Romans 12:8
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New International Version
if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

New Living Translation
If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

English Standard Version
the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Berean Study Bible
if 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.

Berean Literal Bible
or exhorting, in the exhortation; giving, in generosity; leading, in diligence; showing mercy, in cheerfulness.

New American Standard Bible
or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

King James Bible
Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
if exhorting, in exhortation; giving, with generosity; leading, with diligence; showing mercy, with cheerfulness.

International Standard Version
If it is encouraging, devote yourself to encouraging others. If it is sharing, share generously. If it is leading, lead enthusiastically. If it is helping, help cheerfully.

NET Bible
if it is exhortation, he must exhort; if it is contributing, he must do so with sincerity; if it is leadership, he must do so with diligence; if it is showing mercy, he must do so with cheerfulness.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
One has that of a comforter, which is in his comforting, and a giver in generosity, and a top leader with diligence, and that of caregiver with cheerfulness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If it is encouraging others, devote yourself to giving encouragement. If it is sharing, be generous. If it is leadership, lead enthusiastically. If it is helping people in need, help them cheerfully.

New American Standard 1977
or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
he that exhorts, in exhortation; he that gives, let him do it in simplicity; he that presides, in earnest care; he that shows mercy, in cheerfulness.

King James 2000 Bible
Or he that exhorts, on exhortation: he that gives, let him do it in simplicity; he that rules, with diligence; he that shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

American King James Version
Or he that exhorts, on exhortation: he that gives, let him do it with simplicity; he that rules, with diligence; he that shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

American Standard Version
or he that exhorteth, to his exhorting: he that giveth, let him do it with liberality; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that exhorteth, in exhorting; he that giveth, with simplicity; he that ruleth, with carefulness; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Darby Bible Translation
or he that exhorts, in exhortation; he that gives, in simplicity; he that leads, with diligence; he that shews mercy, with cheerfulness.

English Revised Version
or he that exhorteth, to his exhorting: he that giveth, let him do it with liberality; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Webster's Bible Translation
Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Weymouth New Testament
The teacher must do the same in his teaching; and he who exhorts others, in his exhortation. He who gives should be liberal; he who is in authority should be energetic and alert; and he who succours the afflicted should do it cheerfully.

World English Bible
or he who exhorts, to his exhorting: he who gives, let him do it with liberality; he who rules, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Young's Literal Translation
or he who is exhorting -- 'In the exhortation!' he who is sharing -- 'In simplicity!' he who is leading -- 'In diligence?' he who is doing kindness -- 'In cheerfulness.'
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
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. 9Love must be sincere. Detest what is evil; cling to what is good.…
Cross References
Acts 4:36
Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (meaning Son of Encouragement),

Acts 11:23
When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to abide in the Lord with all their hearts.

Acts 13:15
After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the synagogue leaders sent word to them: "Brothers, if you have a word of encouragement for the people, please speak."

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.

2 Corinthians 8:2
In the terrible ordeal they suffered, their abundant joy and deep poverty overflowed into rich generosity.

2 Corinthians 9:7
Each one should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not out of regret or compulsion. For God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:11
You will be enriched in every way to be generous on every occasion, and your giving through us will produce thanksgiving to God.

2 Corinthians 9:13
Because of the proof this ministry provides, the saints will glorify God for your obedient confession of the gospel of Christ, and for the generosity of your contribution to them and to all the others.

1 Timothy 5:17
Elders who lead effectively are worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.

1 Timothy 6:18
Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, and to be generous and ready to share,
Treasury of Scripture

Or he that exhorts, on exhortation: he that gives, let him do it with simplicity; he that rules, with diligence; he that shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

exhorteth.

Acts 13:15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the …

Acts 15:32 And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the …

Acts 20:2 And when he had gone over those parts, and had given them much exhortation, …

1 Corinthians 14:3 But he that prophesies speaks to men to edification, and exhortation, …

1 Thessalonians 2:3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:

1 Timothy 4:13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner …

Hebrews 13:22 And I beseech you, brothers, suffer the word of exhortation: for …

giveth. or, imparteth.

Romans 12:13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

Deuteronomy 15:8-11,14 But you shall open your hand wide to him, and shall surely lend him …

Job 31:16-20 If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the …

Psalm 112:9 He has dispersed, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures …

Proverbs 22:9 He that has a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he gives of his …

Ecclesiastes 11:1,2,6 Cast your bread on the waters: for you shall find it after many days…

Isaiah 32:5,8 The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said …

Isaiah 58:7-11 Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the …

Matthew 6:2-4 Therefore when you do your alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, …

Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch …

Luke 21:1-4 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury…

Acts 2:44-46 And all that believed were together, and had all things common…

Acts 4:33-35 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection …

Acts 11:28-30 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the …

2 Corinthians 8:1-9,12 Moreover, brothers, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed …

1 Thessalonians 2:8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have …

1 Peter 4:9-11 Use hospitality one to another without grudging…

with simplicity. or, liberally.

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that …

2 Corinthians 8:2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy …

2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through …

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

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

ruleth.

Romans 13:6 For for this cause pay you tribute also: for they are God's ministers, …

Genesis 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household …

Psalm 101:1-8 I will sing of mercy and judgment: to you, O LORD, will I sing…

Acts 13:12 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished …

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock, over the …

1 Corinthians 12:28 And God has set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, …

1 Thessalonians 5:12-14 And we beseech you, brothers, to know them which labor among you, …

1 Timothy 3:4,5 One that rules well his own house, having his children in subjection …

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

Hebrews 13:7,17,24 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken to you …

1 Peter 5:2,3 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, …

with diligence.

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

shewth.

Deuteronomy 16:11,14,15 And you shall rejoice before the LORD your God, you, and your son, …

Psalm 37:21 The wicked borrows, and pays not again: but the righteous shows mercy, …

Isaiah 64:5 You meet him that rejoices and works righteousness, those that remember …

2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; …

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