Romans 12:21

“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Be not ouercome of euill, but ouercome euill with good.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Do not let evil overcome you, but overcome evil by good.
- Basic English Bible

Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
- Darby Bible

Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
- Webster's Bible

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome the evil with goodness.
- Weymouth Bible

Don't be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
- World English Bible

Nyle thou be ouercomun of yuel, but ouercome thou yuel bi good.
- Wycliffe Bible

Be not overcome by the evil, but overcome, in the good, the evil.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 12:21


12:21 And if you see no present fruit, yet persevere. Be not overcome with evil - As all are who avenge themselves. But overcome evil with good. Conquer your enemies by kindness and patience.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 12:21


Ro 12:21 Be not overcome by evil. Don't let the fact that you are treated wickedly induce you to do wrong, but overcome evil with good , by returning good for evil. This sums up the whole matter respecting the treatment of adversaries. Happy would it be if the Christian world could come up to these requirements! The logic of kind deeds is more powerful than the logic of argument.

Discussion for Romans 12

  • Kouame abraham
    Good teaching about love i like it
  • Lydia chikonde
    i think romans 12 is teaching us how we are supposed to behave as christians,its teaching us how we can cultivate good character from the basis of love,to giving,doctrine,faith in GOD who is our battler

  • Rose
    IN ROMANS 12, i think the lord is reminding us that when we give, it should be coming from our hearts. He that giveth, let him do it with simplicity .
  • BSP
    We are told not to think more of ourselves than necessary in verse 3.
  • Ahuwa Chiamaka
    We should always learn to show love
  • Philip C. Parks
    The expression, "thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head," is a metaphor with at least two interpretations: 1st, the Christian's compassion rather than retribution will potentially cause within the "enemy" guilt, shame, and embarrassment. 2nd, The "enemy" will potentially feel mental pain for receiving compassion and mercy in response to insult, defamation, and slander--PCP.

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