Romans 14:17
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New International Version
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,

New Living Translation
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.

English Standard Version
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

New American Standard Bible
for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

King James Bible
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

International Standard Version
For God's kingdom does not consist of food and drink, but of righteousness, peace, and joy produced by the Holy Spirit.

NET Bible
For the kingdom of God does not consist of food and drink, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For The Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but the righteousness and the peace and the joy in The Spirit of Holiness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God's kingdom does not consist of what a person eats or drinks. Rather, God's kingdom consists of God's approval and peace, as well as the joy that the Holy Spirit gives.

Jubilee Bible 2000
for the kingdom of God is not food and drink, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

King James 2000 Bible
For the kingdom of God is not food and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

American King James Version
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

American Standard Version
for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

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

Darby Bible Translation
for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in [the] Holy Spirit.

English Revised Version
for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the kingdom of God is not food and drink, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Weymouth New Testament
For the Kingdom of God does not consist of eating and drinking, but of right conduct, peace and joy, through the Holy Spirit;

World English Bible
for the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Young's Literal Translation
for the reign of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:14-18 Christ deals gently with those who have true grace, though they are weak in it. Consider the design of Christ's death: also that drawing a soul to sin, threatens the destruction of that soul. Did Christ deny himself for our brethren, so as to die for them, and shall not we deny ourselves for them, so as to keep from any indulgence? We cannot hinder ungoverned tongues from speaking evil; but we must not give them any occasion. We must deny ourselves in many cases what we may lawfully do, when our doing it may hurt our good name. Our good often comes to be evil spoken of, because we use lawful things in an uncharitable and selfish manner. As we value the reputation of the good we profess and practise, let us seek that it may not be evil-spoken of. Righteousness, peace, and joy, are words that mean a great deal. As to God, our great concern is to appear before him justified by Christ's death, sanctified by the Spirit of his grace; for the righteous Lord loveth righteousness. As to our brethren, it is to live in peace, and love, and charity with them; following peace with all men. As to ourselves, it is joy in the Holy Ghost; that spiritual joy wrought by the blessed Spirit in the hearts of believers, which respects God as their reconciled Father, and heaven as their expected home. Regard to Christ in doing our duties, alone can make them acceptable. Those are most pleasing to God that are best pleased with him; and they abound most in peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. They are approved by wise and good men; and the opinion of others is not to be regarded.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 17, 18. - For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. The concluding clause here has reference to "let not your good," etc., preceding. It is the practical fruits of faith that commend it to men, as well as being the test of its genuineness before God.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink,.... Neither the kingdom of glory, nor the ultimate glory and happiness of the saints in the other world, is attained to by any such things; for neither eating and drinking, nor not eating and drinking, can recommend to the divine favour, or give a meetness for heaven, or a right unto it; see 1 Corinthians 8:8, nor does the kingdom of grace, the principle of grace, lie in such things, nor in anything that is external; nor does the Gospel, or Gospel church state, which frequently go under this name of the kingdom of God, consist of such things as the ceremonial and the legal dispensation did, but the Gospel and the dispensation of grace are opposed unto them; see Hebrews 9:10.

But righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. The kingdom of glory, which is the kingdom of God, because of his preparing, giving, calling to, and putting into the possession of, is attained unto by righteousness; not the righteousness of men, but the righteousness of Christ imputed by God, and received by faith; and through peace made by the blood of Christ, and rejoicing in him, without having any confidence in the flesh, which is a branch of the Spirit's grace in regeneration. The kingdom of grace, or the governing principle of grace in the soul, and which is of God's implanting there, lies in righteousness and true holiness, in which the new man is created; in truth and uprightness in the inward parts, where the laws of God are put and written; and in peace of conscience, arising from the blood and righteousness of Christ; and in that spiritual joy and comfort the Holy Ghost produces, by leading to a sight of Christ, and an interest in him and his atonement. The Gospel, which gives an account both of the kingdom of grace and of glory, reveals the righteousness of Christ, and teaches men to live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present evil world: it is a publication of peace by the blood of Christ; it calls men to peace, to cultivate peace one among another, and to seek those things which make for it; and when it comes in power, is attended with joy in the Holy Ghost, and is the means of increasing it; and this is another reason, persuading to Christian forbearance, in the use of things indifferent.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. For the kingdom of God—or, as we should say, Religion; that is, the proper business and blessedness for which Christians are formed into a community of renewed men in thorough subjection to God (compare 1Co 4:20).

is not meat and drink—"eating and drinking"

but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost—a beautiful and comprehensive division of living Christianity. The first—"righteousness"—has respect to God, denoting here "rectitude," in its widest sense (as in Mt 6:33); the second—"peace"—has respect to our neighbors, denoting "concord" among brethren (as is plain from Ro 14:19; compare Eph 4:3; Col 3:14, 15); the third—"joy in the Holy Ghost"—has respect to ourselves. This phrase, "joy in the Holy Ghost," represents Christians as so thinking and feeling under the workings of the Holy Ghost, that their joy may be viewed rather as that of the blessed Agent who inspires it than their own (compare 1Th 1:6).

Romans 14:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Do Not Cause Your Brother to Stumble
16Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil; 17for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.…
Cross References
Isaiah 32:17
The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.

Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 8:8
But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.

Galatians 5:22
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Colossians 2:16
Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.
Treasury of Scripture

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

kingdom.

Daniel 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, …

Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent you: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 6:33 But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and …

Luke 14:15 And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, …

Luke 17:20,21 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God …

John 3:3,5 Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except …

1 Corinthians 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

1 Corinthians 6:9 Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of …

1 Thessalonians 2:12 That you would walk worthy of God, who has called you to his kingdom and glory.

is.

1 Corinthians 8:8 But meat commends us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the …

Colossians 2:16,17 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect …

Hebrews 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is …

but.

Isaiah 45:24 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: …

Jeremiah 23:5,6 Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will raise to David …

Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined on your people and on your holy city, …

Matthew 6:33 But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and …

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made to us wisdom, …

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might …

Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of …

2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ…

peace.

Romans 5:1-5 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through …

Romans 8:6,15,16 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded …

Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, …

Isaiah 55:12 For you shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains …

Isaiah 61:3 To appoint to them that mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty for …

John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. …

Acts 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and …

Acts 13:52 And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, …

Philippians 2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of …

Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and …

Philippians 4:4,7 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice…

Colossians 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, to …

1 Thessalonians 1:6 And you became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received …

1 Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see him not, …

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