƙarfi ba, amma fa kada ku hukunta shi a kan abubuwan da ake da shakka a kai ba. 2Bangaskiyar mutum ta yarda masa yă ci kome, amma wanda bangaskiyarsa ba tă yi ƙarfi ba, yakan ci kayan lambu ne kawai. 3Mutumin da yake cin kowane irin abinci, kada yă rena wanda ba ya cin, wanda kuma ba ya cin kowane irin abinci, kada yă ga laifin mutumin da yake ci, domin Allah ya riga ya karɓe shi. 4Kai wane ne har da za ka ga laifin bawan wani? Ko bawan yă yi aiki mai kyau, ko yă kāsa, ai, wannan ruwan maigidansa ne. Za a ma tsai da shi, domin Ubangiji yana da ikon tsai da shi.
5Wani yakan ɗauki wata rana da daraja fiye da sauran ranaku; wani kuma yana ganin dukan ranakun ɗaya ne. Ya kamata kowa yă kasance da tabbaci a cikin zuciyarsa. 6Wannan mai ɗaukan rana ɗaya da muhimmanci fiye da sauran, yana yin haka ne ga Ubangiji. Wannan mai cin nama, yana yin haka ne ga Ubangiji, gama yakan yi godiya ga Allah; wannan da ba ya ci kuwa, yana yin haka ne ga Ubangiji yana kuwa yin godiya ga Allah. 7Gama ba waninmu da yake rayuwa wa kansa kaɗai, kuma ba waninmu da kan mutu don kansa kaɗai. 8In muna rayuwa, muna rayuwa ne ga Ubangiji; in kuma muna mutuwa, muna mutuwa ne ga Ubangiji. Saboda haka, ko muna a raye ko muna a mace, mu na Ubangiji ne. 9Saboda wannan ne Kiristi ya mutu, ya kuma sāke rayuwa domin yă zama Ubangiji na matattu da na masu rai.
10Kai kuwa, don me kake ganin laifin ɗan’uwanka? Ko kuma don me kake rena ɗan’uwanka? Gama duk za mu tsaya a gaban kujerar shari’ar Allah. 11A rubuce yake cewa,
“ ‘Muddin ina raye,’ in ji Ubangiji,
‘kowace gwiwa za tă durƙusa a gabana;
kowane harshe kuma zai furta wa Allah.’ ”14.11 Ish 45.23
12Don haka kowannenmu zai ba da lissafin kansa ga Allah.
13Saboda haka bari mu daina ba wa juna laifi. A maimakon, sai kowa yă yi niyya ba zai sa dutsen tuntuɓe ko abin sa fāɗuwa a hanyar ɗan’uwansa ba. 14A matsayina na mai bin Ubangiji Yesu na tabbata ƙwarai cewa babu abincin da yake marar tsabta don kansa. Amma in wani ya ɗauka wani abu marar tsabta ne, to, a gare shi marar tsabta ne. 15In kana ɓata wa ɗan’uwanka zuciya saboda abincin da kake ci, ba halin ƙauna kake nunawa ba ke nan. Kada abincin da kake ci yă zama hanyar lalatar da ɗan’uwanka wanda Kiristi ya mutu dominsa. 16Kada ka bar abin da ka ɗauka a matsayi kyakkyawa yă zama abin zargi ga waɗansu. 17Gama mulkin Allah ba batun ci da sha ba ne, sai dai na adalci, salama, da kuma farin ciki cikin Ruhu Mai Tsarki, 18duk kuwa wanda yake bauta wa Kiristi a haka yana faranta wa Allah rai ne, yardajje kuma ga mutane.
19Saboda haka sai mu yi iya ƙoƙari mu aikata abin da zai kawo salama da kuma ingantawa ga juna. 20Kada ku lalatar da aikin Allah saboda abinci. Dukan abinci mai tsabta ne, sai dai ba daidai ba ne mutum yă ci abin da zai sa wani yă yi tuntuɓe. 21Ya fi kyau kada ka ci nama ko ka sha ruwan inabi ko kuma ka yi wani abin da zai sa ɗan’uwanka yă fāɗi.
22Bari duk ra’ayin da kake da shi game da wannan sha’ani yă kasance tsakaninka da Allah. Mai albarka ne wanda zuciyarsa ba tă ba shi laifi game da abin da shi da kansa ya ɗauka cewa daidai ne ba. 23Amma wanda yake da shakka yakan jawo wa kansa hukunci ne in ya ci, domin yana ci ne ba bisa ga bangaskiya ba; kuma duk abin da bai zo daga bangaskiya ba zunubi ne.