Romans 12:21

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Romans 12:21

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 for Romans 12:21

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

  • James Michael on Romans 12:21
    The truth shall make you free.
  • PRIVRATE NOT SHOWN on Romans 12:21
    Who were Jesus's Brothers and sisters?
  • Mishael - in Reply on Romans 12:21
    Jesus had five half brothers, namely, James (Ya'qov), Simon (Shim'on), Judah (Yehudah), Joses (Yosef) and Thomas (Toma'). And he also had two half sisters, Rachel (Rakhel) and Lea (Le'ah).
  • Markcus Burch - in Reply on Romans 12:21
    Mark 6:3, Matthew 13:55-56, Mark 3:31-35.
  • Barbara Benish on Romans 12:21
    If Jesus was crucified on Friday and to be in the grave 3 nites and 3 days, why do we celebrate Easter onSunday?
  • Adam - in Reply on Romans 12:21
    Matthew 12:40 is only 1 piece of evidence as to the timeline

    Matthew 28:1 - says it was Sunday Jesus rose

    Mark 16:1 - same the same

    John 20:1 - same

    Luke 24:1 - very early in the morning the first day of the week (Sunday), even more specific.

    I think it's solid that Jesus was gone from the tomb by early on Sunday morning.

    Theory: maybe Matthew 12:40 doesn't mean Jesus's body in the tomb, but Jesus preaching to spirits in hades in the center of the earth? 1 Peter 3:18-20, Ephesians 4:8-10. Maybe his body was in the tomb from Friday to Sunday morning, but his spirit was in the 'lower parts of the earth' for 3 days and 3 nights. This is only a theory.
  • Brother Dan - in Reply on Romans 12:21
    Christians celebrate Easter because Jesus was resurrected on a Sunday, the 1st day of the week.

    To meet the 3 days and nights in the earth....Jesus could NOT have died on Friday.

    So since he remained in the earth for 3 days and nights...he died before Friday. We also know he rested on Saturday (Sabbath). He even honored the Sabbath in death - very important example for us.

    So a possible timeframe is Jesus died on Thursday, late day, and remained in the earth:

    Thursday night

    Friday morning

    Friday night

    Saturday morning

    Saturday night

    Sunday Morning for a period of time

    God Bless
  • Easter or Passover - in Reply on Romans 12:21
    "Easter" is only found in the Bible once. In Acts, I think concerning James being killed and Peter in prison waiting for Roman holiday (Easter) to be over.

    The Lord sprung Peter out of jail that very night!


    The Jewish/Christian holiday we celebrate, is:


    It was hard for me to get bunnies and Reese eggs out of my head too...
  • Wise one on Romans 12:21
    Many of you are translating this verse to mean passivity. The main thrust of the Bible, in which everything should be followed, is through love for God. The second is like unto it, that we are doing it for our neighbor (more than regard for ourselves). I am here to tell you, that if you live in the USA, you should not translate this "Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good" as be passive and unresponsive! That is not thinking of others. Unfortunately, the people in the USA do not know their history, and do not understand that our forefathers who fought for freedom, believed that overcoming evil was TO FIGHT EVIL. To fight evil is fighting for everybody.

    We have become such a wimpy passive soy boy society. You do not live in a communist country or a tyrannical dictatorship, yet. Therefore, to knoweth to do good, by using your God given rights and privileges and thinking of everyone, and doeith it not, to him it is sin.

    When you don't protect and fight for your freedom, and you just comply, you are allowing lies to flourish, and allowing the takeover by the Evil One.

    "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
  • Richard in Christ - in Reply on Romans 12:21

    I feel to reply to your post and expand to what Carleton stated. In this wicked world we live in one of the most important questions we, those who follow Christ, can ask ourselves when a situation occurs is "what would Jesus Christ do"?

    It is right that the truth be spread and exposed. What is right and wrong. A big problem is the evil powers of this world own pretty much everything to do with mass communication. T.V., radio, internet, schools, etc and many people are brainwashed and deceived. Only a very small portion can be trusted to follow truth in whatever way. Although the devil mixes lies with truth to make it even harder for people to denote one from the other.

    As I have been following what has been going on with the powers that be in the world for probably the last decade. Violence and fighting physically accomplishes nothing but more violence and blood shed. What the evil one wants. People to destroy themselves, by dividing them in any way, for their gain.

    We, who follow Christ, are to live in peace. To turn the other cheek. To love and have mercy even on our enemies. Who I do not see as any other "person". It is the devil and the evil powers that be who control people in this world. That is what/who I hate. Not people. As I feel sorrow that they are being led to damnation. Hoping, and praying, one day in their lives they shall see the light and give themselves to the Lord. One more repentant sinner who has been saved.

    Here are a couple verses from the OT and NT for you. With Romans 12:21. Reading Romans 12:17-21 gives a better view. Fear not those who can destroy the body, but Him who can destroy both body and soul in Gehenna/Hell.

    Matthew 10:27-28.

    Ecclesiastes 5:8

    Micah 6:8

    Matthew 5:39-45

    Ephesians 6:11-17

    They that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52.

    Jesus Christ is the only way. Not fighting for this, or any, "country". "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord."

    With respect. God Bless.


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