Romans 14:19
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New International Version
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

New Living Translation
So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.

English Standard Version
So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.

New American Standard Bible
So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.

King James Bible
Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So then, we must pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another.

International Standard Version
Therefore, let's keep on pursuing those things that bring peace and that lead to building up one another.

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And now, let us run after peace and after building one another up.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So let's pursue those things which bring peace and which are good for each other.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let us, therefore, follow after the things which make for peace and the edification of each one to the others.

King James 2000 Bible
Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things with which one may edify another.

American King James Version
Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things with which one may edify another.

American Standard Version
So then let us follow after things which make for peace, and things whereby we may edify one another.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore let us follow after the things that are of peace; and keep the things that are of edification one towards another.

Darby Bible Translation
So then let us pursue the things which tend to peace, and things whereby one shall build up another.

English Revised Version
So then let us follow after things which make for peace, and things whereby we may edify one another.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things with which one may edify another.

Weymouth New Testament
Therefore let us aim at whatever makes for peace and mutual upbuilding of character.

World English Bible
So then, let us follow after things which make for peace, and things by which we may build one another up.

Young's Literal Translation
So, then, the things of peace may we pursue, and the things of building up one another;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:19-23 Many wish for peace, and talk loudly for it, who do not follow the things that make for peace. Meekness, humility, self-denial, and love, make for peace. We cannot edify one another, while quarrelling and contending. Many, for meat and drink, destroy the work of God in themselves; nothing more destroys the soul than pampering and pleasing the flesh, and fulfilling the lusts of it; so others are hurt, by wilful offence given. Lawful things may be done unlawfully, by giving offence to brethren. This takes in all indifferent things, whereby a brother is drawn into sin or trouble; or has his graces, his comforts, or his resolutions weakened. Hast thou faith? It is meant of knowledge and clearness as to our Christian liberty. Enjoy the comfort of it, but do not trouble others by a wrong use of it. Nor may we act against a doubting conscience. How excellent are the blessings of Christ's kingdom, which consists not in outward rites and ceremonies, but in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost! How preferable is the service of God to all other services! and in serving him we are not called to live and die to ourselves, but unto Christ, whose we are, and whom we ought to serve.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 19-21. - Let us therefore follow after the things that make for (literally, the things of) peace, and the things wherewith one may edify another (literally, the things of the edification of one another). For meat's sake destroy not the work of God. "Destroy," or rather, overthrow - the word is κατάλυε, not ἀππόλλυε as in ver. 15 - is connected in thought with the edification, or building up (οἰκοδομήν) before spoken cf. "The work of God" is that of his grace in the weak Christian's soul, growing, it may be, to full assurance of faith (cf. 1 Corinthians 3:9," ye are God's building"). Upset not the rising structure, which is God's own, as ye may do by putting a stumbling-block in the weak brother's way. All things indeed are pure (i.e. in themselves all God's gifts given for man's service are so); but it is evil to that man who eateth with offence (i.e. if the eating be to himself a stumbling-block. The idea is the same as in ver. 14). It is good (καλὸν, not of indispensable obligation, but a right and noble thing to do) neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor anything whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. The concluding words in italics are of doubtful authority: they are not required for the sense. For St. Paul's expression of his own readiness to deny himself lawful things, if he might so avoid offence to weak brethren, cf. 1 Corinthians 8:13.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Let us therefore follow after the things, Since the kingdom of God is in part peace, and the man that serves Christ in this, as in other things, is accepted with God, and grateful to men, the apostle very pertinently exhorts to seek after such things,

which make for peace: not with God, for, for a sinful creature to make peace with God is impracticable and impossible, nor is there any exhortation to it in all the word of God; and if there was, it would be unnecessary here; since the persons here exhorted were such for whom peace with God was made by Christ, and who had a clear and comfortable sense of it in their own souls; and besides, for any to be put upon, or to attempt to make their peace with God, must highly reflect upon the methods of God's grace, in reconciling sinners to himself; and be injurious to the blood, sacrifice, and satisfaction of Christ, by which only peace is made: but the apostle means, either what makes for a man's own peace, or for the peace of others; the things which make for a man's own peace in his own conscience distressed with sin, are looking to, and dealing with the blood of Christ, which speaks peace and pardon; and the righteousness of Christ, which being apprehended by faith, a soul has peace with God through Christ; and also an embracing the Gospel, and the truths of it, which direct to Christ, which publish peace, and are the means of increasing and establishing a solid and well grounded peace, on the free grace of God and merits of Christ: attending on ordinances, and exercising a conscience void of offence towards God and men, are means of continuing and promoting a man's peace; he enjoys peace in them, though he do not derive it from them; yea, in the peace of others, is a man's own peace; and this is what is chiefly meant, a pursuing of things which make for the peace of others; of all men, and especially of saints; this is what should be eagerly followed after, closely pursued, and all ways and means should be made use of, to promote and secure it: this is the will of God; it is well pleasing to Christ, and a fruit of the Spirit; it is one part of the Gospel dispensation; church fellowship cannot be profitable and pleasant without it; it suits with the character of saints, who are sons of peace; and agrees with their privileges they enjoy, or have a right unto, as spiritual peace here, and eternal peace hereafter;

and things wherewith one may edify another. The church is often compared to a building, to a temple, a city, an house, and saints are the materials thereof; who are capable of being edified, or built up, yet more and more, both by words and by deeds; by words, by the ministry of the word, which is set up and continued among other things, for the edifying of the body of Christ; by praying with, and for each other; and by Christian conversation, about the experience of the grace of God, and doctrines of the Gospel, whereby saints may be useful in building up one another in their most holy faith; and so likewise by avoiding all filthy, frothy, and corrupt communication; all angry words and wrathful expressions, which tend not to profit, and are not for the use of edifying, but the contrary: moreover, edification is promoted by deeds, by acts of charity, or love; for charity edifies not by bare words but by loving in deed and in truth, by serving one another in love; for the spiritual body of Christ his church, makes increase unto the edifying of itself in love; and also by laying aside the use of things indifferent, when disagreeable to any of the brethren; for though all things may be lawful to be done by us, yet all things do not edify the brethren; and things which make for the edification of the body, as well as our own, are diligently to be sought after. The Vulgate Latin version, and some copies, read, "let us keep", or "observe those things wherewith one may edify another".

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. the things, &c.—more simply, "the things of peace, and the things of mutual edification."

Romans 14:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
Do Not Cause Your Brother to Stumble
18For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. 19So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another. 20Do not tear down the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are clean, but they are evil for the man who eats and gives offense.…
Cross References
Psalm 34:14
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Romans 12:18
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

Romans 15:2
Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.

1 Corinthians 7:15
But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace.

1 Corinthians 8:1
Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that "We all possess knowledge." But knowledge puffs up while love builds up.

1 Corinthians 10:23
"I have the right to do anything," you say--but not everything is beneficial. "I have the right to do anything"--but not everything is constructive.

1 Corinthians 14:3
But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.

1 Corinthians 14:4
Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.

1 Corinthians 14:5
I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.

1 Corinthians 14:12
So it is with you. Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church.

1 Corinthians 14:17
You are giving thanks well enough, but no one else is edified.

1 Corinthians 14:26
What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.

2 Corinthians 12:19
Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? We have been speaking in the sight of God as those in Christ; and everything we do, dear friends, is for your strengthening.

Ephesians 4:12
to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up

Ephesians 4:29
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

2 Timothy 2:22
Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Hebrews 12:14
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
Treasury of Scripture

Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things with which one may edify another.

follow.

Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men.

Psalm 34:14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Mark 9:50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltiness, with which …

2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brothers, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of …

Ephesians 4:3-7 Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace…

Philippians 2:1-4 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of …

Colossians 3:12-15 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels …

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall …

James 3:13-18 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show …

1 Peter 3:11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

and.

Romans 15:2 Let every one of us please his neighbor for his good to edification.

1 Corinthians 10:33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, …

1 Corinthians 14:12-17,26 Even so you, for as much as you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek …

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that …

1 Thessalonians 5:11,12 Why comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also you do…

1 Timothy 1:4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister …

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