Romans 12:13
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New International Version
Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

New Living Translation
When God's people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

English Standard Version
Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

Berean Study Bible
Share with the saints who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Berean Literal Bible
contributing to the needs of the saints, pursuing hospitality.

New American Standard Bible
contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

King James Bible
Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

Christian Standard Bible
Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality.

Contemporary English Version
Take care of God's needy people and welcome strangers into your home.

Good News Translation
Share your belongings with your needy fellow Christians, and open your homes to strangers.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality.

International Standard Version
Supply the needs of the saints. Extend hospitality to strangers.

NET Bible
Contribute to the needs of the saints, pursue hospitality.

New Heart English Bible
contributing to the needs of the saints; given to hospitality.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Be partakers with the needs of the holy; befriend strangers.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Share what you have with God's people who are in need. Be hospitable.

New American Standard 1977
contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

Jubilee Bible 2000
sharing for the needs of the saints, and given to hospitality.

King James 2000 Bible
Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

American King James Version
Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

American Standard Version
communicating to the necessities of the saints; given to hospitality.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Communicating to the necessities of the saints. Pursuing hospitality.

Darby Bible Translation
distributing to the necessities of the saints; given to hospitality.

English Revised Version
communicating to the necessities of the saints; given to hospitality.

Webster's Bible Translation
Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

Weymouth New Testament
Relieve the necessities of God's people; always practise hospitality.

World English Bible
contributing to the needs of the saints; given to hospitality.

Young's Literal Translation
to the necessities of the saints communicating; the hospitality pursuing.
Study Bible
Love, Zeal, Hope, Hospitality
12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, persistent in prayer. 13Share with the saints who are in need. Practice hospitality. 14Bless those who persecute you. Bless and do not curse.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 17:29
honey, curds, sheep, and cheese from the herd for David and his people to eat. For they said, "The people have become hungry, exhausted, and thirsty in the wilderness."

2 Kings 4:10
Please let us make a small room upstairs and put in it a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp for him. Then when he comes to us, he can stay there."

Proverbs 31:20
She opens her arms to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.

Matthew 25:35
For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you took Me in,

Romans 15:25
Now, however, I am on my way to Jerusalem to serve the saints there.

1 Corinthians 16:15
You know that Stephanas and his household were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints. Now I urge you, brothers,

2 Corinthians 9:1
Now about the service to the saints, there is no need for me to write to you.

1 Timothy 3:2
An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

Titus 3:14
And our people must also learn to devote themselves to good works in order to meet the pressing needs of others, so that they will not be unfruitful.

Hebrews 6:10
God is not unjust. He will not forget your work and the love you have shown for His name as you have ministered to the saints and continue to do so.

Hebrews 13:2
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.

Hebrews 13:16
And do not neglect to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

3 John 1:5
Beloved, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers, and especially since they are strangers to you.

Treasury of Scripture

Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

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Romans 12:8 Or he that exhorts, on exhortation: he that gives, let him do it …

Romans 15:25-28 But now I go to Jerusalem to minister to the saints…

Psalm 41:1 Blessed is he that considers the poor: the LORD will deliver him …

Acts 4:35 And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made …

Acts 9:36-41 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by …

Acts 10:4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? …

Acts 20:34,35 Yes, you yourselves know, that these hands have ministered to my …

1 Corinthians 16:1,2 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order …

2 Corinthians 8:1-4 Moreover, brothers, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed …

2 Corinthians 9:1,12 For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous …

Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially …

Philemon 1:7 For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the bowels …

Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, …

Hebrews 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices …

1 John 3:17 But whoever has this world's good, and sees his brother have need, …


Genesis 18:2-8 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, see, three men stood by …

Genesis 19:1-3 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate …

1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, …

1 Timothy 5:10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, …

Titus 1:8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;

Hebrews 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained …

1 Peter 4:9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.

(13) Distributing to the necessity of saints.--By "saints" is here meant simply "Christians." So, in Ephesians 1:1, we find the salutation addressed to the "saints which are at Ephesus." (Comp. Acts 9:13; Acts 26:10.) The reference is to the well-known poverty of the early Christian communities.

Necessity.--Some of the Graeco-Latin manuscripts and fathers here read, memories, or commemorations, by a slight change of letters, "taking part in the commemorations of the saints," as if the allusion was to the later ecclesiastical usage of holding festivals in honour of martyrs. The best manuscripts are wonderfully free from corruptions of this kind, and even inferior manuscripts admit them to a much smaller extent than might have been expected. Other examples would be the insertion of the phrase "and fasting" in Mark 9:29, and the addition of the doxology to the Lord's prayer in Matthew 6:13.

Distributing to the necessity of saints,.... Or "communicating", as many versions render the word; "distributing" more properly belongs to the officers of the church, the deacons, and communicating to the members of it in common. All men in general are to be relieved that are in want, even our very enemies, and particularly such as are our own flesh and blood, nearly related to us, aged parents, &c. and especially they that are of the household of faith, here called "saints"; and indeed, such only come under the care and notice of a church: and they are such, whom God has set apart for himself, has chosen in his Son, that they should be holy; whom Christ has sanctified, or whose sins he has expiated by his blood; and to whom he is made sanctification; and in whose hearts a work of grace and holiness is wrought by the Spirit of God, which is the sanctification of the Spirit they are chosen through, as a mean to eternal salvation by Christ; and in consequence of this, they live soberly, righteously, and godly, and have their conversations as become the Gospel of Christ: and such as these, being in necessitous circumstances, are to be communicated to; for not all, or any of the saints, but only such as are in "necessity", are here pointed at; it is not communicating to the saints, but to their necessity, which is recommended. It is the will and pleasure of God, that some of his dear children should be in strait circumstances of life, be reduced to want and distress, partly to try their own graces, their faith and trust in God, and dependence on him; and partly the graces of others, the charity, liberality, and beneficence of those who have of this world's goods: and who are the persons that are to "communicate", not words only, saying, be warmed and filled, and give nothing; but their substance, they are to deal their bread to the hungry, clothe the naked, and give a portion to as many as are in need: and these acts of giving and receiving, are one way by which the saints have communication with each other, and which is suggested by the word "communicating" here used; for fellowship does not lie merely in private conversation, and in sitting down together at the Lord's table, but in "communicating to one another such things" as are needful, as for the soul, so for the body. Some copies read, "communicating to the memories of the saints"; not making images of them, and praying to them, but speaking well and honourably of them, and imitating them in what they did well; see Proverbs 10:7.

Given to hospitality; or, as it may be rendered, "pursuing", or "following after love to strangers"; which is properly hospitality: respect is to be shown not to such only who are members of the same community with us, but also to such of the people of God, that may be of another country, or of some distant parts of our own, not before known by us; who by persecution, and distress of some sort or another, or by some providence or another, are obliged to remove from their native place. These we are to love, and show our love to, not only by directing and advising, but, if need be, by giving them food and raiment, and lodging them: this is a duty incumbent on ministers of the Gospel, and on private members, and on all who are in any capacity to perform it; and which should be done cheerfully, and without grudging; and what persons should use, inure, and give themselves to, yea, should seek after, and call to objects of it; as Abraham and Lot did, who thereby entertained angels unawares, and is what the apostle here means by pursuing and following after it. 13. given to hospitality—that is, the entertainment of strangers. In times of persecution, and before the general institution of houses of entertainment, the importance of this precept would be at once felt. In the East, where such houses are still rare, this duty is regarded as of the most sacred character [Hodge].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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