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eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth : for God hath received him.
4 Who art thou that djudgest another man's servant ? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up :: for God is able to make him stand.3
5 fOne man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
6 He that regardeth 5 the day, regardeth it unto the Lord ; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he & giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
7 For none of us b liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord : whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.
9 For i to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
2 but he shall be established. Whit. 3 to establish him. Dod. Whit. "fully assured. A. V. s observeth. A. V. 6 both lived, and died, and rose again. Wh.
•Cor. ii. 16: Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day.
& JAMES, iv, 12. See on MAT. vii. 1. • Isa. xl. 29: He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
GAL. iv. 10 : Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. Col. i. 16 : The words under ver. 3.
81 Cor. x.31: Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Tim.iv.3: Which [meats] God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
bi Cor. vi. 19, 20; Gal. i7. 20; 1 Thes. v. 10; 1 Pet. iv. 2. See on Rom. vi. 11.
i2 COR. v. 15. See on Rom. vi. ll. Acts, x. 36 : The word which God sent unto the chil
10 But why dost thou judge thy brother ? or why dost thou set at nought? thy brother ? for we shall all 'stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
11 For it is written, " As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
12 So then "every one of us shall •give account of himself to God.
13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more : but judge this rather, that no man o put a
dren of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: he is Lord of all.
See on Acts, x. 42.
m Işa. xlv. 23 : I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall swear. John, v. 23 : That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. Phi.ii.9-11: Wherefore Gad also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name : that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth ; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Rev. v. 13: Every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power,
be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
GAL. vi. 5: Every man shall bear his own burden. • Mat. xii. 36 : Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 1 Pet. iv. 5: Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.
P MAT. xviii. 7 : Woe unto the world because of offences ! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! 1 Cor. viii. 9, 13 : Take heed lest by any means this liberty of your's become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend. do. x. 32: Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the Church of God. 2 Çor. vi. 3: Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed.
stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his bro. ther's way.
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.
15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably.16 Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.
16 'Let not then your good be evil spoken of:
17 For the kingdom of God is 'not meat and drink ; but "righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
& Gr. common. A. V. be made sorry in ecascience. Wi. "Gr. according to charity. A. V.
9 Ver. 2, 20. See on MAT. X. 11.
* I Cor. viii. 7, 10: Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge : for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. If any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols?
• I Cor. viii. 11: And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
* Rom. xii. 17: Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
Mat. vi. 33 : But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
1 Cor. viii. 8: Meat commendeth us not to God : for neither, if we eat, are we the better ; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. Heb. xiii. 9: It is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
"Mat. v. 6, 20: Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness : for they shall be filled. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
* See on John, xvi. 33.
» Rom. xii. 12 : Rejoicing in hope ; patient in tribulation ; continuing instant in prayer. do, xv. 13.
18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is ? acceptable to God, and approved of men.
19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may bedify another.
20 .For meat" destroy not the work of God. a All things indeed are pure ;12 e but it is evil for 13 that man who eateth with offence.14
21 It is good neither to eat "flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
11 For the sake of meat, Pu. 12 clean. Co. Pa. 13 but the evil is to. Ham. 14 by giving offence. Rh. with hurt of his conscience. Co. Ma. Cr.
2 2 Cor. viii. 21: Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
a See on MARK, ix. 50.
6 . his good to edification. 1 Cor. xiv. 12, 26 : Forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the Church. Let all things be done unto edifying. 2 Cor. xii. 19: We do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying. Eph. iv. 11, 12, 29: He gave some, apostles-for the edifying of the body of Christ. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying. Thes. v. 11 : Comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. 1 Tim. i. 4: Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith. JUDE, 20: Building up yourselves on your most holy faith.
c Ver. 15. & Ver. 14. See on Mat. xv. 11. e 1 Cor. viii. 9-12: But take heed lest by any means this liberty of your's become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols; and through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
1 1 Cor. vii. 13: If meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.
22 Hast thou faith ? have it to thyself before God. * Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
23 And he that doubteth 15 is damned 16 if he eat, because he eateth not of faith : for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
CHAP. XV. 1 The strong must bear with the weak : 2 we may not please ourselves,
3 for Christ did not so, 7 hut receive one the other, as Christ did us all, 8 both Jews 9 and Gentiles : 15 Paul excuseth his writing, 28 and promiseth to see them, 30 and requesteth theịr prayers.
WE then that are a strong ought to bear the b infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
2 ° Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The freproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. 15 discern
putteth a difference between meats. A. V. deinned. Gen. Wh. We. Pu. I to stand in our own conceits. Co. Ma.Cr.
& Ecclus. xiv. 2: Blessed is he whose conscience hath not condemned him, and who is not fallen from his hope in the LORD. 1 John, iii. 21 : Beloved, if oùr heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
h Tit. i. 15: Unto the pure all things are pure : but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. HEB. xi. 6: But without faith it is impossible to please him : for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
CHAP. XV. a Gal. vi. 1: Brethren, if a man be overtaken with a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
b Rom. xiv. 1.
f Ps. lxix. 9: The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.