Romans 14:3
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New International Version
The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them.

New Living Translation
Those who feel free to eat anything must not look down on those who don't. And those who don't eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them.

English Standard Version
Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him.

New American Standard Bible
The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
One who eats must not look down on one who does not eat, and one who does not eat must not criticize one who does, because God has accepted him.

International Standard Version
The person who eats any kind of food must not ridicule the person who does not eat them, and the person who does not eat certain foods must not criticize the person who eats them, for God has accepted him.

NET Bible
The one who eats everything must not despise the one who does not, and the one who abstains must not judge the one who eats everything, for God has accepted him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats, for God has accepted him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
People who eat all foods should not despise people who eat only vegetables. In the same way, the vegetarians should not criticize people who eat all foods, because God has accepted those people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let not him that eats despise him that does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him that eats; for God has raised him up.

King James 2000 Bible
Let not him that eats despise him that eats not; and let not him who eats not judge him that eats: for God has received him.

American King James Version
Let not him that eats despise him that eats not; and let not him which eats not judge him that eats: for God has received him.

American Standard Version
Let not him that eateth set at nought him that eateth not; and let not him that eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let not him that eateth, despise him that eateth not: and he that eateth not, let him not judge him that eateth. For God hath taken him to him.

Darby Bible Translation
Let not him that eats make little of him that eats not; and let not him that eats not judge him that eats: for God has received him.

English Revised Version
Let not him that eateth set at nought him that eateth not; and let not him that eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let not him that eateth, despise him that eateth not; and let not him who eateth not, judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.

Weymouth New Testament
Let not him who eats certain food look down upon him who abstains from it, nor him who abstains from it find fault with him who eats it; for God has received both of them.

World English Bible
Don't let him who eats despise him who doesn't eat. Don't let him who doesn't eat judge him who eats, for God has accepted him.

Young's Literal Translation
let not him who is eating despise him who is not eating: and let not him who is not eating judge him who is eating, for God did receive him.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:1-6 Differences of opinion prevailed even among the immediate followers of Christ and their disciples. Nor did St. Paul attempt to end them. Compelled assent to any doctrine, or conformity to outward observances without being convinced, would be hypocritical and of no avail. Attempts for producing absolute oneness of mind among Christians would be useless. Let not Christian fellowship be disturbed with strifes of words. It will be good for us to ask ourselves, when tempted to disdain and blame our brethren; Has not God owned them? and if he has, dare I disown them? Let not the Christian who uses his liberty, despise his weak brother as ignorant and superstitious. Let not the scrupulous believer find fault with his brother, for God accepted him, without regarding the distinctions of meats. We usurp the place of God, when we take upon us thus to judge the thoughts and intentions of others, which are out of our view. The case as to the observance of days was much the same. Those who knew that all these things were done away by Christ's coming, took no notice of the festivals of the Jews. But it is not enough that our consciences consent to what we do; it is necessary that it be certified from the word of God. Take heed of acting against a doubting conscience. We are all apt to make our own views the standard of truth, to deem things certain which to others appear doubtful. Thus Christians often despise or condemn each other, about doubtful matters of no moment. A thankful regard to God, the Author and Giver of all our mercies, sanctifies and sweetens them.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Let not him that eateth, despise him that eateth not,.... Such who had a greater degree of Gospel light and knowledge, and made use of their Christian liberty in eating any sort of food, were not to despise as they were apt to do, such as abstained therefrom on account of the ceremonial law, as weak, ignorant; superstitious, and bigoted persons; or were not to set them at naught, or make nothing of them, as the word signifies, have no regard to their peace and comfort; but, on the other hand, were to consider them as brethren in Christ, though weak; and as having a work of God upon their souls, and therefore to be careful how they grieved them, destroyed their peace, or laid stumblingblocks in their way:

and let not him which eateth not, judge him that eateth: such who thought it not their duty to eat anything, but to forbear the use of some things directed to in the law, were not to censure and condemn, as they were apt to do, those who used their liberty in these things, as profane persons, and transgressors of the law of God; but leave them to the last and righteous judgment, when every one must be accountable to God for the various actions of life: the reason used to enforce this advice on both parties is,

for God hath received him: which respects both him that eateth, and him that eateth not, him that is despised, and him that is judged; and is a reason why one should not despise, nor the other judge, because God had received both the one and the other into his heart's love and affection, into the covenant of grace, and into his family by adoption: they were received by Christ, coming to him as perishing sinners, according to the will of God; whose will it likewise was, that they should be received into church fellowship, as being no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; and God had also received them into his service, and they were made willing to serve him, as well as to be saved by him; and did serve him acceptably with reverence and godly fear, in righteousness and holiness; and this is the rather to be taken into the sense of this passage, because of what follows.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. Let not him that eateth despise—look down superciliously upon "him that eateth not."

and let not him that eateth not judge—sit in judgment censoriously upon "him that eateth."

for God hath received him—as one of His dear children, who in this matter acts not from laxity, but religious principle.

Romans 14:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Do Not Judge Your Brother
2One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only. 3The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him. 4Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.…
Cross References
Luke 18:9
To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable:

Acts 28:2
The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold.

Romans 11:15
For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?

Romans 14:1
Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters.

Romans 14:10
You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat.

Romans 14:13
Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.

Romans 15:7
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

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

Let not him that eats despise him that eats not; and let not him which eats not judge him that eats: for God has received him.

despise.

Romans 14:10,15,21 But why do you judge your brother? or why do you set at nothing your brother…

Zechariah 4:10 For who has despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice…

Matthew 18:10 Take heed that you despise not one of these little ones; for I say to you…

Luke 18:9 And he spoke this parable to certain which trusted in themselves …

1 Corinthians 8:11-13 And through your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom …

judge.

Romans 14:13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather…

Matthew 7:1,2 Judge not, that you be not judged…

Matthew 9:14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the …

Matthew 11:18,19 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He has a devil…

1 Corinthians 10:29,30 Conscience, I say, not your own, but of the other: for why is my …

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

for.

Acts 10:34,44 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that …

Acts 15:8,9 And God, which knows the hearts, bore them witness, giving them the …

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