New International Version
Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters.
King James Bible
Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
Darby Bible Translation
Now him that is weak in the faith receive, not to [the] determining of questions of reasoning.
World English Bible
Now accept one who is weak in faith, but not for disputes over opinions.
Young's Literal Translation
And him who is weak in the faith receive ye -- not to determinations of reasonings;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Him that is weak in the faith - By this the apostle most evidently means the converted Jew, who must indeed be weak in the faith, if he considered this distinction of meats and days essential to his salvation. See on Romans 14:21 (note).
Receive ye - Associate with him; receive him into your religious fellowship; but when there, let all religious altercations be avoided.
Not to doubtful disputations - Μη εις διακρισεις δια λογισμων. These words have been variously translated and understood. Dr. Whitby thinks the sense of them to be this; Not discriminating them by their inward thoughts. Do not reject any from your Christian communion because of their particular sentiments on things which are in themselves indifferent. Do not curiously inquire into their religious scruples, nor condemn them on that account. Entertain a brother of this kind rather with what may profit his soul, than with curious disquisitions on speculative points of doctrine. A good lesson for modern Christians in general.
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doubtful disputations. or, judge his doubtful thoughts.
LibraryJuly 25. "He that in These Things Serveth Christ is Acceptable to God" (Rom. xiv. 18).
"He that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God" (Rom. xiv. 18). God can only use us while we are right. Satan cared far less for Peter's denial of his Master than for the use he made of it afterwards to destroy his faith. So Jesus said to him: "I have prayed for thee that thy faith fail not." It was Peter's faith he attacked, and so it is our faith that Satan contests. "The trial of our faith is much more precious than gold that perisheth." Whatever else we let go let us hold steadfastly …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
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A Summary of the Christian Life. Of Self-Denial.
Further Journeying About Galilee.
For it doesn't go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body." (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)
The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold.
For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?
One person's faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables.
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.
We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
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