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Bible Commentaries

Darby's Synopsis of the New Testament

Romans 12


1:1 called (f-7) 'A called apostle,' i.e. an apostle by (divine) calling. Cf. ver. 7 'called saints,' and see note there.

Verse 2

12:2 conformed (i-4) As 1 Peter 1:14 . 'world' as 1 Corinthians 1:20 . prove (k-20) Lit. 'to your proving.'

Verse 3

12:3 wise, (l-37) So as to have a sober judgment, 'to think soberly,' as 'sensible,' Luke 8:35 .

Verse 8

12:8 simplicity; (m-11) Or 'with liberality;' from 'giving without hesitation,' or 'not avoiding to give on false excuses,' it has come to mean 'readily and liberally.'

Verse 10

12:10 it (a-19) 'Taking the lead in paying it' is a paraphrase, but I know not how to present the sense more briefly.

Verse 11

12:11 spirit (b-8) Or 'by the Spirit.' See Note at ch. 8.9. serving (c-10) The word means 'to serve as a bondman' douleuo . It is different from the words used for service in ver. 1 (which is from latreuo ), and for service in ver. 7 (which is from diakoneo ). See 1 Corinthians 4:1 .

Verse 16

12:16 lowly. (d-17) Or 'with what is lowly.'

Verse 17

12:17 providing (e-8) Taking care by forethought that there should be what is comely and seemly. See 'forethought,' ch. 13.14; 2 Corinthians 8:21 .

Verse 19

12:19 written, (f-13) See Deuteronomy 32:35 .

Verse 20

12:20 head. (g-27) See Proverbs 25:21-22 .

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Darby, John. "Commentary on Romans 12". "John Darby's Synopsis of the New Testament". 1857-67.