Romans 14:20
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.

Christian Standard Bible
Do not tear down God's work because of food. Everything is clean, but it is wrong to make someone fall by what he eats.

Contemporary English Version
Don't let your appetite destroy what God has done. All foods are fit to eat, but it is wrong to cause problems for others by what you eat.

Good News Translation
Do not, because of food, destroy what God has done. All foods may be eaten, but it is wrong to eat anything that will cause someone else to fall into sin.

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 anyone 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.

Romans 14:15
But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.

Matthew 18:6
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

1 Corinthians 6:12,13
All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any…

the work.

Ephesians 2:10
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Philippians 1:6
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

All.

Romans 14:14
I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.

Matthew 15:11
Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

Acts 10:15
And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

but.

Romans 14:15,21
But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died…

1 Corinthians 8:9-12
But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak…

1 Corinthians 10:32,33
Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: …







Lexicon
{Do} not
μὴ (mē)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3361: Not, lest. A primary particle of qualified negation; not, lest; also (whereas ou expects an affirmative one) whether.

destroy
κατάλυε (katalye)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2647: From kata and luo; to loosen down, i.e. to demolish; specially to halt for the night.

the
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

work
ἔργον (ergon)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 2041: From a primary ergo; toil; by implication, an act.

of God
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

for the sake of
ἕνεκεν (heneken)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1752: Or heneken hen'-ek-en or heineken hi'-nek-en; of uncertain affinity; on account of.

food.
βρώματος (brōmatos)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 1033: Food of any kind. From the base of bibrosko; food, especially articles allowed or forbidden by the Jewish law.

All [food is]
πάντα (panta)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

clean,
καθαρά (kathara)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 2513: Clean.

but
ἀλλὰ (alla)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 235: But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.

[it is] wrong
κακὸν (kakon)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 2556: Bad, evil, in the widest sense. Apparently a primary word; worthless, i.e. depraved, or injurious.

for a man
ἀνθρώπῳ (anthrōpō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

to let his eating be
ἐσθίοντι (esthionti)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2068: Strengthened for a primary edo; used only in certain tenses, the rest being supplied by phago; to eat.

a stumbling block.
προσκόμματος (proskommatos)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4348: A stumbling-block, an occasion for falling, a moral embarrassment. From proskopto; a stub, i.e. occasion of apostasy.
(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.

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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