17 [a]Now I beseech you brethren, [b]mark them diligently which cause division and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned, and (A)avoid them.

18 For they that are such, serve not the Lord Jesus Christ but their own bellies, and with [c]fair speech and flattering deceive the hearts of the simple.

19 [d]For your obedience is come abroad among all: I am glad therefore of you: but yet I would have you [e]wise unto that which is good, and [f]simple concerning evil.

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 16:17 As by namely describing them, which were worthy of commendation, he sufficiently declared when they ought to hear and follow, so doth he now point out unto them whom they ought to take heed of, yet he nameth them not, for that it was not needful.
  2. Romans 16:17 Warily and diligently, as though you should scout out for your enemies in a watch tower.
  3. Romans 16:18 The word which he useth, signifieth a promising which performeth nothing, and if thou hearest any such, thou mayest assure thyself that he that promiseth thee is more careful of thy matters, than of his own.
  4. Romans 16:19 Simplicity must be joined with wisdom.
  5. Romans 16:19 Furnished with the knowledge of the truth, and wisdom, that you may embrace good things, and eschew evil, beware of the deceits and snares of false prophets, and resist them openly: and this place doth plainly destroy the Papists’ faith of credit, whereas they maintain it to be sufficient for one man to believe as another man believeth, without further knowledge, or examination what the matter is, or what ground it hath: using these daily speeches, We believe as our fathers believed, and we believe as the Church believeth.
  6. Romans 16:19 As men that know no way to deceive, much less to deceive in deed.

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