Romans 13:8
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New International Version
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.

New Living Translation
Owe nothing to anyone--except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God's law.

English Standard Version
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.

Berean Study Bible
Be indebted to no one, except to one another in love, for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the Law.

Berean Literal Bible
Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another; for the one loving the other has fulfilled the Law.

New American Standard Bible
Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.

King James Bible
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.

International Standard Version
Do not owe anyone anything—except to love one another. For the one who loves another has fulfilled the Law.

NET Bible
Owe no one anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.

New Heart English Bible
Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Owe no person anything but to love one another, for whoever loves his neighbor fulfills The Written Law.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Pay your debts as they come due. However, one debt you can never finish paying is the debt of love that you owe each other. The one who loves another person has fulfilled Moses' Teachings.

New American Standard 1977
Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Owe no one anything, but love one unto another; for he that loves his neighbour has fulfilled the law.

King James 2000 Bible
Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loves another has fulfilled the law.

American King James Version
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loves another has fulfilled the law.

American Standard Version
Owe no man anything, save to love one another: for he that loveth his neighbor hath fulfilled the law.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another. For he that loveth his neighbour, hath fulfilled the law.

Darby Bible Translation
Owe no one anything, unless to love one another: for he that loves another has fulfilled the law.

English Revised Version
Owe no man anything, save to love one another: for he that loveth his neighbour hath fulfilled the law.

Webster's Bible Translation
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

Weymouth New Testament
Owe nothing to any one except mutual love; for he who loves his fellow man has satisfied the demands of Law.

World English Bible
Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.

Young's Literal Translation
To no one owe anything, except to love one another; for he who is loving the other -- law he hath fulfilled,
Study Bible
Love Fulfills the Law
7Pay everyone what you owe him: taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due. 8Be indebted to no one, except to one another in love, for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the Law. 9The commandments “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and any other commandments, are summed up in this one decree: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”…
Cross References
Matthew 7:12
In everything, then, do to others as you would have them do to you. For this is the essence of the Law and the prophets.

Matthew 22:39
And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'

John 13:34
A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another.

Romans 13:10
Love does no wrong to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the Law.

Galatians 5:14
The entire Law is fulfilled in a single decree: "Love your neighbor as yourself."

James 2:8
If you really keep the royal law stated in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing well.

1 John 3:10
By this the children of God and the children of the devil can be distinguished: Anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is anyone who does not love his brother.
Treasury of Scripture

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loves another has fulfilled the law.

Owe.

Romans 13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; …

Deuteronomy 24:14,15 You shall not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy, whether …

Proverbs 3:27,28 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the …

Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatever you would that men should do to you, …

Matthew 22:39,40 And the second is like to it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself…

for.

Romans 13:10 Love works no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Galatians 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; You shall …

Colossians 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfection.

1 Timothy 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and …

James 2:8 If you fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, You shall …

(8) Owe no man anything.--The word for "owe" in this verse corresponds to that for "dues" in the last. The transition of the thought is something of this kind. When you have paid all your other debts, taxes, and customs, and reverence, and whatever else you may owe, there will still be one debt unpaid--the universal debt of love. Love must still remain the root and spring of all your actions. No other law is needed besides.

Another.--Literally, the other--that is to say, his neighbour, the person with whom in any given instance he has to deal.

We naturally compare with this passage Matthew 22:39-40; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8. It shows how thoroughly the spirit of the Founder of Christianity descended upon His followers, that the same teaching should appear with equal prominence in such opposite quarters. The focusing, as it were, of all morality in this brief compass is one of the great gifts of Christianity to the world. No doubt similar sayings existed before, and that by our Lord Himself was quoted from the Old Testament, but there it was in effect overlaid with ceremonial rules and regulations, and in other moralists it was put forward rather as a philosophical theorem than as a practical basis of morals. In Christianity it is taken as the lever which is to move the world; nor is it possible to find for human life, amid all the intricate mazes of conduct, any other principle that should be at once as simple, as powerful, and as profound.

Verses 8-10. - From specific admonitions on this subject, the apostle passes naturally to the principle which, in these regards as well as others, should inspire all our dealings with our fellow-men. Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another (literally, the other, meaning the same as his neighbour) hath fulfilled law. Νόμον here is anarthrous, denoting law in general, not the Mosaic Law in particular, though the instances of transgression that follow are from the Decalogue. The idea of the passage is but a carrying out of our Lord's saying, Matthew 22:39, 40. We find it also in Galatians 5:14 more shortly expressed. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended (or, summed up) in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour; therefore love is the fulfilling of law. Owe no man anything,.... From the payment of dues to magistrates the apostle proceeds to a general exhortation to discharge all sorts of debts; as not to owe the civil magistrate any thing, but render to him his dues, so to owe nothing to any other man, but make good all obligations whatever, as of a civil, so of a natural kind. There are debts arising from the natural and civil relations subsisting among men, which should be discharged; as of the husband to the wife, the wife to the husband; parents to their children, children to their parents; masters to their servants, servants to their masters; one brother, friend, and neighbour, to another. Moreover, pecuniary debts may be here intended, such as are come into by borrowing, buying, commerce, and contracts; which though they cannot be avoided in carrying on worldly business, yet men ought to make conscience of paying them as soon as they are able: many an honest man may be in debt, and by one providence or another be disabled from payment, which is a grief of mind to him; but for men industriously to run into debt, and take no care to pay, but live upon the property and substance of others, is scandalous to them as men, and greatly unbecoming professors of religion, and brings great reproach upon the Gospel of Christ.

But to love one another. This is the only debt never to be wholly discharged; for though it should be always paying, yet ought always to be looked upon as owing. Saints ought to love one another as such; to this they are obliged by the new commandment of Christ, by the love of God, and Christ unto them, by the relations they stand in to one another, as the children of God, brethren, and members of the same body; and which is necessary to keep them and the churches of Christ together, it being the bond of perfectness by which they are knit to one another; and for their comfort and honour, as well as to show the truth and reality of their profession. This debt should be always paying; saints should be continually serving one another in love, praying for each other, bearing one another's burdens, forbearing each other, and doing all good offices in things temporal and spiritual that lie in their power, and yet always owing; the obligation to it always remains. Christ's commandment is a new one, always new, and will never be antiquated; his and his Father's love always continue, and the relations believers stand in to each other are ever the same; and therefore love will be always paying, and always owing in heaven to all eternity. But what the apostle seems chiefly to respect, is love to one another as men, love to one another, to the neighbour, as the following verses show. Love is a debt we owe to every man, as a man, being all made of one blood, and in the image of God; so that not only such as are of the same family, live in the same neighbourhood, and belong to the same nation, but even all the individuals of mankind, yea, our very enemies are to share in our love; and as we have an opportunity and ability, are to show it by doing them good.

For he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law; that is, not who loves some one particular person, but every other person besides himself, even his neighbour, in the largest sense of the word, including all mankind, and that as himself; such an one has fulfilled the law, the law of the decalogue; that part of it particularly which relates to the neighbour; the second table of the law, as the next verse shows: though since there is no true love of our neighbour without the love of God, nor no true love of God without the love of our neighbour; and since these two involve each other, and include the whole law, it may be understood of fulfilling every part of it, that is, of doing it; for fulfilling the law means doing it, or acting according to it; and so far as a man loves, so far he fulfils, that is, does it: but this is not, nor can it be done perfectly, which is evident, partly from the impotency of man, who is weak and without strength, yea, dead in sin, and unable to do any thing of himself; and partly from the extensiveness of the law, which reaches to the thoughts and desires of the heart, as well as to words and actions; as also from the imperfection of love, for neither love to God, nor love to one another, either as men or Christians, is perfect; and consequently the fulfilling of the law by it is not perfect: hence this passage yields nothing in favour of the doctrine of justification by works; since the best works are imperfect, even those that spring from love, for love itself is imperfect; and are not done as they are, in a man's own strength, and without the Spirit and grace of God. Christ only has fulfilled the law perfectly, both as to parts and degrees; and to him only should we look for a justifying righteousness. 8. Owe no man anything, but to love one another—"Acquit yourselves of all obligations except love, which is a debt that must remain ever due" [Hodge].

for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law—for the law itself is but love in manifold action, regarded as matter of duty.13:8-10 Christians must avoid useless expense, and be careful not to contract any debts they have not the power to discharge. They are also to stand aloof from all venturesome speculations and rash engagements, and whatever may expose them to the danger of not rendering to all their due. Do not keep in any one's debt. Give every one his own. Do not spend that on yourselves, which you owe to others. But many who are very sensible of the trouble, think little of the sin, of being in debt. Love to others includes all the duties of the second table. The last five of the ten commandments are all summed up in this royal law, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself; with the same sincerity that thou lovest thyself, though not in the same measure and degree. He that loves his neighbour as himself, will desire the welfare of his neighbour. On this is built that golden rule, of doing as we would be done by. Love is a living, active principle of obedience to the whole law. Let us not only avoid injuries to the persons, connexions, property, and characters of men; but do no kind or degree of evil to any man, and study to be useful in every station of life.
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