Romans 16:19
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New International Version
Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.

New Living Translation
But everyone knows that you are obedient to the Lord. This makes me very happy. I want you to be wise in doing right and to stay innocent of any wrong.

English Standard Version
For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil.

New American Standard Bible
For 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.

King James Bible
For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The report of your obedience has reached everyone. Therefore I rejoice over you. But I want you to be wise about what is good, yet innocent about what is evil.

International Standard Version
For your obedience has become known to everyone, and I am full of joy for you. But I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.

NET Bible
Your obedience is known to all and thus I rejoice over you. But I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But your obedience has been made known to everyone. I rejoice therefore in you and desire that you would be wise to what is good and innocent to what is evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Everyone has heard about your obedience and this makes me happy for you. I want you to do what is good and to avoid what is evil.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For your obedience is come abroad unto all places. I am glad therefore on your behalf, but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good and innocent concerning evil.

King James 2000 Bible
For your obedience is well known unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and innocent concerning evil.

American King James Version
For your obedience is come abroad to all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise to that which is good, and simple concerning evil.

American Standard Version
For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I rejoice therefore over you: but I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple unto that which is evil.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For your obedience is published in every place. I rejoice therefore in you. But I would have you to be wise in good, and simple in evil.

Darby Bible Translation
For your obedience has reached to all. I rejoice therefore as it regards you; but I wish you to be wise [as] to that which is good, and simple [as] to evil.

English Revised Version
For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I rejoice therefore over you: but I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple unto that which is evil.

Webster's Bible Translation
For your obedience is come abroad to all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise to that which is good, and simple concerning evil.

Weymouth New Testament
Your fidelity to the truth is everywhere known. I rejoice over you, therefore, but I wish you to be wise as to what is good, and simple-minded as to what is evil.

World English Bible
For your obedience has become known to all. I rejoice therefore over you. But I desire to have you wise in that which is good, but innocent in that which is evil.

Young's Literal Translation
for your obedience did reach to all; I rejoice, therefore, as regards you, and I wish you to be wise, indeed, as to the good, and harmless as to the evil;
Parallel Commentaries
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?

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For your obedience is come abroad unto all men,.... That is, as the Arabic and Ethiopic versions render it, "the fame" and report of their obedience to the faith, to the doctrine of the Gospel, and the ministers of it, was spread everywhere, was well known to everyone, and spoken of with commendeth among all the churches in all nations: and this the apostle mentions as another reason why they should beware of false teachers, since it would be greatly to their reproach, should they, after all this, drop that form of doctrine which they had obeyed, desert the faithful ministers of the word, and follow these false teachers; should this be the case, they would be as notorious for their disobedience, as now for their obedience: and moreover, the apostle might hereby suggest, that whereas it was everywhere known how readily and at once they embraced the Gospel of Christ; this credulity and readiness to believe, which was their commendation, might have invited false teachers among them, who might hope and take encouragement from hence the more easily to gain upon them; and therefore they ought to be upon their watch and guard, and beware of them, and not believe every spirit:

I am glad therefore on your behalf; that they had so cheerfully and readily embraced the Gospel, and from the heart obeyed that form of doctrine delivered to them; and that their praise for this was in all the churches of Christ, and had everywhere a good report on this account:

but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil; which is just the reverse of natural and unregenerate men, who are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge; some reference seems to be had to the words of Christ in Matthew 10:16; the apostle's meaning is, that though he rejoiced at the heartiness and simplicity of their obedience, and the credit they obtained abroad on account of it, yet was he not without his fears and jealousies concerning them; and could not but greatly wish them more wisdom to understand the doctrines of the Gospel, to discern things that differ, and approve that which is the most excellent, and hold fast that which is good; and with all their harmlessness, innocence, and simplicity, prudently guard against all evil doctrines and principles, such as might unawares lead them into bad practices, dishonourable to religion, and uncomfortable to themselves.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. For your obedience—that is, tractableness

is come abroad unto all. I am glad therefore on your behalf—"I rejoice therefore over you," seems the true reading.

but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple—"harmless," as in Mt 10:16, from which the warning is taken.

concerning—"unto"

evil—"Your reputation among the churches for subjection to the teaching ye have received is to me sufficient ground of confidence in you; but ye need the serpent's wisdom to discriminate between transparent truth and plausible error, with that guileless simplicity which instinctively cleaves to the one and rejects the other."

Romans 16:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
Avoid Divisions
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. 20The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
Cross References
Jeremiah 4:22
"My people are fools; they do not know me. They are senseless children; they have no understanding. They are skilled in doing evil; they know not how to do good."

Matthew 10:16
"I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.

Romans 1:8
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.

1 Corinthians 14:20
Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.

1 Thessalonians 1:8
The Lord's message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia--your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it,
Treasury of Scripture

For your obedience is come abroad to all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise to that which is good, and simple concerning evil.

obedience.

Romans 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your …

1 Thessalonians 1:8,9 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia …

I am.

Ephesians 1:15-17 Why I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love …

Colossians 1:3-9 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying …

1 Thessalonians 1:2,3 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in …

1 Thessalonians 3:6-10 But now when Timotheus came from you to us, and brought us good tidings …

yet.

1 Kings 3:9-12 Give therefore your servant an understanding heart to judge your …

Psalm 101:2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when will you come …

Isaiah 11:2,3 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom …

Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the middle of wolves: be you …

1 Corinthians 14:20 Brothers, be not children in understanding: however, in malice be …

Ephesians 1:17,18 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory…

Ephesians 5:17 Why be you not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge …

Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease …

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching …

2 Timothy 3:15-17 And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures…

James 3:13-18 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show …

simple. or, harmless.

Luke 10:3 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.

Philippians 2:15 That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without …

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