Romans 12:16
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New International Version
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

King James Bible
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.

Darby Bible Translation
Have the same respect one for another, not minding high things, but going along with the lowly: be not wise in your own eyes:

World English Bible
Be of the same mind one toward another. Don't set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Don't be wise in your own conceits.

Young's Literal Translation
of the same mind one toward another, not minding the high things, but with the lowly going along; become not wise in your own conceit;

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Be of the same mind - Live in a state of continual harmony and concord, and pray for the same good for all which you desire for yourselves.

Mind not high things - Be not ambitious; affect nothing above your station; do not court the rich nor the powerful; do not pass by the poor man to pay your court to the great man; do not affect titles or worldly distinctions; much less sacrifice your conscience for them. The attachment to high things and high men is the vice of little, shallow minds. However, it argues one important fact, that such persons are conscious that they are of no worth and of no consequence in Themselves, and they seek to render themselves observable and to gain a little credit by their endeavors to associate themselves with men of rank and fortune, and if possible to get into honorable employments; and, if this cannot be attained, they affect honorable Titles.

But condescend to men of low estate - Be a companion of the humble, and pass through life with as little noise and show as possible. Let the poor, godly man be your chief companion; and learn from his humility and piety to be humble and godly. The term συναπαγομενοι, which we translate condescend, from συν, together, and απαγω, to lead, signifies to be led, carried, or dragged away to prison with another; and points out the state in which the primitive Christians were despised and rejected of men, and often led forth to prison and death. False or man-pleasing professors would endeavor to escape all this disgrace and danger by getting into the favor of the great, the worldly, and the irreligious. There have not been wanting, in all ages of the Church, persons who, losing the savour of Divine things from their own souls by drinking into a worldly spirit, have endeavored to shun the reproach of the cross by renouncing the company of the godly, speaking evil of the way of life, and perhaps sitting down in the chair of the scorner with apostates like themselves. And yet, strange to tell, these men will keep up a form of godliness! for a decent outside is often necessary to enable them to secure the ends of their ambition.

Be not wise in your own conceits - Be not puffed up with an opinion of your own consequence; for this will prove that the consequence itself is imaginary. Be not wise, παρ' ἑαυτοις, by yourselves - do not suppose that wisdom and discernment dwell alone with you. Believe that you stand in need both of help and instruction from others.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Romans 15:5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like minded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

Romans 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

2 Chronicles 30:12 Also in Judah the hand of God was to give them one heart to do the commandment of the king and of the princes, by the word of the LORD.

Jeremiah 32:39 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:

Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul...

1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing...

Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becomes the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent...

Philippians 2:2,3 Fulfill you my joy, that you be like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind...

Philippians 3:16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

Philippians 4:2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.

1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be you all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brothers, be pitiful, be courteous:

Mind.

Psalm 131:1,2 Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me...

Jeremiah 45:5 And seek you great things for yourself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil on all flesh, said the LORD...

Matthew 18:1-4 At the same time came the disciples to Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven...

Matthew 20:21-28 And he said to her, What will you? She said to him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on your right hand...

Luke 4:6-11 And the devil said to him, All this power will I give you, and the glory of them: for that is delivered to me...

Luke 22:24-27 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest...

1 Peter 5:3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

3 John 1:9 I wrote to the church: but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, receives us not.

Revelation 13:7,8 And it was given to him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues...

condescend to men of low estate. or, be contented with mean things.

Job 31:13-16 If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me...

Job 36:5 Behold, God is mighty, and despises not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.

Proverbs 17:5 Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.

Proverbs 19:7,17,22 All the brothers of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursues them with words...

Matthew 6:25,26 Therefore I say to you, Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body...

Matthew 11:5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up...

Matthew 26:11 For you have the poor always with you; but me you have not always.

Luke 6:20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be you poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.

Luke 14:13 But when you make a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:

Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content...

1 Timothy 6:6-9 But godliness with contentment is great gain...

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as you have: for he has said, I will never leave you...

James 2:5,6 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith...

Be not.

Romans 11:25 For I would not, brothers, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits...

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Proverbs 26:12 See you a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Isaiah 5:21 Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

1 Corinthians 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

1 Corinthians 4:10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are honorable, but we are despised.

1 Corinthians 6:5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brothers?

1 Corinthians 8:2 And if any man think that he knows any thing, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.

James 3:13-17 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom...

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A Reasonable Service
TEXT: "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."--Romans 12:1. There is perhaps no chapter in the New Testament, certainly none in this epistle, with which we are more familiar than this one which is introduced by the text; and yet, however familiar we may be with the statements, if we read them carefully and study them honestly they must always come to us not only in the
J. Wilbur Chapman—And Judas Iscariot

April 6. "As we have Many Members in one Body, So we Being Many are one Body in Christ" (Rom. xii. 4, 5).
"As we have many members in one body, so we being many are one body in Christ" (Rom. xii. 4, 5). Sometimes our communion with God is cut off, or interrupted because of something wrong with a brother, or some lack of unity in the body of Christ. We try to get at the Lord, but we cannot, because we are separated from some member of the Lord's body, or because there is not the freedom of His love flowing through every organic part. It does not need a blow upon the head to paralyze the brain; a blow
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Another Triplet of Graces
'Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.'--ROMANS xii. 12. These three closely connected clauses occur, as you all know, in the midst of that outline of the Christian life with which the Apostle begins the practical part of this Epistle. Now, what he omits in this sketch of Christian duty seems to me quite as significant as what he inserts. It is very remarkable that in the twenty verses devoted to this subject, this is the only one which refers to the inner secrets
Alexander Maclaren—Romans, Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)

Still Another Triplet
'Be of the same mind one toward another. Set not your mind on high things, but condescend to things that are lowly. Be not wise in your own conceits.'--Romans xii. 16 (R.V.). We have here again the same triple arrangement which has prevailed through a considerable portion of the context. These three exhortations are linked together by a verbal resemblance which can scarcely be preserved in translation. In the two former the same verb is employed: and in the third the word for 'wise' is cognate with
Alexander Maclaren—Romans, Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)

Cross References
Psalm 131:1
A song of ascents. Of David. My heart is not proud, LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.

Proverbs 3:7
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.

Proverbs 26:5
Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.

Isaiah 5:21
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.

Jeremiah 45:5
Should you then seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them. For I will bring disaster on all people, declares the LORD, but wherever you go I will let you escape with your life.'"

Romans 11:20
Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble.

Romans 11:25
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in,

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