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

  • Deborah Pierce
    How perfectly letting patience have her perfect work, as the perfection of working in the fields yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness by doing good cheerfully is in fact presentation to both man and to God a living sacrifice of one another
  • Donnie
    The meaning behind offering our bodies as a living sacrifice is pertaining to our Christian walk and service to God. Jesus is the perfect example and since he offered up the perfect sacrifice for our sins and forgiveness of sins it is now possible for us to walk after the spirit and not obey the lust of the flesh... We should offer our bodies as instruments of service unto the Lord.
  • BSP
    This verse can be hard to follow because we are not inclined to bless those who persecute us. However, by doing so we imitate Jesus Christ.
  • Maryjudith
    Thank you for expanding on that particularly last paragraph speaks clearly to me bless you
  • BSP
    We are told not to think more of ourselves than necessary in verse 3.
  • Ahuwa Chiamaka
    We should always learn to show love

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