Proverbs 14-15 New Living Translation (NLT)
14 A wise woman builds her home,
2 Those who follow the right path fear the Lord;
3 A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that beats him,
4 Without oxen a stable stays clean,
5 An honest witness does not lie;
6 A mocker seeks wisdom and never finds it,
7 Stay away from fools,
8 The prudent understand where they are going,
9 Fools make fun of guilt,
10 Each heart knows its own bitterness,
11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
12 There is a path before each person that seems right,
13 Laughter can conceal a heavy heart,
14 Backsliders get what they deserve;
15 Only simpletons believe everything they’re told!
16 The wise are cautious[a] and avoid danger;
17 Short-tempered people do foolish things,
18 Simpletons are clothed with foolishness,[b]
19 Evil people will bow before good people;
20 The poor are despised even by their neighbors,
21 It is a sin to belittle one’s neighbor;
22 If you plan to do evil, you will be lost;
23 Work brings profit,
24 Wealth is a crown for the wise;
25 A truthful witness saves lives,
26 Those who fear the Lord are secure;
27 Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain;
28 A growing population is a king’s glory;
29 People with understanding control their anger;
30 A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body;
31 Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker,
32 The wicked are crushed by disaster,
33 Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart;
34 Godliness makes a nation great,
35 A king rejoices in wise servants
15 A gentle answer deflects anger,
2 The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing,
3 The Lord is watching everywhere,
4 Gentle words are a tree of life;
5 Only a fool despises a parent’s[d] discipline;
6 There is treasure in the house of the godly,
7 The lips of the wise give good advice;
8 The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked,
9 The Lord detests the way of the wicked,
10 Whoever abandons the right path will be severely disciplined;
11 Even Death and Destruction[e] hold no secrets from the Lord.
12 Mockers hate to be corrected,
13 A glad heart makes a happy face;
14 A wise person is hungry for knowledge,
15 For the despondent, every day brings trouble;
16 Better to have little, with fear for the Lord,
17 A bowl of vegetables with someone you love
18 A hot-tempered person starts fights;
19 A lazy person’s way is blocked with briers,
20 Sensible children bring joy to their father;
21 Foolishness brings joy to those with no sense;
22 Plans go wrong for lack of advice;
23 Everyone enjoys a fitting reply;
24 The path of life leads upward for the wise;
25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud,
26 The Lord detests evil plans,
27 Greed brings grief to the whole family,
28 The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking;
29 The Lord is far from the wicked,
30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart;
31 If you listen to constructive criticism,
32 If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself;
33 Fear of the Lord teaches wisdom;
Romans 14 New Living Translation (NLT)
The Danger of Criticism
14 Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong. 2 For instance, one person believes it’s all right to eat anything. But another believer with a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables. 3 Those who feel free to eat anything must not look down on those who don’t. And those who don’t eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them. 4 Who are you to condemn someone else’s servants? Their own master will judge whether they stand or fall. And with the Lord’s help, they will stand and receive his approval.
5 In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable. 6 Those who worship the Lord on a special day do it to honor him. Those who eat any kind of food do so to honor the Lord, since they give thanks to God before eating. And those who refuse to eat certain foods also want to please the Lord and give thanks to God. 7 For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves. 8 If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9 Christ died and rose again for this very purpose—to be Lord both of the living and of the dead.
10 So why do you condemn another believer[a]? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11 For the Scriptures say,
“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
12 Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. 13 So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.
14 I know and am convinced on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is wrong to eat. But if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong. 15 And if another believer is distressed by what you eat, you are not acting in love if you eat it. Don’t let your eating ruin someone for whom Christ died. 16 Then you will not be criticized for doing something you believe is good. 17 For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too. 19 So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.
20 Don’t tear apart the work of God over what you eat. Remember, all foods are acceptable, but it is wrong to eat something if it makes another person stumble. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else if it might cause another believer to stumble.[c] 22 You may believe there’s nothing wrong with what you are doing, but keep it between yourself and God. Blessed are those who don’t feel guilty for doing something they have decided is right. 23 But if you have doubts about whether or not you should eat something, you are sinning if you go ahead and do it. For you are not following your convictions. If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning.[d]
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