Romans 16:18
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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.

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.

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.

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.

Romans 16:18 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Belly

Compare Philippians 3:19.

Good words (χρηστολογίας)

Only here in the New Testament. Lit., good speaking. The compounded adjective χρης τός is used rather in its secondary sense of mild, pleasant. So Rev., smooth speech.

Deceive (ἐξαπατῶσιν)

Better, as Rev., beguile. It is not merely making a false impression, but practically leading astray

Simple (ἀκάκων)

Only here and Hebrews 7:26. Lit., not evil. Rev., innocent. Bengel says: "An indifferent word. They are called so who are merely without positive wickedness, when they ought to abound also in prudence, and to guard against other men's wickedness."

Romans 16:18 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

serve.

Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one...

John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor.

Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

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: for you serve the Lord Christ.

James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

Jude 1:1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ...

Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him, to show to his servants things which must shortly come to pass...

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 dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber...

Ezekiel 13:19 And will you pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die...

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, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace...

Malachi 1:10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nothing? neither do you kindle fire on my altar for nothing...

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

Philippians 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

1 Timothy 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw yourself.

2 Peter 2:10-15 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed...

Jude 1:12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water...

by.

2 Chronicles 18:5,12-17 Therefore the king of Israel gathered together of prophets four hundred men, and said to them, Shall we go to Ramothgilead to battle...

Isaiah 30:10,11 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not to us right things, speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits...

Jeremiah 8:10,11 Therefore will I give their wives to others, and their fields to them that shall inherit them...

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

Jeremiah 28:1-9,15-17 And it came to pass the same year, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fourth year, and in the fifth month...

Ezekiel 13:16 To wit, the prophets of Israel which prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and which see visions of peace for her, and there is no peace...

Micah 3:5 Thus said the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace...

Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

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 sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully...

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ...

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 they received not the love of the truth...

1 Timothy 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw yourself.

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

2 Timothy 3:2-6 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy...

Titus 1:10-12 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision...

2 Peter 2:3,18-20 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingers not...

1 John 4:1-3 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God...

Jude 1:16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaks great swelling words...

the simple.

Romans 16:19 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...

Psalm 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

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 heart.

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 pass on, and are punished.

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

Cross References
2 Samuel 15:6
Thus Absalom did to all of Israel who came to the king for judgment. So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

Psalm 12:2
Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

Isaiah 30:10
who say to the seers, "Do not see," and to the prophets, "Do not prophesy to us what is right; speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions,

Daniel 11:34
When they stumble, they shall receive a little help. And many shall join themselves to them with flattery,

Romans 14:18
Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.

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

Colossians 2:4
I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.

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