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11 And do this because you know the time; it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep. For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed;(A) 12 the night is advanced, the day is at hand. Let us then throw off the works of darkness [and] put on the armor of light;(B) 13 let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day,[a] not in orgies and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and licentiousness, not in rivalry and jealousy.(C) 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.(D)

Chapter 14

To Live and Die for Christ. [b]Welcome anyone who is weak in faith,(E) but not for disputes over opinions.(F) One person believes that one may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables.(G) The one who eats must not despise the one who abstains, and the one who abstains must not pass judgment on the one who eats; for God has welcomed him.(H) Who are you to pass judgment on someone else’s servant? Before his own master he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.(I)

Footnotes

  1. 13:13 Let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day: the behavior described in Rom 1:29–30 is now to be reversed. Secular moralists were fond of making references to people who could not wait for nightfall to do their carousing. Paul says that Christians claim to be people of the new day that will dawn with the return of Christ. Instead of planning for nighttime behavior they should be concentrating on conduct that is consonant with avowed interest in the Lord’s return.
  2. 14:1–15:6 Since Christ spells termination of the law, which included observance of specific days and festivals as well as dietary instruction, the jettisoning of long-practiced customs was traumatic for many Christians brought up under the Mosaic code. Although Paul acknowledges that in principle no food is a source of moral contamination (Rom 14:14), he recommends that the consciences of Christians who are scrupulous in this regard be respected by other Christians (Rom 14:21). On the other hand, those who have scruples are not to sit in judgment on those who know that the gospel has liberated them from such ordinances (Rom 14:10). See 1 Cor 8; 10.