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Romans 14:18 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For he that herein serveth Christ is well-pleasing to God, and approved of men.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For he that in these things serveth Christ [is] acceptable to God, and approved of men.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— For he who in this [way] serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For he that in these things serveth Christ, [is] acceptable to God, and approved by men.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— For he that in this serves the Christ [is] acceptable to God and approved of men.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— For, he that in this doeth service unto the Christ, is acceptable unto God, and approved unto men.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— for he who in these things is serving the Christ, [is] acceptable to God and approved of men.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For he that in this serveth Christ pleaseth God and is approved of men.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For hee that in these things serueth Christ, is acceptable to God, and approued of men.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— For who in these things serveth the Meshiha pleaseth Aloha, and before men is approved.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— For he who is in these things a servant of Messiah, is pleasing to God, and approved before men.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 1063
{1063} Prime
A primary particle; properly assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles).
he that in 1722
{1722} Prime
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
these things 5125
{5125} Prime
Dative, plural, masculine or neuter of G3778; to (for, in, with or by) these (persons or things).
serveth 1398
{1398} Prime
From G1401; to be a slave to (literally or figuratively, involuntarily or voluntarily).
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
Christ 5547
{5547} Prime
From G5548; anointed, that is, the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.
[is] acceptable 2101
{2101} Prime
From G2095 and G0701; fully agreeable.
to God, 2316
{2316} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
approved 1384
{1384} Prime
From G1380; properly acceptable (current after assayal), that is, approved.
of men. 444
{0444} Prime
From G0435 and ὤψ [[ops]] (the countenance; from G3700); manfaced, that is, a human being.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Romans 14:18

_ _ For he that in these things — “in this,” meaning this threefold life.

_ _ serveth Christ — Here again observe how, though we do these three things as a “kingdom of God,” yet it is “Christ” that we serve in so doing; the apostle passing here from God to Christ as naturally as before from Christ to God — in a way to us inconceivable, if Christ had been viewed as a mere creature (compare 2 Corinthians 8:21).

_ _ is acceptable to God, and approved of men — these being the things which God delights in, and men are constrained to approve. (Compare Proverbs 3:4; Luke 2:52; Acts 2:47; Acts 19:20).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Romans 14:1-23.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Romans 14:18

In these — Righteousness, peace, and joy. Men — Wise and good men.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Romans 14:18

For he that in (p) these things serveth Christ [is] acceptable to God, and approved of men.

(p) He that lives peaceably, and does righteously, through the Holy Spirit.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Romans 14:4 Who art thou that judgest 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.
Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
Mark 13:34 [For the Son of man is] as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will [my] Father honour.
1 Corinthians 7:22 For he that is called in the Lord, [being] a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, [being] free, is Christ's servant.
Galatians 6:15-16 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. ... And as many as walk according to this rule, peace [be] on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
Colossians 3:24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, ... Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.


Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service. ... And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Genesis 4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee [shall be] his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
Ecclesiastes 9:7 Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.
Acts 10:35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
2 Corinthians 8:21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
Philippians 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things [which were sent] from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.
1 Timothy 2:3 For this [is] good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
1 Timothy 5:4 But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.
1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:20 For what glory [is it], if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer [for it], ye take it patiently, this [is] acceptable with God.


2 Corinthians 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
2 Corinthians 5:11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
2 Corinthians 6:4 But in all [things] approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
2 Corinthians 8:21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
1 Thessalonians 1:3-4 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; ... Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.
James 2:18-26 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. ... For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
1 Peter 3:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
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