Romans 12:11
New International Version
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

New Living Translation
Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.

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

Berean Study Bible
Do not let your zeal subside; keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

Berean Literal Bible
not lagging in diligence, being fervent in spirit, serving the Lord,

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

New King James Version
not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

New American Standard Bible
not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

NASB 1995
not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

NASB 1977
not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

Amplified Bible
never lagging behind in diligence; aglow in the Spirit, enthusiastically serving the Lord;

Christian Standard Bible
Do not lack diligence in zeal; be fervent in the Spirit; serve the Lord.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord.

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Be diligent and do not be lazy; be enthusiastic in spirit; be working for your Lord.

Contemporary English Version
Never give up. Eagerly follow the Holy Spirit and serve 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;

Good News Translation
Work hard and do not be lazy. Serve the Lord with a heart full of devotion.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't be lazy in showing your devotion. Use your energy to serve the Lord.

International Standard Version
Never be lazy in showing such devotion. Be on fire with the Spirit. Serve the Lord.

Literal Standard Version
in the diligence not slothful; in the spirit fervent; serving the LORD;

NET Bible
Do not lag in zeal, be enthusiastic in spirit, serve the Lord.

New Heart English Bible
not lagging in diligence; 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,

World English Bible
not lagging in diligence; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Young's Literal Translation
in the diligence not slothful; in the spirit fervent; the Lord serving;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Love, Zeal, Hope, Hospitality
10Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Outdo yourselves in honoring one another. 11Do not let your zeal subside; keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, persistent in prayer.…

Cross References
Proverbs 31:15
She rises while it is still night to provide food for her household and portions for her maidservants.

Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might, for in Sheol, where you are going, there is no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.

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

Acts 20:19
I served the Lord with great humility and with tears, especially in the trials that came upon me through the plots of the Jews.

Revelation 3:15
I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were one or the other!


Treasury of Scripture

Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

slothful.

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

Proverbs 6:6-9
Go to the ant, thou 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.

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 spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.

Colossians 4:12,13
Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God…

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, is Christ's servant.

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, as unto Christ; …

Colossians 3:22-24
Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: …









(11) In business.--Rather, in zeal; the reference is to the spiritual and not to the practical life, as the English reader might suppose.

Fervent.--In the literal and etymological sense boiling or seething. The temperament of the Christian is compared to water bubbling and boiling over the flame.

In spirit--i.e., not "in the Holy Spirit," but "in that part of you which is spirit."

Serving the Lord.--Some of the extant Graeco-Latin codices, and others known to Origen and Jerome, read here by a slight change of vowels "serving the time"; no doubt wrongly, though the expression might be compared with 1Corinthians 7:29; Ephesians 5:16, et al.

Verse 11. - In business (rather, diligence) not slothful; in spirit fervent (we are to do with our might whatever our hand finds to do; yea, with fervent zeal); serving the Lord. For τῷ Κυρίῳ, (the Lord), some manuscripts have τῷ καιρῷ (the time, or the opportunity), which reading is preferred by some commentators on the ground that it is less likely to have been instituted for the familiar τῷ Κυρίῳ than vice versa. But τῷ Κυρίῳ is best supported, and has an obvious meaning, vie. that in the zealous performance of all our duties we are to feel that we are serving the Lord.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
Do not let
μὴ (mē)
Adverb
Strong's 3361: Not, lest. A primary particle of qualified negation; not, lest; also (whereas ou expects an affirmative one) whether.

[your]
τῇ (tē)
Article - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

zeal
σπουδῇ (spoudē)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 4710: (a) speed, haste, (b) diligence, earnestness, enthusiasm. From speudo; 'speed', i.e. despatch, eagerness, earnestness.

subside;
ὀκνηροί (oknēroi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3636: Slothful, backward, hesitating; of things: irksome. From okneo; tardy, i.e. Indolent; irksome.

keep your spiritual fervor,
ζέοντες (zeontes)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 2204: (lit: I boil, am boiling), I burn (in spirit), am fervent. A primary verb; to be hot, i.e. be fervid.

serving
δουλεύοντες (douleuontes)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 1398: To be a slave, be subject to, obey, be devoted. From doulos; to be a slave to.

the
τῷ (tō)
Article - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Lord.
Κυρίῳ (Kyriō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.


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