Parallel Verses

NET Bible

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

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.

International Standard Version

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

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, but do not use your freedom as a cover or pretext for evil, but [use it and live] as bond-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.

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.

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 God wants you to silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good. 16 Live as free people, not using your freedom as a pretext for evil, but as God's slaves. 17 Honor all people, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the king.



Cross References

Romans 6:22

But now, freed from sin and enslaved to God, you have your benefit leading to sanctification, and the end is eternal life.

1 Corinthians 7:22

For the one who was called in the Lord as a slave is the Lord's freedman. In the same way, the one who was called as a free person is Christ's slave.

James 1:25

But the one who peers into the perfect law of liberty and fixes his attention there, and does not become a forgetful listener but one who lives it out -- he will be blessed in what he does.

Matthew 23:13

"But woe to you, experts in the law and you Pharisees, hypocrites! You keep locking people out of the kingdom of heaven! For you neither enter nor permit those 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 be guilty of sin. But they no longer have any excuse for their sin.

Romans 6:18

and having been freed from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness.

Galatians 5:1

For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be subject again to the yoke of slavery.

Galatians 5:13

For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity to indulge your flesh, but through love serve one another.

Ephesians 6:6

not like those who do their work only when someone is watching -- as people-pleasers -- but as slaves of Christ doing the will of God from the heart.

Colossians 3:24

because you know that you will receive your inheritance from the Lord as the reward. Serve the Lord Christ.

1 Thessalonians 2:5

For we never appeared with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed -- God is our witness --

James 2:12

Speak and act as those who will be judged by a law that gives freedom.

2 Peter 2:19

Although these false teachers promise such people freedom, they themselves are enslaved to immorality. For whatever a person succumbs to, to that he is enslaved.

Jude 1:4

For certain men have secretly slipped in among you -- men who long ago were marked out for the condemnation I am about to describe -- ungodly men who have turned the grace of our God into a license for evil and who deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

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