Romans 12:17-21

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17.  Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 17. When people do wrong things to you, do not do wrong things to them also. But try to do good things for all people. 17. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.
18. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 18. As much as you can, live in peace with everyone. 18. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
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. 19. My dear brothers, do not punish people who do wrong to you. But let God's anger punish them. In the holy writings the Lord says, `I myself will punish people. If they have done wrong things, I will do wrong things to them also.' 19. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord.
20. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 20. But, `If your enemy is hungry, give him food. If he is thirsty, give him a drink. When you do that, it will be as if you put a pile of coals from the fire on his head.' 20. On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head."

21. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

21. Do not let wrong things win a victory over you. But win a victory over wrong things by the good things you do. 21. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

John Calvin's comments on Romans 12:17-21

Cross-References to other texts on vengeance

How to Overcome Evil

How to Live in Peace

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