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

  • BSP
    Verses 3 to 5 brings out that any gifts we may have are due to the grace or undeserved kindness of Jehovah God.
  • Carlton
    Love how this chapter is focused on the mind and flesh.
  • Steve morrow
    ROMANS 12:17 RECOMPENSE TO NO MAN EVIL FOR EVIL PROVIDE THINGS --- HONEST --- IN THE SIGHT OF ALL MEN 2 TIMOTHY 3:13 BUT EVIL MEN AND SEDUCERS SHALL WAX WORSE AND WORSE DECEIVEING AND BEING DECEIVED
  • Wayne
    As long as you baptize in the name of the Father, in the name of the Son, in the name of the Holy Ghost, as Jesus, Himself, instructed us, by His very own words. Matthew 28-19.GBU
  • Irene123
    The Lord Jesus has His Pastors in this age of Grace. And they preach the SAME message Peter preached in Acts 2:38 - and then you follow the way to Him in the epistles the bks. after Acts .
  • Deaconess Karen Talbert
    I think that Paul is explaining to us how we as Christian are suppose to live. Verses 17 and 21 bring back memories to me as a young child, how it was " to get even" with those who mistreated me. I was raised in the church, but also as verse 2 states " and be not confirmed to this world" I was to an extent. But praise the Lord, by His love, Grace and mercy my mind has been transformed.

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