|New International Version (©2011)|
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
New Living Translation (©2007)
Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.
English Standard Version (©2001)
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor.
International Standard Version (©2012)
Be devoted to each other with mutual affection. Excel at showing respect for each other.
NET Bible (©2006)
Be devoted to one another with mutual love, showing eagerness in honoring one another.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
Be affectionate to your brethren and love one another; be preferring and honoring one another.
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
Be devoted to each other like a loving family. Excel in showing respect for each other.
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
Be tender loving one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another;
American King James Version
Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another;
American Standard Version
In love of the brethren be tenderly affectioned one to another; in honor preferring one another;
Loving one another with the charity of brotherhood, with honour preventing one another.
Darby Bible Translation
as to brotherly love, kindly affectioned towards one another: as to honour, each taking the lead in paying it to the other:
English Revised Version
In love of the brethren be tenderly affectioned one to another; in honour preferring one another;
Webster's Bible Translation
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another;
Weymouth New Testament
As for brotherly love, be affectionate to one another; in matters of worldly honour, yield to one another.
World English Bible
In love of the brothers be tenderly affectionate one to another; in honor preferring one another;
Young's Literal Translation
in the love of brethren, to one another kindly affectioned: in the honour going before one another;
|Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary|
12:9-16 The professed love of Christians to each other should be sincere, free from deceit, and unmeaning and deceitful compliments. Depending on Divine grace, they must detest and dread all evil, and love and delight in whatever is kind and useful. We must not only do that which is good, but we must cleave to it. All our duty towards one another is summed up in one word, love. This denotes the love of parents to their children; which is more tender and natural than any other; unforced, unconstrained. And love to God and man, with zeal for the gospel, will make the wise Christian diligent in all his wordly business, and in gaining superior skill. God must be served with the spirit, under the influences of the Holy Spirit. He is honoured by our hope and trust in him, especially when we rejoice in that hope. He is served, not only by working for him, but by sitting still quietly, when he calls us to suffer. Patience for God's sake, is true piety. Those that rejoice in hope, are likely to be patient in tribulation. We should not be cold in the duty of prayer, nor soon weary of it. Not only must there be kindness to friends and brethren, but Christians must not harbour anger against enemies. It is but mock love, which rests in words of kindness, while our brethren need real supplies, and it is in our power to furnish them. Be ready to entertain those who do good: as there is occasion, we must welcome strangers. Bless, and curse not. It means thorough good will; not, bless them when at prayer, and curse them at other times; but bless them always, and curse not at all. True Christian love will make us take part in the sorrows and joys of each other. Labour as much as you can to agree in the same spiritual truths; and when you come short of that, yet agree in affection. Look upon worldly pomp and dignity with holy contempt. Do not mind it; be not in love with it. Be reconciled to the place God in his providence puts you in, whatever it be. Nothing is below us, but sin. We shall never find in our hearts to condescend to others, while we indulge conceit of ourselves; therefore that must be mortified.
Verse 10. - In brotherly love (φιλαδελφίᾳ) be kindly affectioned (φιλόστοργοι) one to another (φιλαδελφία, expressing the love of Christians for each other, is a special form or manifestation of general ἀάπη. In it there should be ever the warmth of family affection, στοργή); in honour preferring one another; literally, according to the proper sense of προηγούμενοι, taking the lead of each other in honour - i.e., in showing honour, rather than equivalent to ἀλλήλους ἡγούμενοι ὑπερέχοντας ἑαυτῶν in Philippians 2:3.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love,.... This is one branch of that love, before advised to, which should be unfeigned, and without guile and deceit. The objects of this grace are "brethren", not in such sense as all the descendants of Adam are, or men of the same country be, or as such who are born of the same parents in a natural sense are; to each of whom love is due under their respective characters and relations: but such who are so in a spiritual sense, who are born of God, are of his household, belong to his family, are the brethren of Christ, and one another; and are either members of the same church, incorporated together in the same church state, or at least members of Christ, and of the church universal. Now love to these should be kind, tender, and affectionate, reciprocal and mutual; such should love one another; there should be no love wanting on either side; and it ought to be universal, and reach to all the saints, though of different gifts, light, knowledge and experience, or whether high or low, rich or poor; and should show itself by bearing one another's burdens, bearing with, and forbearing each other, forgiving one another, and by edifying one another in their most holy faith, and praying with, and for one another.
In honour preferring one another; saints should think honourably of one another, and entertain an honourable esteem of each other; yea, should esteem each other better thou themselves; and not indulge evil surmises, and groundless jealousies of one another, which is contrary to that love that thinks no evil. They should speak honourably of each other in Christian company, and discourage that evil practice of whisperings, backbitings, and innuendos; they should treat each other with honour and respect in their common conversation, and especially when met together as a church of Christ. They should go before each other in giving honour, and showing respect, as the word signifies: they should set each other an example; and which also may be taken into the sense of the word, should prevent one another, not waiting until respect is shown on one side to return it again. Nor does this rule at all break in upon that order that should subsist, and be maintained in bodies civil and ecclesiastical, which requires superior honour to be given to persons according to their character, office, and station in which they are.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
10. Be, &c.—better, "In brotherly love be affectionate one to another; in [giving, or showing] honor, outdoing each other." The word rendered "prefer" means rather "to go before," "take the lead," that is, "show an example." How opposite is this to the reigning morality of the heathen world! and though Christianity has so changed the spirit of society, that a certain beautiful disinterestedness and self-sacrifice shines in the character of not a few who are but partially, if at all under the transforming power of the Gospel, it is only those whom "the love of Christ constrains to live not unto themselves," who are capable of thoroughly acting in the spirit of this precept.
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