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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Romans 12:14


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    King James Bible - Romans 12:14

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

    World English Bible

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

    Douay-Rheims - Romans 12:14

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

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Bless them who persecute you; bless, and curse not.

    Greek Textus Receptus


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    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (14) -
    :21 Job 31:29,30 Mt 5:44 Lu 6:28; 23:34 Ac 7:60 1Co 4:12,13

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 12:14

    Bendecid a los que os persiguen; bendecid y no maldigis.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Romans 12:14

    Verse 14.
    Bless them which persecute you] eulogeite, Give good words, or pray for them that give you bad words, katarasqe, who make dire imprecations against you. Bless them, pray for them, and on no account curse them, whatever the provocation may be. Have the loving, forgiving mind that was in your Lord.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 14.
    Bless them which persecute you , etc..] It is the lot of God's, people in this world to be persecuted by the men of it, in some shape or another, either by words or deeds; either by reviling and reproaching them, and speaking all manner of evil of them; or by hindering them the free exercise of religious worship, by confiscation of their goods, imprisonment of their persons, by violently torturing their bodies, and taking away their lives; under all which circumstances they are taught to bless them; that is, to pray for them, that God would show them their evil, give repentance to them, and the remission of their sins; which is the order Christ gave to his disciples, ( Matthew 5:44); and encouraged to an observance of, by his own example, ( Luke 23:34); and has been followed herein by his disciples and apostles, ( Acts 7:60) ( Corinthians 4:12,13). Moreover, by blessing may be meant, giving them good words, mild and soft answers, not rendering evil for evil, railing for railing, ( 1 Peter 3:9); but, on the contrary, blessing, in imitation of Christ, who, when he was reviled, reviled not again, ( 1 Peter 2:23): bless, and curse not : to have a mouth full of cursing and bitterness, ( Romans 3:14), is the character of an unregenerate man, and what by no means suits one who names the name of Christ; for blessing and cursing to proceed out of the same mouth, is as absurd and unnatural, as if it should be supposed that a fountain should send forth sweet water and bitter, or salt and fresh, ( James 3:10-12). The imprecations upon wicked men, used by David and other good men, are no contradictions to this rule; since they were made under the inspiration of the Spirit of God, and were predictions of God's vengeance, which in righteous judgment should fall on them, and are not to be drawn into an example by us.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 9-16 - The professed
    love of Christians to each other should be sincere, fre from deceit, and unmeaning and deceitful compliments. Depending of Divine grace, they must detest and dread all evil, and love and deligh 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 u 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, wil 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 by kindness to friends and brethren, but Christians must not harbour ange 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 mean thorough good will; not, bless them when at prayer, and curse them a other times; but bless them always, and curse not at all. Tru Christian love will make us take part in the sorrows and joys of eac 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 upo 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 yo in, whatever it be. Nothing is below us, but sin. We shall never fin in our hearts to condescend to others, while we indulge conceit of ourselves; therefore that must be mortified.


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    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    14.
    Bless (eulogeite). See on blessed, 1 Pet. i. 3.

    Them that persecute (touv diwkontav). See on John v. 16. It has been suggested that the verb pursuing in ver. 13 may have suggested the persecutors here. Pursue hospitality toward the brethren as the wicked pursue them.

    Curse not. Plutarch relates that when a decree was issued that Alcibiades should be solemnly cursed by all the priests and priestesses, one of the latter declared that her holy office obliged her to make prayers, but not execrations ("Alcibiades").


    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    12:14 {And curse not} (kai me katarasqe). Present middle imperative with me. Like #Mt 5:44 in spirit, not a quotation, but a reminiscence of the words of Jesus. The negative addition gives emphasis. See #Lu 6:28 for the old verb kataraomai from katara (curse).


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