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.

Berean Study Bible
Everyone 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.

Berean Literal Bible
For your obedience has reached to all. Therefore I rejoice over you. But I wish you to be wise to good, and innocent to 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.

New American Standard 1977
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.

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;
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
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. 20The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 4:22
"For My people are foolish, They know Me not; They are stupid children And have no understanding. They are shrewd to do evil, But to do good they do not know."

Matthew 10:16
Look, 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 proclaimed all over the world.

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

1 Thessalonians 1:8
For not only did the message of the Lord ring out from you to Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone out to every place, so that we have no need to say anything further.
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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