16 (A)This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.

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Avoid Divisive Persons

17 Now I urge you, brethren, note those (A)who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and (B)avoid them. 18 For those who are such do not serve our Lord [a]Jesus Christ, but (C)their own belly, and (D)by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. 19 For (E)your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be (F)wise in what is good, and [b]simple concerning evil.

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 16:18 NU, M omit Jesus
  2. Romans 16:19 innocent

The Law of Liberty

14 Receive(A) one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. For one believes he (B)may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and (C)let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him. (D)Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.

(E)One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.

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19 Or (A)do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, (B)and you are not your own? 20 For (C)you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body [a]and in your spirit, which are God’s.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 6:20 NU omits the rest of v. 20.

But (A)beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become (B)a [a]stumbling block to those who are weak. 10 For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will not (C)the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols? 11 And (D)because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? 12 But (E)when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, (F)if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 8:9 cause of offense

All to the Glory of God(A)

23 All things are lawful [a]for me, but not all things are (B)helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things [b]edify.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 10:23 NU omits for me
  2. 1 Corinthians 10:23 build up

And because you are sons, God has sent forth (A)the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, [a]“Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, (B)and if a son, then an heir [b]of God [c]through Christ.

Fears for the Church

But then, indeed, (C)when you did not know God, (D)you served those which by nature are not gods. But now (E)after you have known God, or rather are known by God, (F)how is it that you turn again to (G)the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? 10 (H)You observe days and months and seasons and years. 11 I am afraid for you, (I)lest I have labored for you in vain.

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  1. Galatians 4:6 Lit., in Aram., Father
  2. Galatians 4:7 NU through God
  3. Galatians 4:7 NU omits through Christ

23 (A)And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,

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