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.

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.

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,
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Matthew Henry's Concise 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?

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 18-20. - For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly (cf. Philippians 3:18, 19). Had St. Paul thought these people sincere though mistaken, he would doubtless have treated them with the tenderness he shows towards the weak brethren. But he regards them as self-interested, and of the flesh; and against such disturbers of the Church's peace he is, here as elsewhere, indignant (el. Galatians 1:7, 8; Galatians 2:4; Galatians 3:1; Galatians 5:11, 12). In speaking of them as serving, or being slaves to, their own belly, it cannot be concluded certainly that he attributed to them habits of sensuality. He may only mean that it is the gratification of the lower part of their nature that they have in view; and there may be allusion to the motive of such persons being the desire of eating and drinking at the cost of the Churches. In 'The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles' (alluded to under Romans 12:6, seq.) the desire to live without working at the cost of the Church is set down as one of the marks of a false apostle or a false prophet. And by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple (rather, innocent, or harmless. So the word ἄκακος is translated in Hebrews 7:26. It is different from ἀκέραιος in ver. 19, though the Authorized Version makes no difference). For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. This is apparently adduced as a reason for his exhorting them to beware of those seducers, with a confidence that they will not be seduced by them, ver. 19 being thus dependent on ver. 17. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, but simple (ἀκεραίους) concerning evil. And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ,.... They do not preach him, but themselves; they do not seek the things of Christ, his honour and glory, the spread of his Gospel, and the enlargement of his kingdom and interest; they seek their own things, worldly honour and applause, riches, wealth, and grandeur; they seek to please men, and so are not the servants of Christ: they introduced the observance of meats and drinks in to the kingdom of Christ, which it do not consist of, and neglected the doctrines of righteousness and peace, from whence springs joy in the Holy Ghost, and so in these spiritual things did not serve Christ; and therefore, as they were not acceptable to God, were not to be approved of by Christian men, but to be marked and avoided:

but their own belly; which they made a god of, and devoted themselves to the service of all their views were to gratify and indulge their sensual appetite. The false teachers among the Jews were particularly addicted to this vice: hence the apostle sometimes calls them dogs, Philippians 3:2, on account of their voraciousness, and who, in Isaiah's time, were greedy ones that could never have enough, Isaiah 56:11; and in our Lord's time devoured widows' houses, under a pretence of long prayers for them, Matthew 23:14; and were like the Cretians, evil beasts, and slow bellies, Titus 1:12, unwilling to labour, and lived upon the spoil of others:

and by good words, and fair speeches, deceive the hearts of the simple: they were deceivers; they lay in wait to deceive, made use of the hidden things of dishonesty, walked in craftiness, and handled the word of God deceitfully; and therefore to be marked and avoided: they deceived "the simple", harmless, and innocent, that think no evil, nor are aware of any; who have little understanding of things; persons of weak minds, easy to be imposed upon; very credulous, ready to believe every word, so the simple man does, as Solomon says, Proverbs 14:15; and such false teachers choose to tamper with, and make their attacks upon, being able to gain upon them the most easily, as their father the devil, the old serpent, did, when he first assailed human nature: the "hearts" of these they deceive; they work upon their affections, blind their understandings, impose on their judgments, and corrupt their minds from the simplicity that is in Christ: and this they do "by good words and fair speeches"; either by making use of the words of Scripture, and a show of arguments taken from thence; so Satan cited Scripture in his dispute with our Lord; and so heretics, in all ages, have pretended toil in favour of their principles, by which means they have gained on many to follow their pernicious ways; or by using words and phrases that faithful ministers of Christ use, such as the grace of God, the righteousness of Christ, the Spirit of Christ, but in a different sense; as some among us now frequently make mention of them, when they mean no more by them than the light of nature within them, and the dictates of a natural conscience; or by an elegant style, a set of fine words, a flow of rhetorical expressions, great swelling words of vanity, which such men generally affect, and so work themselves into the admiration of the common people; or by doctrines suited to the carnal minds and reasonings of men, which tickle human nature, and swell it with pride and vanity; as by preaching up the purity and power of it, asserting man's free will, and the strength of it to that which is good; the capacity of man to keep the law, and perform good works; justification by them before God, and acceptance with him, on account of them; atonement for sins committed, by repentance and reformation; that God does not regard trifling things, some sins are venial, and easily passed over; that concupiscence is no sin; God does not rigorously exact duty, he takes the will for the deed, and is merciful unto all, and if but sincere, there is no doubt of heaven; and such men, generally speaking, instead of correcting vice, and reproving men for their sins, connive at them, indulge them in them, soothe and flatter, commend and defend them, whereby they attach them to their persons and interest.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ—"our Lord Christ" appears to be the true reading.

but their own belly—not in the grosset sense, but as "living for low ends of their own" (compare Php 3:19).

and by good words and fair speeches deceive the simple—the unwary, the unsuspecting. (See Pr 14:15).

Romans 16:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
Avoid Divisions
17Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. 18For 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. 19For the report of your obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 15:6
Absalom behaved in this way toward all the Israelites who came to the king asking for justice, and so he stole the hearts of the people of Israel.

Psalm 12:2
Everyone lies to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor deception in their hearts.

Isaiah 30:10
They say to the seers, "See no more visions!" and to the prophets, "Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions.

Daniel 11:34
When they fall, they will receive a little help, and many who are not sincere will join them.

Romans 14:18
because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.

Philippians 3:19
Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.

Colossians 2:4
I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.

2 Peter 2:3
In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
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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