Romans 12:14
New International Version
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

New Living Translation
Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.

English Standard Version
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.

Berean Study Bible
Bless those who persecute you. Bless and do not curse.

Berean Literal Bible
Bless those persecuting you. Bless and do not curse;

King James Bible
Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

New King James Version
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

New American Standard Bible
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

NASB 1995
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

NASB 1977
Bless those who persecute you; bless and curse not.

Amplified Bible
Bless those who persecute you [who cause you harm or hardship]; bless and do not curse [them].

Christian Standard Bible
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

American Standard Version
Bless them that persecute you; bless, and curse not.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Bless your persecutors; bless and do not curse.

Contemporary English Version
Ask God to bless everyone who mistreats you. Ask him to bless them and not to curse them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Bless them that persecute you: bless, and curse not.

English Revised Version
Bless them that persecute you; bless, and curse not.

Good News Translation
Ask God to bless those who persecute you--yes, ask him to bless, not to curse.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Bless those who persecute you. Bless them, and don't curse them.

International Standard Version
Bless those who persecute you. Keep on blessing them, and never curse them.

Literal Standard Version
Bless those persecuting you; bless, and do not curse;

NET Bible
Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse.

New Heart English Bible
Bless those who persecute you; bless, and do not curse.

Weymouth New Testament
Invoke blessings on your persecutors--blessings, not curses.

World English Bible
Bless those who persecute you; bless, and don't curse.

Young's Literal Translation
Bless those persecuting you; bless, and curse not;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Forgiveness
13Share with the saints who are in need. Practice hospitality. 14Bless those who persecute you. Bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep.…

Cross References
Matthew 5:44
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Luke 6:28
bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

1 Corinthians 4:12
We work hard with our own hands. When we are vilified, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;

1 Peter 3:9
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.


Treasury of Scripture

Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

Romans 12:21
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Job 31:29,30
If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him: …

Matthew 5:44
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;









(14) Bless them which persecute you.--Apparently with allusion to Matthew 5:44. It was probably just about the time that St. Paul was writing this Epistle, or at most a year or two later, that the series of compositions which ultimately took the shape of our present Gospels began. It is not, however, necessary to suppose that St. Paul had actually seen one of these. The record of our Lord's teaching was no doubt at first preserved and circulated in the Church orally, and it would be in this form that St. Paul first became acquainted with the precept to which he here seems to allude. There is, perhaps, another reference to the Sermon on the Mount in 1Corinthians 7:10. Such references occur (as we should expect) more frequently in the Epistle of St. James.



Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
Bless
Εὐλογεῖτε (Eulogeite)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 2127: (lit: I speak well of) I bless; pass: I am blessed. From a compound of eu and logos; to speak well of, i.e. to bless.

those who
τοὺς (tous)
Article - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

persecute
διώκοντας (diōkontas)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's 1377: To pursue, hence: I persecute. A prolonged form of a primary verb dio; to pursue; by implication, to persecute.

you.
ὑμᾶς (hymas)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

Bless
εὐλογεῖτε (eulogeite)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 2127: (lit: I speak well of) I bless; pass: I am blessed. From a compound of eu and logos; to speak well of, i.e. to bless.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

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

curse.
καταρᾶσθε (katarasthe)
Verb - Present Imperative Middle or Passive - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 2672: To curse. Middle voice from katara; to execrate; by analogy, to doom.


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