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Today's Bible Study

Live Peaceably

Romans 12:17-19

17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

This passage is the corollary to verse 14, "Bless them which persecute you; bless and curse not." Compare it with 1 Peter 3:9-11, "Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it."

How should we answer evil acts? Jesus said to turn the other cheek and to forgive. He told us to love our enemies. Revenge is never the proper action in response to evil. The act of revenge is the equivalent of pushing God from His throne, although that could never in reality be done. As the Supreme and Sovereign Judge, He has reserved for Himself the decision to avenge any aggression against His saints.

"Provide things honest (good or virtuous) in the sight of all men." Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament explains, "Provide [προνοουμενοι] . The A. V. uses "provide" in its earlier and more literal meaning of taking thought in advance. This has been mostly merged in the later meaning of furnish, so that the translation conveys the sense of providing honestly for ourselves and our families. Better, as Rev., take thought for. 66 The citation is from Pro 3:4, and varies from both Hebrew and Septuagint. Hebrew : And thou shalt find favor and good understanding in the eyes of God and man. Septuagint : And thou shalt find favor and devise excellent things in the sight of the Lord and of men. Compare 2Co 8:21. Construe in the sight of all men with the verb, not with honorable. Men's estimate of what is honorable is not the standard."    Read More


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