Romans 12:17

“Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Recompence to no man euill for euill. Prouide things honest in the sight of all men.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Render to no man evil for evil. Take thought for things honorable in the sight of all men.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Do not give evil for evil to any man. Let all your business be well ordered in the eyes of all men.
- Basic English Bible

recompensing to no one evil for evil: providing things honest before all men:
- Darby Bible

Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
- Webster's Bible

Pay back to no man evil for evil. Take thought for what is right and seemly in every one's esteem.
- Weymouth Bible

Repay no one evil for evil. Respect what is honorable in the sight of all men.
- World English Bible

to no man yeldynge yuel for yuel, but purueye ye good thingis, not oneli bifor God, but also bifor alle men.
- Wycliffe Bible

giving back to no one evil for evil; providing right things before all men.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 12:17


12:17 Provide - Think beforehand; contrive to give as little offence as may be to any.


Discussion for Romans 12

  • Anne
    Not sure what to say
  • BSP
    Verse 11: We are urged to be hard-working. We want to give God our very best and this requires hard work.
  • Edna
    GOOD CHAPTER TO REMIND US WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST. WE HAVE A TRAMSFORM MIND BNY RENEWING IT. WE ARE ONE BODY WITH MANY GIFTS. WE ARE TO LOVE OUR BROTHER AND SISTERS IN CHRIST JESUS.WE ARE TO LIVE PEACEFULLY WITH ALL MEN IF POSSIBLE GOD IS THE ONE WHO DOES THE CORRECTING. BLESS THOSE WHP PERSECUTE YOU. GOD DOES HAVE A BETTER PLAN GRACE AND MERCY
  • A disciple
    Peter; this is such an important thing! How "natural" it is to respond with self defense when someone says or does us wrong or unfairly (real or imagined)! But we have been given light that we are not made to act like animals, but like God: and "natural" is something that we are to keep under subjection in obedience to the Spirit of God He has put within us. May the Lord's grace prevail for us!
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    This whole chapter provides guidelines for Christian living. Key guidelines are- Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. live peaceably with all men. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
  • Ray321
    Romans 12:4-5 4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we should all be like minded as Apostle Paul said, if one of us hurt, we all hurt. Jesus is the head of the Church Body, let's Love one another in Christ not in foolish words.

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