Parallel Verses

International Standard Version

Live like free people, and do not use your freedom as an excuse for doing evil. Instead, be God's servants.

New American Standard Bible

Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God.

King James Version

As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

Holman Bible

As God’s slaves, live as free people, but don’t use your freedom as a way to conceal evil.

A Conservative Version

As free, and not having your freedom as a cover-up of evil, but as bondmen of God.

American Standard Version

as free, and not using your freedom for a cloak of wickedness, but as bondservants of God.

Amplified

[Live] as free people, [yet] without employing your freedom as a pretext for wickedness; but [live at all times] as servants of God.

An Understandable Version

As servants of God, you should live as free people, but do not use this freedom to cover up your wrongdoing.

Anderson New Testament

as being free, and yet not using your freedom as a cloak for malice, but as servants of God.

Bible in Basic English

As those who are free, not using your free position as a cover for wrongdoing, but living as the servants of God;

Common New Testament

Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a covering for evil; live as servants of God.

Daniel Mace New Testament

men. You are free, don't let your liberty serve as a pretext for vice: but act as the servants

Darby Translation

as free, and not as having liberty as a cloak of malice, but as God's bondmen.

Emphatic Diaglott Bible

Live as freemen, yet do not use your freedom as a covering of wickedness; but as the servants of God.

Godbey New Testament

as free, and not as having the freedom as a cover of evil, but as servants of God.

Goodspeed New Testament

Live like free men, only do not make your freedom an excuse for doing wrong, but be slaves of God.

John Wesley New Testament

yet not having your liberty for a cloak of wickedness, but as the servants of God.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

as being free, yet not using your liberty to cover maliciousness, but as slaves of God.

Julia Smith Translation

As free, and as not having liberty for a covering of wickedness, but as the servants of God.

King James 2000

As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

Lexham Expanded Bible

[Live] as free [persons], and not using your freedom as a covering for evil, but as slaves of God.

Modern King James verseion

as free, and not having freedom as a cover of evil, but as servants of God.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

as free, and not as having the liberty for a cloak of maliciousness: but even as the servants of God.

Moffatt New Testament

Live like free men, only do not make your freedom a pretext for misconduct; live like servants of God.

Montgomery New Testament

Live like free men; and yet do not make your freedom a cloak for misconduct, but be the slaves of God.

NET Bible

Live as free people, not using your freedom as a pretext for evil, but as God's slaves.

New Heart English Bible

as free, and not using your freedom for a cloak of wickedness, but as bondservants of God.

Noyes New Testament

as free, and not using your freedom for a cloak of wickedness, but as servants of God.

Sawyer New Testament

as free, and not using freedom for a cloak of vice, but as servants of God.

The Emphasized Bible

As free, yet, not as a cloak of vice, holding your freedom, but, as God's servants.

Thomas Haweis New Testament

as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for wicked practices; but as being servants of God.

Twentieth Century New Testament

Act as free men, yet not using your freedom as those do who make it a cloak for wickedness, but as Servants of God.

Webster

As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

Weymouth New Testament

Be free men, and yet do not make your freedom an excuse for base conduct, but be God's bondservants.

Williams New Testament

Live like free men, only do not make your freedom a pretext for doing evil, but live like slaves of God.

World English Bible

as free, and not using your freedom for a cloak of wickedness, but as bondservants of God.

Worrell New Testament

as free, and not holding your freedom as a cloak for wickedness, but as servants of God.

Worsley New Testament

as free, and yet not using your liberty as a cloke for wickedness, but as the servants of God.

Youngs Literal Translation

as free, and not having the freedom as the cloak of the evil, but as servants of God;

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
As
ὡς 
Hos 
as, when, how, as it were, about,
Usage: 417

ἐλεύθερος 
Eleutheros 
Usage: 21

and

and, also, even, both, then, so, likewise, not tr., , vr and
Usage: 0

not
μή 
me 
not, no, that not, God forbid 9, lest, neither, no man , but, none, not translated,
Usage: 493

ἔχω 
Echo 
have, be, need , , vr have
Usage: 479

ἐλευθερία 
Eleutheria 
Usage: 11

for
ὡς 
Hos 
as, when, how, as it were, about,
Usage: 417

a cloke
ἐπικάλυμα 
Epikaluma 
Usage: 1

κακία 
Kakia 
Usage: 10

but
ἀλλά 
Alla 
but, yea, yet, nevertheless, howbeit, nay, therefore, save, not tr,
Usage: 461

as
ὡς 
Hos 
as, when, how, as it were, about,
Usage: 417

the servants
δοῦλος 
Doulos 
Usage: 65

Context Readings

A Call To Good Works

15 For it is God's will that by doing right you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live like free people, and do not use your freedom as an excuse for doing evil. Instead, be God's servants. 17 Honor everyone. Keep on loving the community of believers, fearing God, and honoring the king.



Cross References

Romans 6:22

But now that you have been freed from sin and have become God's slaves, the benefit you reap is sanctification, and the result is eternal life.

1 Corinthians 7:22

For the slave who has been called to belong to the Lord is the Lord's free person. In the same way, the free person who has been called is the Messiah's slave.

James 1:25

But the one who looks at the perfect law of freedom and remains committed to it thereby demonstrating that he is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of what that law requires will be blessed in what he does.

Matthew 23:13

"How terrible it will be for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door to the kingdom from heaven in people's faces. You don't go in yourselves, and you don't allow those who are trying to enter to go in.

John 8:32-36

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

John 15:22

"If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have any sin. But now they have no excuse for their sin.

Romans 6:18

And since you have been freed from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness.

Galatians 5:1

The Messiah has set us free so that we may enjoy the benefits of freedom. So keep on standing firm in it, and stop putting yourselves under the yoke of slavery again.

Galatians 5:13

For you, brothers, were called to freedom. Only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity to gratify your flesh, but through love make it your habit to serve one another.

Ephesians 6:6

Do not do this only while you're being watched in order to please them, but be like slaves of the Messiah, who are determined to obey God's will.

Colossians 3:24

You know that it is from the Lord that you will receive the inheritance as a reward. It is the Lord Messiah whom you are serving!

1 Thessalonians 2:5

As you know, we did not come with flattering words or with a scheme to make money. God is our witness!

James 2:12

You must make it your habit to speak and act like people who are going to be judged by the law of liberty.

2 Peter 2:19

Promising them freedom, they themselves are slaves to depravity, for a person is a slave to whatever conquers him.

Jude 1:4

For some people have slipped in among you unnoticed. They were written about long ago as being deserving of this condemnation because they are ungodly. They turn the grace of our God into uncontrollable lust and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus the Messiah.

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