THE NEW TESTAMENT2
THE EPISTLE OF THE APOSTLE ST PAUL TO THE ROMANS - CHAPTER FOURTEEN3
A Him that is weak in the faith, receive unto you, not in disputing and troubling his conscience. One believeth that he may eat all things. Another which is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth, despise him that eateth not. And let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth. For God hath received him. What art thou that judgest another man’s servant? Whether he stand or fall, that pertaineth unto his master: yea, he shall stand. For God is able to make him stand.
B This man putteth difference between day and day. Another man counteth all days alike. See that no man waver in his own meaning. He that observeth one day more than another, doth it for the Lord’s pleasure. And he that observeth not one day more than another, doth it to please the Lord also. He that eateth, doth it to please the Lord, for he giveth God thanks. And he that eateth not, eateth not to please the Lord withal, and giveth God thanks. For none of us liveth his own servant: neither doth any of us die his own servant. If we live, we live to be at the Lord’s will. And if we die, we die at the Lord’s will. Whether we live therefore or die, we are the Lord’s. For Christ therefore died and rose again, and revived, that he might be Lord both of dead and quick.
C But why dost thou then judge thy brother? Or why dost thou despise thy brother? We shall all be brought before the judgement seat of Christ. For it is written: as truly as I live saith the Lord, all knees shall bow to me, and all tongues shall give a knowledge to God. So shall every one of us give accounts of himself to God. Let us not therefore judge one another any more.
But judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling-block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.+ For I know and am full certified in the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing common of itself: but unto him that judgeth it to be common: to him it is common. If thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. Cause not your treasure to be evil spoken of. For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink: but righteousness, peace and joy in the holy ghost. For whosoever in these things serveth Christ, pleaseth well God, and is commended of men.
D Let us follow those things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. Destroy not the work of God for a little meat’s sake. All things are pure: but it is evil for that man, which eateth with hurt of his conscience. It is good neither to eat flesh, neither to drink wine, neither any thing, whereby thy brother stumbleth, either falleth, or is made weak. Hast thou faith? have it with thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. For he that maketh conscience, is damned if he eat: because he doth it not of faith. For whatsoever is not of faith, that same is sin. |–
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GLOSSARY: knowledge: originally as a verb in the sense ‘acknowledge, recognize’, based on cnawan, (earlier gecnawan) ‘recognize, identify’ meat: grain or food in general withal: in addition; as a further factor or consideration; all the same; nevertheless; with; as with all quick: living; alive
1 Recommended video: “God’s Outlaw: The Story of William Tyndale” - www.VisionVideo.com/dvd/4737D
2 William Tyndale’s translation of 1534 - “With modernised spelling, and no other changes at all. . . In the clangour of the marketplace of modern popular translations, Tyndale’s ravishing solo should be heard across the world,” Dr. David Daniell in his Introduction to Tyndale’s New Testament, Yale University Press, ISBN 978-0-300-06580-0
3 See also “A Prologue to the Epistle of Paul to the Romans,” at www.TyndaleToday.com
“But why dost thou then judge thy brother? Or why dost thou despise thy brother? We shall all be brought before the judgement seat of Christ. For it is written: as truly as I live saith the Lord, all knees shall bow to me, and all tongues shall give a knowledge to God. So shall every one of us give accounts of himself to God. Let us not therefore judge one another any more. . .” (Romans 14:10-13)