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Exhortation for the Strong not to Destroy the Weak

13 Therefore we must not pass judgment on one another, but rather determine never to place an obstacle or a trap before a brother or sister.[a] 14 I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean in itself; still, it is unclean to the one who considers it unclean. 15 For if your brother or sister[b] is distressed because of what you eat,[c] you are no longer walking in love.[d] Do not destroy by your food someone for whom Christ died. 16 Therefore do not let what you consider good[e] be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God does not consist of food and drink, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 For the one who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by people.[f]

19 So then, let us pursue what makes for peace and for building up one another.

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  1. Romans 14:13 tn Grk “brother.”
  2. Romans 14:15 tn Grk “brother.”
  3. Romans 14:15 tn Grk “on account of food.”
  4. Romans 14:15 tn Grk “according to love.”
  5. Romans 14:16 tn Grk “do not let your good.”
  6. Romans 14:18 tn Grk “by men,” but ἄνθρωπος (anthrōpos) is generic here (“people”) since the contrast in context is between God and humanity.