Epistle to the Romans
Epistle to the Romans Community Quotes
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Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. (NRSV 12:13-16)
Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. (KJV 12:13-16)
Everyone can use a few rules for living in a community, right? Like, you know, don't eat that sandwich in the office fridge that very clearly has someone else's name on it. Paul is big on people taking care of each other, and this section provides some guidelines for living in harmony.
Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions. (NRSV 14:1)
Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. (KJV 14:1)
If you want to invite a non-believer to hang out with you, it's cool. But don't just invite them over so you can argue. Paul must have been to a few tense Thanksgiving dinners before he came up with this one.
Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. (NRSV 14:10)
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. (KJV 14:10)
According to Paul, Christians have no right to judge each other. It reminds us of something Jesus said: "Do not judge, so that you may not be judged" (Matthew 7:1). Look at them: two peas in a pod.