Romans 12:11
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New International Version
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

New Living Translation
Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.

English Standard Version
Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

Berean Study Bible
Do not let your zeal subside; keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

Berean Literal Bible
not lagging in diligence, being fervent in spirit, serving the Lord,

New American Standard Bible
not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

King James Bible
Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord.

International Standard Version
Never be lazy in showing such devotion. Be on fire with the Spirit. Serve the Lord.

NET Bible
Do not lag in zeal, be enthusiastic in spirit, serve the Lord.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Be diligent and do not be lazy; be enthusiastic in spirit; be working for your Lord.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't be lazy in showing your devotion. Use your energy to serve the Lord.

New American Standard 1977
not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

Jubilee Bible 2000
not slothful in earnest care, but fervent in the Spirit, serving the Lord,

King James 2000 Bible
Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

American King James Version
Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

American Standard Version
in diligence not slothful; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Douay-Rheims Bible
In carefulness not slothful. In spirit fervent. Serving the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
as to diligent zealousness, not slothful; in spirit fervent; serving the Lord.

English Revised Version
in diligence not slothful; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Webster's Bible Translation
Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Weymouth New Testament
Do not be indolent when zeal is required. Be thoroughly warm-hearted, the Lord's own servants,

World English Bible
not lagging in diligence; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Young's Literal Translation
in the diligence not slothful; in the spirit fervent; the Lord serving;
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
Love, Zeal, Hope, Hospitality
10Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Outdo yourselves in honoring one another. 11Do not let your zeal subside; keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, persistent in prayer.…
Cross References
Proverbs 31:15
She rises also while it is still night And gives food to her household And portions to her maidens.

Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol where you are going.

Acts 18:25
He had been instructed in the way of the Lord and was fervent in spirit. He spoke and taught accurately about Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John.

Acts 20:19
I served the Lord with great humility and with tears, and in the trials I faced through the plots of the Jews.

Revelation 3:15
I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were one or the other.
Treasury of Scripture

Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

slothful.

Exodus 5:17 But he said, You are idle, you are idle: therefore you say, Let us …

Proverbs 6:6-9 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise…

Proverbs 10:26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard …

Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing: but the soul of …

Proverbs 18:9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

Proverbs 22:29 See you a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; …

Proverbs 24:30-34 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man …

Proverbs 26:13-16 The slothful man said, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets…

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there …

Isaiah 56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb …

Matthew 25:26 His lord answered and said to him, You wicked and slothful servant, …

Acts 20:34,35 Yes, you yourselves know, that these hands have ministered to my …

Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working …

1 Thessalonians 4:11,12 And that you study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and …

2 Thessalonians 3:6-12 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…

1 Timothy 5:13 And with they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; …

Hebrews 6:10,11 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, …

fervent.

Matthew 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Acts 18:25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent …

Colossians 4:12,13 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, salutes you, always …

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that …

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through …

1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity …

Revelation 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love.

Revelation 3:15,16 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I would you …

serving.

1 Corinthians 7:22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's …

Ephesians 6:5-8 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to …

Colossians 3:22-24 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; …

Colossians 4:1 Masters, give to your servants that which is just and equal; knowing …

Titus 2:9,10 Exhort servants to be obedient to their own masters, and to please …

Hebrews 12:28 Why we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, …

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