Romans 12:7
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New International Version
if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;

New Living Translation
If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well.

English Standard Version
if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching;

Berean Study Bible
if it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach;

Berean Literal Bible
or service, in the service; or teaching, in the teaching;

New American Standard Bible
if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching;

King James Bible
Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
if service, in service; if teaching, in teaching;

International Standard Version
If your gift is serving, devote yourself to serving others. If it is teaching, devote yourself to teaching others.

NET Bible
If it is service, he must serve; if it is teaching, he must teach;

New Heart English Bible
or service, let us give ourselves to service; or he who teaches, to his teaching;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And one has ministry in his service, and one has that of a teacher in his instruction.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If your gift is serving, then devote yourself to serving. If it is teaching, devote yourself to teaching.

New American Standard 1977
if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching;

Jubilee Bible 2000
or ministry, in serving; or he that teaches, in doctrine;

King James 2000 Bible
Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teaches, on teaching;

American King James Version
Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teaches, on teaching;

American Standard Version
or ministry, let us give ourselves to our ministry; or he that teacheth, to his teaching;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Or ministry, in ministering; or he that teacheth, in doctrine;

Darby Bible Translation
or service, [let us occupy ourselves] in service; or he that teaches, in teaching;

English Revised Version
or ministry, let us give ourselves to our ministry; or he that teacheth, to his teaching;

Webster's Bible Translation
Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching:

Weymouth New Testament
if it is the gift of administration, let the administrator exercise a sound judgement in his duties.

World English Bible
or service, let us give ourselves to service; or he who teaches, to his teaching;

Young's Literal Translation
or ministration -- 'In the ministration!' or he who is teaching -- 'In the teaching!'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
12:3-8 Pride is a sin in us by nature; we need to be cautioned and armed against it. All the saints make up one body in Christ, who is the Head of the body, and the common Centre of their unity. In the spiritual body, some are fitted for and called to one sort of work; others for another sort of work. We are to do all the good we can, one to another, and for the common benefit. If we duly thought about the powers we have, and how far we fail properly to improve them, it would humble us. But as we must not be proud of our talents, so we must take heed lest, under a pretence of humility and self-denial, we are slothful in laying out ourselves for the good of others. We must not say, I am nothing, therefore I will sit still, and do nothing; but, I am nothing in myself, and therefore I will lay out myself to the utmost, in the strength of the grace of Christ. Whatever our gifts or situations may be, let us try to employ ourselves humbly, diligently, cheerfully, and in simplicity; not seeking our own credit or profit, but the good of many, for this world and that which is to come.
Study Bible
Living Sacrifices
6We have different gifts according to the grace given us. If someone’s gift is prophecy, let him use it in proportion to his faith; 7if it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is giving, let him give generously; if it is leading, let him lead with diligence; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.…
Cross References
Acts 6:1
In those days when the disciples were increasing in number, the Grecian Jews began to grumble against the Hebraic Jews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.

Acts 13:1
In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (a childhood companion of Herod the tetrarch), and Saul.

1 Corinthians 12:5
There are different ministries, but the same Lord.

1 Corinthians 12:28
And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, and those with gifts of healing, helping, administration, and various tongues.

1 Corinthians 14:26
What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a psalm or a teaching, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. All of these must be done to build up the church.
Treasury of Scripture

Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teaches, on teaching;

ministry.

Isaiah 21:8 And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually on the watchtower …

Ezekiel 3:17-21 Son of man, I have made you a watchman to the house of Israel: therefore …

Ezekiel 33:7-9 So you, O son of man, I have set you a watchman to the house of Israel; …

Matthew 24:45-47 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord has made ruler …

Luke 12:42-44 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom …

Acts 20:20,28 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable to you, but have …

Colossians 4:17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which you have received …

1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed to yourself, and to the doctrine; continue in them: for …

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, …

1 Peter 5:1-4 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and …

or he.

Deuteronomy 33:10 They shall teach Jacob your judgments, and Israel your law: they …

1 Samuel 12:23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD …

Psalm 34:11 Come, you children, listen to me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

Psalm 51:13 Then will I teach transgressors your ways; and sinners shall be converted …

Ecclesiastes 12:9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the …

Matthew 28:19 Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name …

John 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said to him, Rabbi, we know …

Acts 13:1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets …

Galatians 6:6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate to him that teaches …

Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; …

Colossians 1:28,29 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all …

1 Timothy 2:7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the …

1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, …

1 Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, …

2 Timothy 2:2,24 And the things that you have heard of me among many witnesses, the …

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