Romans 14:22
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New International Version
So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves.

New Living Translation
You may believe there's nothing wrong with what you are doing, but keep it between yourself and God. Blessed are those who don't feel guilty for doing something they have decided is right.

English Standard Version
The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves.

New American Standard Bible
The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.

King James Bible
Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do you have a conviction? Keep it to yourself before God. The man who does not condemn himself by what he approves is blessed.

International Standard Version
As for the faith you do have, have it as your own conviction before God. How blessed is the person who has no reason to condemn himself because of what he approves!

NET Bible
The faith you have, keep to yourself before God. Blessed is the one who does not judge himself by what he approves.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You who have faith in your soul, hold it before God. Whoever does not judge his soul in the thing which he designates is blessed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So whatever you believe about these things, keep it between yourself and God. The person who does what he knows is right shouldn't feel guilty. He is blessed.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou hast faith; have it to thyself before God. Blessed is he that does not condemn himself with that thing which he allows.

King James 2000 Bible
Have you faith? have it to yourself before God. Happy is he that condemns not himself in that thing which he allows.

American King James Version
Have you faith? have it to yourself before God. Happy is he that comdemns not himself in that thing which he allows.

American Standard Version
The faith which thou hast, have thou to thyself before God. Happy is he that judgeth not himself in that which he approveth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hast thou faith? Have it to thyself before God. Blessed is he that condemneth not himself in that which he alloweth.

Darby Bible Translation
Hast *thou* faith? have [it] to thyself before God. Blessed [is] he who does not judge himself in what he allows.

English Revised Version
The faith which thou hast, have thou to thyself before God. Happy is he that judgeth not himself in that which he approveth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.

Weymouth New Testament
As for you and your faith, keep your faith to yourself in the presence of God. The man is to be congratulated who does not pronounce judgement on himself in what his actions sanction.

World English Bible
Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who doesn't judge himself in that which he approves.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast faith! to thyself have it before God; happy is he who is not judging himself in what he doth approve,
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

Verse 22. - Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Hast thou an enlightened faith, showing thee the unimportance of these observances? Do not parade it needlessly before men. Θέλεις μαι δεῖξαι ὄτι τέλειος εϊ καὶ ἀπηρτισμένος μὴ ἐμοὶ δείκνοε ἀλλ ἀρκείτω τὸ συνειδός (Chrysostom). Happy is he that judgeth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. Thy weak brother, if he abstains conscientiously, is thus happy; take care that thou art equally so in the exercise of thy freedom; for he that alloweth himself in anything that he is not fully convinced is lawful passes, ipso facto, judgment on himself.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God,.... Which is to be understood, not of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the doctrines of the Gospel; for a man that has such faith given him, ought not to keep it in his own breast, but to declare it to others; he ought to make a public visible profession of it, before many witnesses; it becomes him to tell the church of God what great things the Lord has done for him; and as he believes with the heart, so he ought to make confession with the mouth unto salvation; but this faith only designs a full persuasion in a man's own mind, about the free and lawful use of things indifferent, the subject the apostle is upon; see Romans 14:5; and his advice on this head is, to keep this faith and persuasion in a man's own breast, and not divulge it to others, where there is danger of scandal and offence: he does not advise such to alter their minds, change their sentiments, or cast away their faith, which was right and agreeable to his own, but to have it, hold and keep it, though, within themselves; he would not have them openly declare it, and publicly make use of it, since it might be grieving and distressing to weak minds; but in private, and where there was no danger of giving offence, they might both speak of it, and use it; and if they could not, should satisfy themselves that God, who sees in secret, knows they have this faith, and sees their use of it, though others do not, for from him they have it; so the Ethiopic version reads it, and "if thou hast faith with thyself, thou art secure before God, from whom thou hast obtained it"; and should be thankful to him for it, and use it in such a manner as makes most for his glory, and the peace of his church since to him they must give an account another day: some copies and versions read without an interrogation, thou hast faith; and others, "thou, the faith which thou hast, have it to thyself", &c. so the Alexandrian copy and the Syriac version.

Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth; or "approves of"; that is, it is well for that man who observes no difference of meats, if either he does not act contrary to his own conscience, and so condemns himself in what he allows himself in; or exposes himself to the censure, judgment, and condemnation of others, in doing that which he approves of as lawful, and is so, but unlawful when done to the offence of others: some understand this as spoken to the weak believer, signifying that he is in the right, who, through example, and the force of the sensual appetite, is not prevailed upon to allow himself to eat, contrary to his own conscience, and whereby he would be self-condemned; but as the strong believer is addressed in the beginning of the verse, I choose to think he is intended in this part of it; and the rather, because the weak believer is taken notice of in the next verse, with a peculiar view to this very thing.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

22. Hast thou faith—on such matters?

have it to thyself—within thine own breast

before God—a most important clause. It is not mere sincerity, or a private opinion, of which the apostle speaks; it is conviction as to what is the truth and will of God. If thou hast formed this conviction in the sight of God, keep thyself in this frame before Him. Of course, this is not to be over-pressed, as if it were wrong to discuss such points at all with our weaker brethren. All that is here condemned is such a zeal for small points as endangers Christian love.

Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that which he alloweth—allows himself to do nothing, about the lawfulness of which he has scruples; does only what he neither knows nor fears to be sinful.

Romans 14:22 Additional Commentaries
Context
Do Not Cause Your Brother to Stumble
21It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles. 22The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. 23But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.
Cross References
Romans 2:1
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.

1 Corinthians 8:7
But not everyone possesses this knowledge. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat sacrificial food they think of it as having been sacrificed to a god, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled.

1 John 3:21
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God
Treasury of Scripture

Have you faith? have it to yourself before God. Happy is he that comdemns not himself in that thing which he allows.

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Romans 14:2,5,14,23 For one believes that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eats herbs…

Galatians 6:1 Brothers, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you which are spiritual, …

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

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Romans 7:15,24 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; …

Acts 24:16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void …

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that …

1 John 3:21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

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