Romans 12:21
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New International Version
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

New Living Translation
Don't let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.

English Standard Version
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Berean Study Bible
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Berean Literal Bible
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

New American Standard Bible
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

King James Bible
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.

International Standard Version
Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.

NET Bible
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

New Heart English Bible
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil by good.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't let evil conquer you, but conquer evil with good.

New American Standard 1977
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

King James 2000 Bible
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

American King James Version
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

American Standard Version
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil by good.

Darby Bible Translation
Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

English Revised Version
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Webster's Bible Translation
Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Weymouth New Testament
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome the evil with goodness.

World English Bible
Don't be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Young's Literal Translation
Be not overcome by the evil, but overcome, in the good, the evil.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
12:17-21 Since men became enemies to God, they have been very ready to be enemies one to another. And those that embrace religion, must expect to meet with enemies in a world whose smiles seldom agree with Christ's. Recompense to no man evil for evil. That is a brutish recompence, befitting only animals, which are not conscious of any being above them, or of any existence hereafter. And not only do, but study and take care to do, that which is amiable and creditable, and recommends religion to all with whom you converse. Study the things that make for peace; if it be possible, without offending God and wounding conscience. Avenge not yourselves. This is a hard lesson to corrupt nature, therefore a remedy against it is added. Give place unto wrath. When a man's passion is up, and the stream is strong, let it pass off; lest it be made to rage the more against us. The line of our duty is clearly marked out, and if our enemies are not melted by persevering kindness, we are not to seek vengeance; they will be consumed by the fiery wrath of that God to whom vengeance belongeth. The last verse suggests what is not easily understood by the world; that in all strife and contention, those that revenge are conquered, and those that forgive are conquerors. Be not overcome of evil. Learn to defeat ill designs against you, either to change them, or to preserve your own peace. He that has this rule over his spirit, is better than the mighty. God's children may be asked whether it is not more sweet unto them than all earthly good, that God so enables them by his Spirit, thus to feel and act.
Study Bible
Forgiveness
20On the contrary, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink. For in so doing, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Cross References
Romans 12:20
On the contrary, "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink. For in so doing, you will heap burning coals on his head."

Romans 13:1
Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which is from God. The authorities that exist have been appointed by God.
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