Romans 12:11
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English Standard Version
Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

King James Bible
Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

American Standard Version
in diligence not slothful; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Douay-Rheims Bible
In carefulness not slothful. In spirit fervent. Serving the Lord.

English Revised Version
in diligence not slothful; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Webster's Bible Translation
Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Weymouth New Testament
Do not be indolent when zeal is required. Be thoroughly warm-hearted, the Lord's own servants,

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Vincent's Word Studies

Slothful (ὀκνηροί)

From ὀκνέω to delay.

In business (τῇ σπουδῇ)

Wrong. Render, as Rev., in diligence; see on Romans 12:8. Luther, "in regard to zeal be not lazy."

Fervent (ζέοντες)

See on Acts 18:25.

The Lord (τῷ Κυρίῳ)

Some texts read καιρῷ the time or opportunity, but the best authorities give Lord.

Romans 12:11 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

slothful.

Exodus 5:17 But he said, You are idle, you are idle: therefore you say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the LORD.

Proverbs 6:6-9 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise...

Proverbs 10:26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

Proverbs 18:9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

Proverbs 22:29 See you a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

Proverbs 24:30-34 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding...

Proverbs 26:13-16 The slothful man said, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets...

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave...

Isaiah 56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.

Matthew 25:26 His lord answered and said to him, You wicked and slothful servant, you knew that I reap where I sowed not...

Acts 20:34,35 Yes, you yourselves know, that these hands have ministered to my necessities, and to them that were with me...

Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good...

1 Thessalonians 4:11,12 And that you study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you...

2 Thessalonians 3:6-12 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ...

1 Timothy 5:13 And with they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies...

Hebrews 6:10,11 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which you have showed toward his name...

fervent.

Matthew 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Acts 18:25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spoke and taught diligently the things of the Lord...

Colossians 4:12,13 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, salutes you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers...

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed...

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit to unfeigned love of the brothers...

1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

Revelation 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love.

Revelation 3:15,16 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I would you were cold or hot...

serving.

1 Corinthians 7:22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free...

Ephesians 6:5-8 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart...

Colossians 3:22-24 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye-service, as men pleasers; but in singleness of heart...

Colossians 4:1 Masters, give to your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

Titus 2:9,10 Exhort servants to be obedient to their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again...

Hebrews 12:28 Why we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

Cross References
Proverbs 31:15
She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens.

Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.

Acts 18:25
He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John.

Acts 20:19
serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;

Revelation 3:15
"'I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!

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