New International Version
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.
King James Bible
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
Darby Bible Translation
recompensing to no one evil for evil: providing things honest before all men:
World English Bible
Repay no one evil for evil. Respect what is honorable in the sight of all men.
Young's Literal Translation
giving back to no one evil for evil; providing right things before all men.
Romans 12:17 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Recompense, etc. - Do not take notice of every little injury you may sustain. Do not be litigious. Beware of too nice a sense of your own honor; intolerable pride is at the bottom of this. The motto of the royal arms of Scotland is in direct opposition to this Divine direction - Nemo me impune lacesset, of which "I render evil for evil to every man," is a pretty literal translation. This is both antichristian and abominable, whether in a state or in an individual.
Provide things honest - Be prudent, be cautious, neither eat, drink, nor wear, but as you pay for every thing. "Live not on trust, for that is the way to pay double;" and by this means the poor are still kept poor. He who takes credit, even for food or raiment, when he has no probable means of defraying the debt, is a dishonest man. It is no sin to die through lack of the necessaries of life when the providence of God has denied the means of support; but it is a sin to take up goods without the probability of being able to pay for them. Poor man! suffer poverty a little; perhaps God is only trying thee for a time; and who can tell if he will not turn again thy captivity. Labour hard to live honestly; if God still appear to withhold his providential blessing, do not despair; leave it all to him; do not make a sinful choice; he cannot err. He will bless thy poverty, while he curses the ungodly man's blessings.
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Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain, to put each man's silver back in his sack, and to give them provisions for their journey. After this was done for them,
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But the LORD forbid that I should lay a hand on the LORD's anointed. Now get the spear and water jug that are near his head, and let's go."
Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you.
Do not say, "I'll do to them as they have done to me; I'll pay them back for what they did."
leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord.
2 Corinthians 8:21
For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.
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