Romans 12:11
New International Version
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

New Living Translation
Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.

English Standard Version
Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

Berean Study Bible
Do not let your zeal subside; keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

Berean Literal Bible
not lagging in diligence, being fervent in spirit, serving the Lord,

New American Standard Bible
not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

King James Bible
Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Christian Standard Bible
Do not lack diligence in zeal; be fervent in the Spirit; serve the Lord.

Contemporary English Version
Never give up. Eagerly follow the Holy Spirit and serve the Lord.

Good News Translation
Work hard and do not be lazy. Serve the Lord with a heart full of devotion.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord.

International Standard Version
Never be lazy in showing such devotion. Be on fire with the Spirit. Serve the Lord.

NET Bible
Do not lag in zeal, be enthusiastic in spirit, serve the Lord.

New Heart English Bible
not lagging in diligence; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Be diligent and do not be lazy; be enthusiastic in spirit; be working for your Lord.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't be lazy in showing your devotion. Use your energy to serve the Lord.

New American Standard 1977
not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

Jubilee Bible 2000
not slothful in earnest care, but fervent in the Spirit, serving the Lord,

King James 2000 Bible
Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

American King James Version
Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

American Standard Version
in diligence not slothful; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Douay-Rheims Bible
In carefulness not slothful. In spirit fervent. Serving the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
as to diligent zealousness, not slothful; in spirit fervent; serving the Lord.

English Revised Version
in diligence not slothful; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Webster's Bible Translation
Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Weymouth New Testament
Do not be indolent when zeal is required. Be thoroughly warm-hearted, the Lord's own servants,

World English Bible
not lagging in diligence; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Young's Literal Translation
in the diligence not slothful; in the spirit fervent; the Lord serving;
Study Bible
Love, Zeal, Hope, Hospitality
10Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Outdo yourselves in honoring one another. 11Do not let your zeal subside; keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, persistent in prayer.…
Cross References
Proverbs 31:15
She rises while it is still night to provide food for her household and portions for her maidservants.

Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might, for in Sheol, where you are going, there is no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.

Acts 18:25
He had been instructed in the way of the Lord and was fervent in spirit. He spoke and taught accurately about Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John.

Acts 20:19
I served the Lord with great humility and with tears, and in the trials I faced through the plots of the Jews.

Revelation 3:15
I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were one or the other!

Treasury of Scripture

Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

slothful.

Exodus 5:17
But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the LORD.

Proverbs 6:6-9
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: …

Proverbs 10:26
As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

fervent.

Matthew 24:12
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Acts 18:25
This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.

Colossians 4:12,13
Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God…

serving.

1 Corinthians 7:22
For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant.

Ephesians 6:5-8
Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; …

Colossians 3:22-24
Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: …







Lexicon
Do not let
μὴ (mē)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3361: Not, lest. A primary particle of qualified negation; not, lest; also (whereas ou expects an affirmative one) whether.

[your]
τῇ (tē)
Article - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

zeal
σπουδῇ (spoudē)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4710: (a) speed, haste, (b) diligence, earnestness, enthusiasm. From speudo; 'speed', i.e. despatch, eagerness, earnestness.

subside;
ὀκνηροί (oknēroi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3636: Slothful, backward, hesitating; of things: irksome. From okneo; tardy, i.e. Indolent; irksome.

keep your spiritual fervor,
ζέοντες (zeontes)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 2204: (lit: I boil, am boiling), I burn (in spirit), am fervent. A primary verb; to be hot, i.e. be fervid.

serving
δουλεύοντες (douleuontes)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 1398: To be a slave, be subject to, obey, be devoted. From doulos; to be a slave to.

the
τῷ (tō)
Article - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Lord.
Κυρίῳ (Kyriō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.
(11) In business.--Rather, in zeal; the reference is to the spiritual and not to the practical life, as the English reader might suppose.

Fervent.--In the literal and etymological sense boiling or seething. The temperament of the Christian is compared to water bubbling and boiling over the flame.

In spirit--i.e., not "in the Holy Spirit," but "in that part of you which is spirit."

Serving the Lord.--Some of the extant Graeco-Latin codices, and others known to Origen and Jerome, read here by a slight change of vowels "serving the time"; no doubt wrongly, though the expression might be compared with 1Corinthians 7:29; Ephesians 5:16, et al.

Verse 11. - In business (rather, diligence) not slothful; in spirit fervent (we are to do with our might whatever our hand finds to do; yea, with fervent zeal); serving the Lord. For τῷ Κυρίῳ, (the Lord), some manuscripts have τῷ καιρῷ (the time, or the opportunity), which reading is preferred by some commentators on the ground that it is less likely to have been instituted for the familiar τῷ Κυρίῳ than vice versa. But τῷ Κυρίῳ is best supported, and has an obvious meaning, vie. that in the zealous performance of all our duties we are to feel that we are serving the Lord. 12:9-16 The professed love of Christians to each other should be sincere, free from deceit, and unmeaning and deceitful compliments. Depending on Divine grace, they must detest and dread all evil, and love and delight in whatever is kind and useful. We must not only do that which is good, but we must cleave to it. All our duty towards one another is summed up in one word, love. This denotes the love of parents to their children; which is more tender and natural than any other; unforced, unconstrained. And love to God and man, with zeal for the gospel, will make the wise Christian diligent in all his wordly business, and in gaining superior skill. God must be served with the spirit, under the influences of the Holy Spirit. He is honoured by our hope and trust in him, especially when we rejoice in that hope. He is served, not only by working for him, but by sitting still quietly, when he calls us to suffer. Patience for God's sake, is true piety. Those that rejoice in hope, are likely to be patient in tribulation. We should not be cold in the duty of prayer, nor soon weary of it. Not only must there be kindness to friends and brethren, but Christians must not harbour anger against enemies. It is but mock love, which rests in words of kindness, while our brethren need real supplies, and it is in our power to furnish them. Be ready to entertain those who do good: as there is occasion, we must welcome strangers. Bless, and curse not. It means thorough good will; not, bless them when at prayer, and curse them at other times; but bless them always, and curse not at all. True Christian love will make us take part in the sorrows and joys of each other. Labour as much as you can to agree in the same spiritual truths; and when you come short of that, yet agree in affection. Look upon worldly pomp and dignity with holy contempt. Do not mind it; be not in love with it. Be reconciled to the place God in his providence puts you in, whatever it be. Nothing is below us, but sin. We shall never find in our hearts to condescend to others, while we indulge conceit of ourselves; therefore that must be mortified.
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