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Romans 12:14

    Romans 12:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Give blessing and not curses to those who are cruel to you.

    Webster's Revision

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

    World English Bible

    Bless those who persecute you; bless, and don't curse.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Definitions for Romans 12:14

    Persecute - To pursue after in order to overtake.

    Clarke's Commentary on Romans 12:14

    Bless them which persecute you - Ευλογειτε, Give good words, or pray for them that give you bad words, καταρασθε, who make dire imprecations against you. Bless them, pray for them, and on no account curse them, whatever the provocation may be. Have the loving, forgiving mind that was in your Lord.

    Barnes' Notes on Romans 12:14

    Bless them ... - see the note at Matthew 5:44; compare Luke 6:28.

    Bless, and curse not - Bless only; or continue to bless, however long or aggravated may be the injury. Do not be provoked to anger, or to cursing, by any injury, persecution, or reviling. This is one of the most severe and difficult duties of the Christian religion; and it is a duty which nothing else but religion will enable people to perform. To curse denotes properly to devote to destruction. Where there is power to do it, it implies the destruction of the object. Thus, the fig-tree that was cursed by the Saviour soon withered away: Mark 11:21. Thus, those whom God curses will be certainly destroyed; Matthew 25:41. Where there is not power to do it, to curse implies the invoking of the aid of God to devote to destruction. Hence, it means to imprecate; to implore a curse from God to rest on others; to pray that God would destroy them. In a larger sense still, it means to abuse by reproachful words; to calumniate; or to express oneself in a violent, profane, and outrageous manner. In this passage it seems to have special reference to this.

    Wesley's Notes on Romans 12:14

    12:14 Curse not - No, not in your heart.