- Reading the Text:
- NRSV (with link to Anglicized NRSV) at Oremus Bible Browser.
- Greek Interlinear Bible, ScrTR, ScrTR t, Strong, Parsing, CGTS, CGES id, AV.
- The Bible Gateway: NRSV, RSV, NIV, NASB, CEV, The Message, KJV, etc.
- The Blue Letter Bible. KJV, alternate versions, Greek text with concordance, commentaries.
- The World Wide Study Bible includes commentary, exposition and sermons.
- Historical References, Commentary and
- Comparative World Scriptures from United Communities of Spirit
- Chapter VI, The Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians, Polycarp of Smyrna (c 115).
- Similitude IV, Shepherd of Hermas. (c.145)
- V.XXII.2, Adversus Haereses, Irenaeus of Lyons. (c. 180)
- II.6, Paedagogus, Clement of Alexandria (c 200)
- II.9, IV.7, IV.16, Stromata, Clement of Alexandria (c 200)
- Chapter X, On Patience, Tertullian (c. 202)
- II.18, Against Marcion, Tertullian (c. 208)
- IV.16, Against Marcion, Tertullian (c. 210)
- Chapter VI, Exhortation to Chastity, Tertullian (c. 210)
- Chapter XIII, On Idolatry, Tertullian (c. 211)
- V.14, Against Marcion, Tertullian (c. 212)
- II.VIII.3, First Principles (De Principiis), Origen. (c.225)
- VIII.XXXVIII, Against Celsus, Origen (c. 246)
- An Address to Demetrianus -- Cyprian of Carthage (c. 252)
- Chapter XIV, Historia Calamitatusm: The Story of My Misfortunes, Pierre Abélard / Peter Abelard, c. 1140.
- "Gifts and Works of Christ's Members," Romans 12:6-16, Martin Luther, c. 1522.
- From Martin Luther's Bible Commentary (1545).
- From the Geneva Notes.
- "There is nothing that disrupts harmony as much as seeking glory, when every man detests a base estate, and ambitiously seeks to be exalted."
- "It is but mock love, which rests in words of kindness, while our brethren need real supplies, and it is in our power to furnish them."
- "It is remarkable, that the apostle, treating expressly of the duties flowing from the communion of saints, yet never says one word about the dead."
- From the
Commentary on the Whole Bible
(Jamieson, Fausset and Brown, 1871).
- "Of the two, however, it is more easy to sympathize with another's sorrows than his joys, because in the one case he needs us; in the other not."
Instant, Expectant," Romans 12:12, Charles H. Spurgeon, 1879.
- "Some have a way of flashing a prayer or two, but their piety is only a dying light, it will all be over soon. Continue instant in prayer, it shall be the test of whether your prayer is a lamp of the Lord or a dying light of your own kindling."
- From The People's
New Testament, B.W. Johnson, 1891.
- "Do not seek for official or social distinction. Obedience to this would eliminate caste from the church."
- Contemporary Commentary, Studies and Exegesis:
- Radical Gratitude, lectionary-based stewardship, Northwest United Methodist Foundation. (.pdf)
Romans 12:9-21, Mary Hinkle Shore, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2011.
- "All of the verbal forms are plural. The words are a window on what life in Christ looks like in community."
- Lectionary Blogging, August 28, 2011, John Petty, Progressive Involvement, 2011.
- " Matthew means these words as words of reassurance. There will be a reward for the sacrifice of Jesus' disciples."
Romans 12:9-21, Mark Reasoner, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2008.
- "After discussing how God has gifted various church members with faith appropriate for different roles in the church, Paul offers a poetic composition on how love reaches for the common good in the church."
Thoughts on Year A Epistle Passages in the Lectionary,"
Pentecost 11, William Loader, Murdoch University, Uniting Church in
- "Without reconciliation or acknowledged difference there can be no balance. Paul is also realistic. Peace is not always possible (12:18). We need to bear that in mind when Paul urges submission to the structures of authority in society in the next chapter. Sometimes it is not possible."
Dylan's Lectionary Blog,
Proper 18. Biblical Scholar
Sarah Dylan Breuer looks at readings for the coming Sunday in the lectionary
of the Episcopal Church.
- "The Good News that you heard included an invitation: right now, as you are, you can be a part of something -- specifically, a member of the Body of Christ...The tricky part is that the Body of Christ includes an awful lot of people who are every bit as difficult as we are."