Compare Romans 12:9-10 in Four Translations

Romans 12:9 GW

Love sincerely. Hate evil. Hold on to what is good. Be devoted to each other like a loving family. Excel in showing respect for each other.
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
Meaning-for-Meaning (Closest Natural Equivalence)

Love must be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil, cling to what is good.  Be devoted to one another with mutual love, showing eagerness in honoring one another.
New English Translation (NET)
Word-for-Word (Formal Equivalence)



Your love must be real. Hate what is evil, and hold on to what is good.  Love each other like brothers and sisters. Give each other more honor than you want for yourselves.
New Century Version (NCV)
Thought-for-Thought (Functional Equivalence)

Be sincere in your love for others. Hate everything that is evil and hold tight to everything that is good. Love each other as brothers and sisters and honor others more than you do yourself.
Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Paraphrase (Retelling)

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