Romans 16:18
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New International Version
For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.

New Living Translation
Such people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own personal interests. By smooth talk and glowing words they deceive innocent people.

English Standard Version
For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.

Berean Study Bible
For such as these are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.

Berean Literal Bible
For such do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own belly; and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.

New American Standard Bible
For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.

King James Bible
For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for such people do not serve our Lord Christ but their own appetites. They deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting with smooth talk and flattering words.

International Standard Version
because such people are not serving the Messiah our Lord, but their own desires. By their smooth talk and flattering words they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.

NET Bible
For these are the kind who do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By their smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of the naive.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For those who are such are not serving our Lord Yeshua The Messiah, but their own belly, and with sweet words and with blessings they deceive the hearts of the pure.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
People like these are not serving Christ our Lord. They are serving their own desires. By their smooth talk and flattering words they deceive unsuspecting people.

New American Standard 1977
For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For they that are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly and by smooth words and blessings deceive the hearts of the simple.

King James 2000 Bible
For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the innocent.

American King James Version
For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

American Standard Version
For they that are such serve not our Lord Christ, but their own belly; and by their smooth and fair speech they beguile the hearts of the innocent.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For they that are such, serve not Christ our Lord, but their own belly; and by pleasing speeches and good words, seduce the hearts of the innocent.

Darby Bible Translation
For such serve not our Lord Christ, but their own belly, and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.

English Revised Version
For they that are such serve not our Lord Christ, but their own belly; and by their smooth and fair speech they beguile the hearts of the innocent.

Webster's Bible Translation
For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

Weymouth New Testament
For men of that stamp are not bondservants of Christ our Lord, but are slaves to their own appetites; and by their plausible words and their flattery they utterly deceive the minds of the simple.

World English Bible
For those who are such don't serve our Lord, Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by their smooth and flattering speech, they deceive the hearts of the innocent.

Young's Literal Translation
for such our Lord Jesus Christ do not serve, but their own belly; and through the good word and fair speech they deceive the hearts of the harmless,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
16:17-20 How earnest, how endearing are these exhortations! Whatever differs from the sound doctrine of the Scriptures, opens a door to divisions and offences. If truth be forsaken, unity and peace will not last long. Many call Christ, Master and Lord, who are far from serving him. But they serve their carnal, sensual, worldly interests. They corrupt the head by deceiving the heart; perverting the judgments by winding themselves into the affections. We have great need to keep our hearts with all diligence. It has been the common policy of seducers to set upon those who are softened by convictions. A pliable temper is good when under good guidance, otherwise it may be easily led astray. Be so wise as not to be deceived, yet so simple as not to be deceivers. The blessing the apostle expects from God, is victory over Satan. This includes all designs and devices of Satan against souls, to defile, disturb, and destroy them; all his attempts to keep us from the peace of heaven here, and the possession of heaven hereafter. When Satan seems to prevail, and we are ready to give up all as lost, then will the God of peace interpose in our behalf. Hold out therefore, faith and patience, yet a little while. If the grace of Christ be with us, who can prevail against us?
Study Bible
Avoid Divisions
17Now I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and obstacles that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Turn away from them. 18For such as these are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. 19Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice over you. But I want you to be wise about what is good and innocent about what is evil.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 15:6
In this manner Absalom dealt with all Israel who came to the king for judgment; so Absalom stole away the hearts of the men of Israel.

Psalm 12:2
They speak falsehood to one another; With flattering lips and with a double heart they speak.

Isaiah 30:10
Who say to the seers, "You must not see visions"; And to the prophets, "You must not prophesy to us what is right, Speak to us pleasant words, Prophesy illusions.

Daniel 11:34
"Now when they fall they will be granted a little help, and many will join with them in hypocrisy.

Romans 14:18
For whoever serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.

Philippians 3:19
Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and their glory is in their shame. Their minds are set on earthly things.

Colossians 2:4
I say this so that no one will deceive you by smooth rhetoric.

2 Peter 2:3
In their greed, these false teachers will exploit you with tales they have concocted. The longstanding verdict against them remains in force, and their destruction does not sleep.
Treasury of Scripture

For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

serve.

Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and …

John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall …

Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for …

Philippians 2:21 For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.

Colossians 3:24 Knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance: …

James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve …

Jude 1:1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them …

Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him, to show to …

but.

1 Samuel 2:12-17,29 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD…

Isaiah 56:10-12 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb …

Ezekiel 13:19 And will you pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and …

Hosea 4:8-11 They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity…

Micah 3:5 Thus said the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, …

Malachi 1:10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nothing? …

Matthew 24:48-51 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delays …

Philippians 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory …

1 Timothy 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the …

2 Peter 2:10-15 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, …

Jude 1:12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, …

by.

2 Chronicles 18:5,12-17 Therefore the king of Israel gathered together of prophets four hundred …

Isaiah 30:10,11 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not …

Jeremiah 8:10,11 Therefore will I give their wives to others, and their fields to …

Jeremiah 23:17 They say still to them that despise me, The LORD has said, You shall …

Jeremiah 28:1-9,15-17 And it came to pass the same year, in the beginning of the reign …

Ezekiel 13:16 To wit, the prophets of Israel which prophesy concerning Jerusalem, …

Micah 3:5 Thus said the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, …

Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, …

Matthew 24:11,24 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many…

2 Corinthians 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of …

2 Corinthians 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in …

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves …

Colossians 2:4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.

2 Thessalonians 2:10 And with all delusion of unrighteousness in them that perish; because …

1 Timothy 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the …

2 Timothy 2:16-18 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase to more …

2 Timothy 3:2-6 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, …

Titus 1:10-12 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially …

2 Peter 2:3,18-20 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise …

1 John 4:1-3 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they …

Jude 1:16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; …

the simple.

Romans 16:19 For your obedience is come abroad to all men. I am glad therefore …

Psalm 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony …

Psalm 119:130 The entrance of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.

Proverbs 8:5 O you simple, understand wisdom: and, you fools, be you of an understanding …

Proverbs 14:15 The simple believes every word: but the prudent man looks well to his going.

Proverbs 22:3 A prudent man foresees the evil, and hides himself: but the simple …

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

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