Romans 14:20
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New International Version
Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble.

New Living Translation
Don't tear apart the work of God over what you eat. Remember, all foods are acceptable, but it is wrong to eat something if it makes another person stumble.

English Standard Version
Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats.

Berean Study Bible
Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to let his eating be a stumbling block.

Berean Literal Bible
Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are clean, but it is wrong to the man eating through a stumbling block.

New American Standard Bible
Do 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.

King James Bible
For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not tear down God's work because of food. Everything is clean, but it is wrong for a man to cause stumbling by what he eats.

International Standard Version
Do not destroy God's action for the sake of food. Everything is clean, but it is wrong to make another person stumble because of what you eat.

NET Bible
Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. For although all things are clean, it is wrong to cause anyone to stumble by what you eat.

New Heart English Bible
Do not overthrow God's work for food's sake. All things indeed are clean, however it is evil for that man who creates a stumbling block by eating.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And let us not destroy a Servant of God because of food, for everything is pure, but it is evil to a man who eats with offense.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't ruin God's work because of what you eat. All food is acceptable, but it's wrong for a person to eat something if it causes someone else to have doubts.

New American Standard 1977
Do 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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Because of food, do not destroy the work of God. All things indeed are clean, but it is evil for that man who eats with offense.

King James 2000 Bible
For food destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eats with offense.

American King James Version
For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eats with offense.

American Standard Version
Overthrow not for meat's sake the work of God. All things indeed are clean; howbeit it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Destroy not the work of God for meat. All things indeed are clean: but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.

Darby Bible Translation
For the sake of meat do not destroy the work of God. All things indeed [are] pure; but [it is] evil to that man who eats while stumbling [in doing so].

English Revised Version
Overthrow not for meat's sake the work of God. All things indeed are clean; howbeit it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the sake of food, destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offense.

Weymouth New Testament
Do not for food's sake be throwing down God's work. All food is pure; but a man is in the wrong if his food is a snare to others.

World English Bible
Don't overthrow God's work for food's sake. All things indeed are clean, however it is evil for that man who creates a stumbling block by eating.

Young's Literal Translation
for the sake of victuals cast not down the work of God; all things, indeed, are pure, but evil is to the man who is eating through stumbling.
Study Bible
The Law of Love
19So then, let us pursue what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to let his eating be a stumbling block. 21It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything to cause your brother to stumble.…
Cross References
Acts 10:15
The voice spoke to him a second time: "Do not call anything impure that God has made clean."

Romans 14:2
For one man has faith to eat all things, while another, who is weak, eats only vegetables.

Romans 14:14
I am convinced and fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean.

Romans 14:15
If your brother is distressed by what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy your brother, for whom Christ died.

1 Corinthians 8:9
Be careful, however, that your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.

1 Corinthians 8:11
So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge.

1 Corinthians 8:12
By sinning against your brothers in this way and wounding their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.

Titus 1:15
To the pure, all things are pure; but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure. Indeed, both their minds and their consciences are defiled.
Treasury of Scripture

For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eats with offense.

For. See on ver.

Romans 14:15 But if your brother be grieved with your meat, now walk you not charitably. …

Matthew 18:6 But whoever shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me…

1 Corinthians 6:12,13 All things are lawful to me, but all things are not expedient: all …

1 Corinthians 8:8,13 But meat commends us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the …

1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to …

the work.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, …

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which has begun a good …

All.

Romans 14:14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing …

Matthew 15:11 Not that which goes into the mouth defiles a man; but that which …

Acts 10:15 And the voice spoke to him again the second time, What God has cleansed, …

1 Timothy 4:3-5 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats…

Titus 1:15 To the pure all things are pure: but to them that are defiled and …

but.

Romans 14:15,21 But if your brother be grieved with your meat, now walk you not charitably. …

1 Corinthians 8:9-12 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling …

1 Corinthians 10:32,33 Give none offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor …

(20) Destroy not.--A different word from that employed in Romans 14:15. It is the correlative and opposite of "edify," and means to "unbuild" or "pull down."

The work of God.--The fabric which the grace of God has begun, and which the edification of Christians by each other may help to raise in the soul; the gradual formation of a truly Christian character, both spiritual and moral.

For that man who eateth with offence.--It seems, on the whole, best (though the other view is taken) to refer the "eating" here to the strong in faith, and the "offence" to that which his eating causes to the weaker brethren. The force of the preposition is that his eating is attended with offence.

For meat destroy not the work of God,.... The Syriac reads it, "the works of God"; referring either to righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost, of which the kingdom of God consists; or to the weak brother, who both as a creature, and as a new creature, is the workmanship of God; and to the good work of grace, the work of faith upon his soul, which is the work of God; or rather to his peace, and the peace of the church of Christ, which is both the will and work of God; peace is what he calls his people to, and what he himself is the author of; and may be destroyed, and sometimes is, by trifling things; whereas a true believer, though ever so weak, cannot be destroyed, nor the good work of God upon his soul be lost, nor any part of it; not the work of faith, which Christ prays for that it fail not, and is both the author and finisher of; but the work of peace and edification in particular persons, and in a church, may be destroyed, but it is pity it should, by so small a matter, so trivial a thing as meat, or the use of anything that is indifferent:

all things indeed are pure. The Ethiopic version adds, "to the pure"; to them that have pure consciences, sprinkled by the blood of Christ, and have no doubt or scruple about eating things indifferent; but this addition seems to be taken out of Titus 1:15; though it may serve to explain the sense, which is, that all sorts of food, without any distinction, may be eaten; there is nothing common or unclean, every creature in itself is good, and every Christian may lawfully eat thereof, with moderation and thankfulness. This is a concession which stands thus corrected and restrained,

but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence. The Arabic version adds, "of his neighbour"; which is a good interpretation of the passage; for the apostle means not with offence to a man's own conscience, though so to eat is an evil too, but with offence to a fellow Christian; it is not an evil in itself to eat, but when this circumstance of offending another thereby attends it; it is evil, though not in itself, yet in its consequences; it offends a weak brother, displeases Christ, who would not have one of his little ones offended, and brings a woe upon the person by whom the offence comes. The Ethiopic version reads, "who eats inordinately"; which to be sure is sinful, but is not the meaning here. 20. For—"For the sake of"

meat destroy not the work of God—(See on [2260]Ro 14:15). The apostle sees in whatever tends to violate a brother's conscience the incipient destruction of God's work (for every converted man is such)—on the same principle as "he that hateth his brother is a murderer" (1Jo 3:15).

All things indeed are pure—"clean"; the ritual distinctions being at an end.

but it is evil to that man—there is criminality in the man

who eateth with offence—that is, so as to stumble a weak brother.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.
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