Romans 16:18

“For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For they that are such, serue not our Lord Iesus Christ, but their owne belly, and by good wordes and faire speeches deceiue the hearts of the simple.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For they that are such serve not our Lord Christ, but their own belly; and by their smooth and fair speech they beguile the hearts of the innocent.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For such people are not servants of the Lord Christ, but of their stomachs; and by their smooth and well-said words the hearts of those who have no knowledge of evil are tricked.
- Basic English Bible

For such serve not our Lord Christ, but their own belly, and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.
- Darby Bible

For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
- Webster's Bible

For men of that stamp are not bondservants of Christ our Lord, but are slaves to their own appetites; and by their plausible words and their flattery they utterly deceive the minds of the simple.
- Weymouth Bible

For those who are such don't serve our Lord, Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by their smooth and flattering speech, they deceive the hearts of the innocent.
- World English Bible

For suche men seruen not to the Lord Crist, but to her wombe, and bi swete wordis and blessyngis disseyuen the hertis of innocent men.
- Wycliffe Bible

for such our Lord Jesus Christ do not serve, but their own belly; and through the good word and fair speech they deceive the hearts of the harmless,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 16:18


16:18 By good words - Concerning themselves, making great promises. And fair speeches - Concerning you, praising and flattering you. The harmless - Who, doing no ill themselves, are not upon their guard against them that do.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 16:18


Ro 16:18 Serve not our Lord Jesus Christ. These men, like many other false teachers, were more devoted to their own appetites than to Christ. The simple. "Innocent" in the Revised Version. The unsuspecting.

Discussion for Romans 16

  • Steve morrow
    ROMANS 16:26 BUT NOE IS MADE MANIFEST AND --- BY THE SCRIPTURES --- OF THE PROPHETS ACCORDING TO THE COMMANDMENT OF THE EVERLASTING GOD MADE KNOWN TO ALL NATIONS FOR THE --- OBEDIENCE --- OF FAITH 1 THESSALONIANS 5:21 PROVE ALL THINGS HOLD FAST THAT WHICH IS GOOD MARK 10:18 AND JESUS SAID UNTO HIM WHY CALLEST THOU ME GOOD THERE IS NONE GOOD BUT ONE THAT IS GOD
  • Wayne
    Butch, many are made Christians by taking Christ as personal Saviour. Shouldn't be sad for you that others are saved. Living in victory. Don't try to limit the Lord by your understanding alone. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are limitless in scope and action. Man tries to limit the work of the Saviour. He'll do as is needed to keep souls out of the fire. Victorious living. GBU
  • Jim Kirkpatrick Romans 16:25
    Romans 16:25 " The mystery" is refered to as when Paul was with Jesus for over 3 years in the desert learning about what to teach the Gentiles regarding their new salvation found in Christ. God knew about this from the beginning of time and it was hid from mankind until this period of time with Paul
  • Irene123
    I agree with Sylvia of 7 mos. ago to J. Thomas. But, to take it further - Acts 14:18 - " ... scarce restrained the people from doing sacrifice to them". I know that's not verbatim, but the sense is there. So-called 'saints' in some churches have candles lit to them and prayers to them - in that saints name , which is un-biblical. A true saint does not WANT to be worshipped. They are - humble .
  • Irene123
    Vs. 1-2; At least in the KJV Phebe is NOT said to be a 'deacon'. Deacons were for men only. Phebe was called a 'servant' - which any true Christian is. She is noted in particular because - at that time there was very little available help for the church, and these 'noted' ones put themselves out there for Christ's sake, to do what they could, but they weren't any 'higher' in respect than any saint
  • Irene123
    V. 25 - " ... according to the REVELATION of the mystery ... "; V. 26 - " ... but now is made MANIFEST ... "; there is no 'mystery' anymore; GOD was manifest in the flesh. Isa. prophesied of the virgin birth of IMMANUEL, God with us, but he didn't understand it, it was a mystery at that time.

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