Romans 12:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 12:13, NIV: "Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality."

Romans 12:13, ESV: "Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality."

Romans 12:13, KJV: "Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality."

Romans 12:13, NASB: "contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality."

Romans 12:13, NLT: "When God's people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality."

Romans 12:13, CSB: "Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality."

What does Romans 12:13 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

So far, Paul has written generally that Christians must be devoted to each other. They should show brotherly affection and honor to one another. The two commands in this verse describes practical ways we can do that.

First, Paul writes that we must contribute to the needs of other believers. The practice of the church in its earliest days was for wealthier Christians to sell their belongings to meet the physical needs of Christians who were not as well off. Not only did these acts of sacrificial giving demonstrate sincere service to God, they demonstrated to other believers and the watching world that these Christians practiced what they talked about.

In the same way, we are commanded to show hospitality to each other. The world can be a cold, lonely, and dangerous place. One hallmark of the Christian community is that it is meant to offer safe and welcoming spaces to believers through the hospitality of other believers. Traveling from town to town in Paul's day was always a risk. Christians welcomed by other genuine believers as they passed through or arrived in a new town were protected from thieves, weather, and violence. We're called to provide the same service to each other, in the contexts of our own individual cultures.