Romans 14:17

“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For the kingdome of God is not meat and drinke; but righteousnes, and peace, and ioy in the holy Ghost.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For the kingdom of God is not food and drink, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
- Basic English Bible

for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in [the] Holy Spirit.
- Darby Bible

For the kingdom of God is not food and drink, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
- Webster's Bible

For the Kingdom of God does not consist of eating and drinking, but of right conduct, peace and joy, through the Holy Spirit;
- Weymouth Bible

for the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
- World English Bible

For whi the rewme of God is not mete and drynk, but riytwisnesse and pees and ioye in the Hooli Goost.
- Wycliffe Bible

for the reign of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 14:17


14:17 For the kingdom of God - That is, true religion, does not consist in external observances. But in righteousness - The image of God stamped on the heart; the love of God and man, accompanied with the peace that passeth all understanding, and joy in the Holy Ghost.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 14:17


Ro 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink. Christ's dominion; the church visibly; personally, his sway over your soul. This does not depend on "meat and drink". It rises higher than food questions. Personally, its essence is not in external things. It consists of: Righteousness. Justification; the forgiveness of sins. Peace. Reconciliation to God, and peace of soul as the result. And joy in the Holy Ghost. The rejoicing of those who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (Ro 8:1,4). Seek these rather than to eat and drink what you will.

Discussion for Romans 14

  • DANNY JOE Hood
    YOU can either bow now while here on earth, or bow later at the GREAT White Judgement,but every knee will confess that Jesus Christ Is LORD!!!!
  • Michael C.
    Bernice: Isaiah 25:7 "And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations." Amen to what you wrote: when the Lord comes, and sends His Angels to gather from out of His kingdom all the wicked of the earth, and their works; it will be a new and wonderful time of happiness and virtue for all people; and all shall know Jesus!
  • Michael C.
    This is such a wonderful chapter about not judging. So many times when speaking, or writing, or simply living; some people are always lying in wait to ambush you, to catch something, that they might twist into an accusation against you. Man is made in the image of God; and we are to love one another, because of that image. Each of us must give our account to Him, according to what He has given us.
  • Bernice Maxwell
    Romans 14:11 means to me, that in everyone's life, one day we will all come to know who the true God is and will acknowledge and worship him, even Satin.
  • Dee
    God gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him should not perish. Jesus' grace and mercy keeps us through whatever we go through, it's not to the swift or strong but the one that endure. But we should grow in his presence.
  • Lilian
    We are the children of God. Faith comes only by hearing the word of God without faith its impossible to please him. Because Jesus lives we shall live also what a loving God and Father we serve. God wants us to obey his words without our obedience we cant have peaceful soul and we are doubtful but thru the BLOOD OF JESUS WE ARE REDEEMED

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