Romans 12:14
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New International Version
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

New Living Translation
Bless those who persecute you. Don't curse them; pray that God will bless them.

English Standard Version
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.

New American Standard Bible
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

King James Bible
Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

International Standard Version
Bless those who persecute you. Keep on blessing them, and never curse them.

NET Bible
Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Bless your persecutors; bless and do not curse.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Bless those who persecute you. Bless them, and don't curse them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Bless those who persecute you: bless, and do not curse.

King James 2000 Bible
Bless them who persecute you: bless, and curse not.

American King James Version
Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

American Standard Version
Bless them that persecute you; bless, and curse not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Bless them that persecute you: bless, and curse not.

Darby Bible Translation
Bless them that persecute you; bless, and curse not.

English Revised Version
Bless them that persecute you; bless, and curse not.

Webster's Bible Translation
Bless them who persecute you; bless, and curse not.

Weymouth New Testament
Invoke blessings on your persecutors--blessings, not curses.

World English Bible
Bless those who persecute you; bless, and don't curse.

Young's Literal Translation
Bless those persecuting you; bless, and curse not;
Parallel Commentaries
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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Bless them which persecute you,.... It is the lot of God's, people in this world to be persecuted by the men of it, in some shape or another, either by words or deeds; either by reviling and reproaching them, and speaking all manner of evil of them; or by hindering them the free exercise of religious worship, by confiscation of their goods, imprisonment of their persons, by violently torturing their bodies, and taking away their lives; under all which circumstances they are taught to

bless them; that is, to pray for them, that God would show them their evil, give repentance to them, and the remission of their sins; which is the order Christ gave to his disciples, Matthew 5:44; and encouraged to an observance of, by his own example, Luke 23:34; and has been followed herein by his disciples and apostles, Acts 7:60 1 Corinthians 4:12. Moreover, by "blessing" may be meant, giving them good words, mild and soft answers, "not rendering evil for evil, railing for railing", 1 Peter 3:9; but, on the contrary, blessing, in imitation of Christ, who, "when he was reviled, reviled not again", 1 Peter 2:23, "bless",

and curse not: to have a mouth full of cursing and bitterness, Romans 3:14, is the character of an unregenerate man, and what by no means suits one who names the name of Christ; for blessing and cursing to proceed out of the same mouth, is as absurd and unnatural, as if it should be supposed that a fountain should send forth sweet water and bitter, or salt and fresh, James 3:10. The imprecations upon wicked men, used by David and other good men, are no contradictions to this rule; since they were made under the inspiration of the Spirit of God, and were predictions of God's vengeance, which in righteous judgment should fall on them, and are not to be drawn into an example by us.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. Bless—that is, Call down by prayer a blessing on.

them which persecute you, &c.—This is taken from the Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5:44), which, from the allusions made to it, seems to have been the storehouse of Christian morality among the churches.

Romans 12:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
Forgiveness
14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:44
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Luke 6:28
bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

1 Corinthians 4:12
We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;

1 Peter 3:9
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
Treasury of Scripture

Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Job 31:29,30 If I rejoice at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up …

Matthew 5:44 But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do …

Luke 6:28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which spitefully use you.

Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they …

Acts 7:60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this …

1 Corinthians 4:12,13 And labor, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being …

1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that none render evil for evil to any man; but ever follow that …

James 3:10 Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brothers, …

1 Peter 2:21-23 For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for …

1 Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise …

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