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Romans 14:17-19 Good News Translation (GNT)

17 For God's Kingdom is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of the righteousness, peace, and joy which the Holy Spirit gives. 18 And when you serve Christ in this way, you please God and are approved by others.

19 So then, we must always aim[a] at those things that bring peace and that help strengthen one another.

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 14:19 we must always aim; some manuscripts have we always aim.
Good News Translation (GNT)

Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Romans 14:17-19 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

17 For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 The one who thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and has human approval. 19 Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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Romans 14:17-19 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)

17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but justice, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

18 For he that in this serveth Christ, pleaseth God, and is approved of men.

19 Therefore let us follow after the things that are of peace; and keep the things that are of edification one towards another.

Romans 14:17-21 The Message (MSG)

17-18 God’s kingdom isn’t a matter of what you put in your stomach, for goodness’ sake. It’s what God does with your life as he sets it right, puts it together, and completes it with joy. Your task is to single-mindedly serve Christ. Do that and you’ll kill two birds with one stone: pleasing the God above you and proving your worth to the people around you.

19-21 So let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. Help others with encouraging words; don’t drag them down by finding fault. You’re certainly not going to permit an argument over what is served or not served at supper to wreck God’s work among you, are you? I said it before and I’ll say it again: All food is good, but it can turn bad if you use it badly, if you use it to trip others up and send them sprawling. When you sit down to a meal, your primary concern should not be to feed your own face but to share the life of Jesus. So be sensitive and courteous to the others who are eating. Don’t eat or say or do things that might interfere with the free exchange of love.

The Message (MSG)

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