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.

New Living Translation
Live in harmony with each other. Don't be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don't think you know it all!

English Standard Version
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.

New American Standard Bible
Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.

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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Be in agreement with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation.

International Standard Version
Live in harmony with each other. Do not be arrogant, but associate with humble people. Do not think that you are wiser than you really are.

NET Bible
Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly. Do not be conceited.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And whatever you esteem about yourselves do also about your brethren. Do not esteem high opinions, but go out to those who are humble, and do not be wise in your opinions of yourselves.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Live in harmony with each other. Don't be arrogant, but be friendly to humble people. Don't think that you are smarter than you really are.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Be unanimous among yourselves, not high minded, but accommodating the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

King James 2000 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.

American King James Version
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.

American Standard Version
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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Being of one mind one towards another. Not minding high things, but consenting to the humble. 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:

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
Be of the same mind one towards another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

Weymouth New Testament
Have full sympathy with one another. Do not give your mind to high things, but let humble ways content you. Do not be wise in your own conceits.

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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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

Be of the same mind one towards another,.... Which is not to be understood of the sameness of their judgment, or of their agreement in sentiments, espousing the same doctrines, observing the same ordinances, and in the same manner, and attending to the same form of discipline; but of their having the same love, and being of the same accord and affection to one another, entertaining the same good opinion, or a better, of others than of themselves; and so the Syriac version renders the passage, "what ye think of yourselves, think also of your brethren": think of one another, as equally interested in the love of God, redeemed by the blood of Christ, blessed with the same spiritual blessings in him, and called in the same hope of your calling; and do not think of one another, as being one richer or wiser than another, do not value yourselves upon that:

mind not high things; be not highminded, do not think too highly of yourselves, and despise others; meddle not with, nor grasp at things too high for you, that are out of your reach, and beyond your capacity; nor seek great things for yourselves, as riches, honours, &c. nor covet great company:

but condescend to men of low estate; or "to low things"; be content with mean and low things in life, and disdain not to take notice of and converse with, men in a low condition, whether in things temporal or spiritual; who may be poor in this world, be very ignorant and illiterate, as to general knowledge and learning; be men of mean parts and abilities, of very small gifts, and be weak in faith and experience; condescend to their weaknesses, bear their infirmities, and become all things to them for their good, and God's glory: consider the apostle is writing to citizens of Rome, who might be tempted to look upon themselves above others, and to look disdainfully upon others, as citizens too often do on country people, as if they were below them, as persons of low life to them:

be not wise in your own conceits; see Proverbs 3:7. This is attended with bad consequences, spoils a man's usefulness, prevents his improvement in knowledge, tempts him to reject all counsel and advice given him, and to treat his fellow creatures and Christians with haughtiness and insolence, and exposes him to the scorn and contempt of men: or "be not wise by or with yourselves"; imagining you have all the wisdom, and others have none; or keeping it to yourselves, what wisdom you have communicate it to others; the Ethiopic version reads, "say not, we are wise"; see Job 12:2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. Be—"Being"

of the same mind one toward another—The feeling of the common bond which binds all Christians to each other, whatever diversity of station, cultivation, temperament, or gifts may obtain among them, is the thing here enjoined. This is next taken up in detail.

Mind not—"not minding"

high things—that is, Cherish not ambitious or aspiring purposes and desires. As this springs from selfish severance of our own interests and objects from those of our brethren, so it is quite incompatible with the spirit inculcated in the preceding clause.

but condescend—"condescending"

to men of low estate—or (as some render the words), "inclining unto the things that be lowly." But we prefer the former.

Be not wise in your own conceits—This is just the application of the caution against high-mindedness to the estimate we form of our own mental character.

Romans 12:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Forgiveness
15Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men.…
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,

Romans 12:3
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.

Romans 15:5
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had,

1 Corinthians 1:10
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.

2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

Philippians 2:2
then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.

Philippians 4:2
I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.

1 Peter 3:8
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.
Treasury of Scripture

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.

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Romans 15:5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like minded …

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 …

Jeremiah 32:39 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me …

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, …

Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becomes the gospel of Christ: …

Philippians 2:2,3 Fulfill you my joy, that you be like minded, having the same love, …

Philippians 3:16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the …

Philippians 4:2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same …

1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be you all of one mind, having compassion one of another, …

Mind.

Psalm 131:1,2 Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty: neither do I exercise …

Jeremiah 45:5 And seek you great things for yourself? seek them not: for, behold, …

Matthew 18:1-4 At the same time came the disciples to Jesus, saying, Who is the …

Matthew 20:21-28 And he said to her, What will you? She said to him, Grant that these …

Luke 4:6-11 And the devil said to him, All this power will I give you, and the …

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

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 …

Revelation 13:7,8 And it was given to him to make war with the saints, and to overcome …

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, …

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

Proverbs 17:5 Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker: and he that is glad …

Proverbs 19:7,17,22 All the brothers of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends …

Matthew 6:25,26 Therefore I say to you, Take no thought for your life, what you shall …

Matthew 11:5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are …

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 …

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 …

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 …

James 2:5,6 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this …

Be not.

Romans 11:25 For I would not, brothers, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, …

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 …

1 Corinthians 4:10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ; we are …

1 Corinthians 6:5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among …

1 Corinthians 8:2 And if any man think that he knows any thing, he knows nothing yet …

James 3:13-17 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show …

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