Romans 12:15


King James Version (KJV)

Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

American King James Version (AKJV)

Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

American Standard Version (ASV)

Rejoice with them that rejoice; weep with them that weep.

Basic English Translation (BBE)

Take part in the joy of those who are glad, and in the grief of those who are sorrowing.

Webster's Revision

Rejoice with them that rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

World English Bible

Rejoice with those who rejoice. Weep with those who weep.

English Revised Version (ERV)

Rejoice with them that rejoice; weep with them that weep.

Clarke's Romans 12:15 Bible Commentary

Rejoice with them that do rejoice - Take a lively interest in the prosperity of others. Let it be a matter of rejoicing to you when you hear of the health, prosperity, or happiness of any brother.

Weep with them that weep - Labour after a compassionate or sympathizing mind. Let your heart feel for the distressed; enter into their sorrows, and bear a part of their burdens. It is a fact, attested by universal experience, that by sympathy a man may receive into his own affectionate feelings a measure of the distress of his friend, and that his friend does find himself relieved in the same proportion as the other has entered into his griefs. "But how do you account for this?" I do not account for it at all, it depends upon certain laws of nature, the principles of which have not been as yet duly developed.

Barnes's Romans 12:15 Bible Commentary

Rejoice with them ... - This command grows out of the doctrine stated in Romans 12:4-5, that the church is one; that it has one interest; and therefore that there should be common sympathy in its joys and sorrows. Or, enter into the welfare of your fellow-Christians, and show your attachment to them by rejoicing that they are made happy; compare 1 Corinthians 12:26, "And whether .... one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it." In this way happiness diffuses and multiplies itself. It becomes expanded over the face of the whole society; and the union of the Christian body tends to enlarge the sphere of happiness and to prolong the joy conferred by religion. God has bound the family of man together by these sympathies, and it is one of the happiest of all devices to perpetuate and extend human enjoyments.

Weep ... - See the note at John 11:35. At the grave of Lazarus our Saviour evinced this in a most tender and affecting manner. The design of this direction is to produce mutual kindness and affection, and to divide our sorrows by the sympathies of friends. Nothing is so well suited to do this as the sympathy of those we love. All who are afflicted know how much it diminishes their sorrow to see others sympathizing with them, and especially those who evince in their sympathies the Christian spirit. How sad would be a suffering world if there were none who regarded our griefs with interest or with tears! if every sufferer were left to bear his sorrows unpitied and alone! and if all the ties of human sympathy were rudely cut at once, and people were left to suffer in solitude and unbefriended! It may be added that it is the special duty of Christians to sympathize in each other's griefs:

(1) Because their Saviour set them the example;

(2) Because they belong to the same family;

(3) Because they are subject to similar trials and afflictions; and,

(4) Because they cannot expect the sympathy of a cold and unfeeling world.

Wesley's Romans 12:15 Bible Commentary

12:15 Rejoice - The direct opposite to weeping is laughter; but this does not so well suit a Christian.

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