Parallel Verses

Godbey New Testament

not slothful in business; boiling over in spirit; serving the Lord;

New American Standard Bible

not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

King James Version

Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Holman Bible

Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord.

International Standard Version

Never be lazy in showing such devotion. Be on fire with the Spirit. Serve the Lord.

A Conservative Version

not lazy in diligence, being fervent in the Spirit serving the Lord,

American Standard Version

in diligence not slothful; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;


never lagging behind in diligence; aglow in the Spirit, enthusiastically serving the Lord;

An Understandable Version

Be enthusiastic instead of lazy. Be fervent in your spirit [Note: Some translators take "spirit" here to refer to the "Holy Spirit"], [as you] serve the Lord.

Anderson New Testament

in what requires diligence, be not slothful; in spirit, be fervent; in service, be devoted to the Lord;

Bible in Basic English

Be not slow in your work, but be quick in spirit, as the Lord's servants;

Common New Testament

Never be lacking in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.

Daniel Mace New Testament

in business be not slothful, but of an active mind, making the best use of every incident.

Darby Translation

as to diligent zealousness, not slothful; in spirit fervent; serving the Lord.

Goodspeed New Testament

not wanting in devotion, but on fire with the Spirit. Serve the Lord.

John Wesley New Testament

Not slothful in business, servent in spirit, serving the Lord:

Julia Smith Translation

In study not slothful; boiling in the spirit; serving the Lord;

King James 2000

Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Lexham Expanded Bible

not lagging in diligence, being enthusiastic in spirit, serving the Lord,

Modern King James verseion

As to diligence, not slothful, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Let not that business which ye have in hand be tedious to you. Be fervent in the spirit. Apply yourselves to the time.

Moffatt New Testament

never let your zeal flag; maintain the spiritual glow; serve the Lord;

Montgomery New Testament

In your diligence be free from sloth. Be glowing in spirit. Slave for the master.

NET Bible

Do not lag in zeal, be enthusiastic in spirit, serve the Lord.

New Heart English Bible

not lagging in diligence; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Noyes New Testament

Be not backward in zeal; be fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.

Sawyer New Testament

be not slothful in business, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord,

The Emphasized Bible

In business, not slothful, in spirit, fervent, to the Lord, doing service,

Thomas Haweis New Testament

not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord:

Twentieth Century New Testament

Never flagging in zeal; fervent in spirit; serving the Master;


Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Weymouth New Testament

Do not be indolent when zeal is required. Be thoroughly warm-hearted, the Lord's own servants,

Williams New Testament

never slack in earnestness, always on fire with the Spirit, always serving the Lord,

World English Bible

not lagging in diligence; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Worrell New Testament

in diligence, not slothful; in spirit, fervent, serving the Lord;

Worsley New Testament

not slothful in business: fervent in spirit: serving the Lord.

Youngs Literal Translation

in the diligence not slothful; in the spirit fervent; the Lord serving;


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

Usage: 2

Usage: 12

Usage: 2

in spirit
Usage: 334

serve, be in bondage, do service
Usage: 20


Devotionals containing Romans 12:11



Context Readings

Living In Love

10 kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another; 11 not slothful in business; boiling over in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing steadfastly in prayer;

Cross References

Acts 18:25

And he was instructed in the way of the Lord, and zealous in spirit, was speaking and teaching accurately the things concerning Jesus, knowing only the baptism of John;

Ephesians 4:28

Let the one stealing steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his own hands doing that which is good, that he may have to give to the one having need.

Hebrews 6:10-11

For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and the divine love which you manifested in his name, having ministered to the saints, and ministering.

Matthew 24:12

And because iniquity doth abound, the divine love of many will grow cold.

Matthew 25:26

And his Lord responding said to him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, didst thou know that I gather where I have not sown, and reap where I have not strewn?

Acts 20:19

serving the Lord with all humility, and tears, and temptations, which came upon me through the plots of the Jews:

Acts 20:34-35

you yourselves know, that these hands did minister to my necessities, and those along with me.

1 Corinthians 7:22

For the one having been called in the Lord, being a slave, is the Lord's freeman: likewise the one having been called, while free, is the slave of Christ.

Ephesians 6:5-8

Ye servants, obey those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in purity of your heart, as unto Christ;

Colossians 3:22-24

Ye servants, obey your masters according to the flesh in all things; not with eye-service, pleasing men, but of purity of heart, fearing the Lord.

Colossians 4:1

Masters, award unto the servants that which is right and equal; knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

Colossians 4:12-13

Epaphras, who is from you, the servant of Jesus Christ, always agonizing in your behalf in his prayers, in order that you may stand perfect even having been fully carried away in all the will of God, salutes you.

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

and that you aspire to be quiet, and to prosecute your own employments, and work with your hands, as we proclaimed unto you;

2 Thessalonians 3:6-12

And we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks about disorderly, and not according to the teaching they received from us.

1 Timothy 5:13

and at the same time they learn to be idle, going about houses; and not only idle, but also loquacious even busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.

Titus 2:9-10

That servants submit to their own masters, that they be obedient in all things; not speaking back;

Hebrews 12:28

Therefore receiving an unshaken kingdom, let us have grace, through which we may worship God acceptably with reverence and fear:

James 5:16

Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, in order that you may be healed: the inward working prayer of a righteous man avails much.

1 Peter 1:22

Having purified your souls through obedience of the truth unto unhypocritical, brotherly love, fervently from the heart love one another with divine love:

1 Peter 4:8

before all things having divine love stedfast toward one another; because divine love covers a multitude of sins:

Revelation 2:4

But I have something against you, because you have left your first love.

Revelation 3:15-16

I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I would that you were either cold or hot.

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