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Watch Out For False Teachers

17 Now I urge you, brothers, to be watching-out-for the ones producing the dissensions and the causes-of-falling contrary to the teaching which you learned, and be turning-away from them. 18 For such ones are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own stomach. And by smooth-talk and flattery[a] they deceive the hearts of the guileless[b] ones. 19 For your obedience reached to all, therefore I am rejoicing over you. But I want you to be wise with-reference-to[c] the good and innocent[d] with-reference-to the evil.

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  1. Romans 16:18 Or, false eloquence, good-sounding argument. Paul may mean their good speech about you (flattery); or their good-sounding but false speech regarding what they are teaching.
  2. Romans 16:18 Or, innocent, unsuspecting.
  3. Romans 16:19 Or, for the purpose of.
  4. Romans 16:19 Or, pure.

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