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Romans 14:16

    Romans 14:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Let not then your good be evil spoken of:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Let not then your good be evil spoken of:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Let not then your good be evil spoken of:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Let it not be possible for men to say evil about your good:

    Webster's Revision

    Let not then your good be evil spoken of:

    World English Bible

    Then don't let your good be slandered,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Let not then your good be evil spoken of:

    Definitions for Romans 14:16

    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on Romans 14:16

    Let not then your good be evil spoken of - Do not make such a use of your Christian liberty as to subject the Gospel itself to reproach. Whatsoever you do, do it in such a manner, spirit, and time, as to make it productive of the greatest possible good. There are many who have such an unhappy method of doing their good acts, as not only to do little or no good by them, but a great deal of evil. It requires much prudence and watchfulness to find out the proper time of performing even a good action.

    Barnes' Notes on Romans 14:16

    Let not then your good ... - That which you esteem to be right, and which may be right in itself. You are not bound by the ceremonial law. You are free from the yoke of bondage This freedom you esteem to be a good - a favor - a high privilege. And so it is; but you should not make such a use of it as to do injury to others.

    Be evil spoken of - Greek, Be blasphemed. Do not so use your Christian liberty as to give occasion for railing and unkind remarks from your brethren, so as to produce contention and strife, and thus to give rise to evil reports among the wicked about the tendency of the Christian religion, as if it were adapted only to promote controversy. How much strife would have been avoided if all Christians had regarded this plain rule. In relation to dress, and rites, and ceremonies in the church, we may be conscious that we are right; but an obstinate adherence to them may only give rise to contention and angry discussions, and to evil reports among men, of the tendency of religion. In such a case we should yield our private, unimportant personal indulgence to the good of the cause of religion and of peace.

    Wesley's Notes on Romans 14:16

    14:16 Let not then your good and lawful liberty be evil spoken of - By being offensive to others.