Romans 12:19-21

Marks of the True Christian

19 Beloved, h do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, i "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," 1 says the Lord. 20 Therefore
j "If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head." 2
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but k overcome evil with good.

  1. Cross References
    Leviticus 19:18
    You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.
  2. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:35
    Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; Their foot shall slip in due time; For the day of their calamity is at hand, And the things to come hasten upon them.
    Psalms 94:1
    O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongs - O God, to whom vengeance belongs, shine forth!
    1 Thessalonians 4:6
    That no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified.
    Hebrews 10:30
    For we know Him who said, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. And again, "The LORD will judge His people.
  3. Cross References
    2 Kings 6:22
    But he answered, "You shall not kill them. Would you kill those whom you have taken captive with your sword and your bow? Set food and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master.
    Proverbs 25:21
    If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
    Proverbs 25:22
    For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, And the LORD will reward you.
    Matthew 5:44
    But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.
    Luke 6:27
    But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.
  4. Cross References
    Romans 12:1
    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
    Romans 12:2
    And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.