Romans 12:14
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English Standard Version
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.

King James Bible
Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

American Standard Version
Bless them that persecute you; bless, and curse not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Bless them that persecute you: bless, and curse not.

English Revised Version
Bless them that persecute you; bless, and curse not.

Webster's Bible Translation
Bless them who persecute you; bless, and curse not.

Weymouth New Testament
Invoke blessings on your persecutors--blessings, not curses.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Bless (εὐλογεῖτε)

See on blessed, 1 Peter 1:3.

Them that persecute (τοὺς διώκοντας)

See on John 5:16. It has been suggested that the verb pursuing in Romans 12:13 may have suggested the persecutors here. Pursue hospitality toward the brethren as the wicked pursue them.

Curse not

Plutarch relates that when a decree was issued that Alcibiades should be solemnly cursed by all the priests and priestesses, one of the latter declared that her holy office obliged her to make prayers, but not execrations ("Alcibiades").

Romans 12:14 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Job 31:29,30 If I rejoice at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him...

Matthew 5:44 But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you...

Luke 6:28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which spitefully use you.

Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

Acts 7:60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

1 Corinthians 4:12,13 And labor, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it...

1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that none render evil for evil to any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

James 3:10 Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not so to be.

1 Peter 2:21-23 For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps...

1 Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that you are thereunto called...

Cross References
Matthew 5:44
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Luke 6:28
bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

1 Corinthians 4:12
and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure;

1 Peter 3:9
Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.

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