PAUL THE APOSTLE
Romans 12 ©
1 The apostle, having thus far handled in the foregoing chapters the principal articles of the Christian religion, begins now, according to his usual method in almost all his epistles, that part of this epistle which consists in exhortations to a godly Christian life, whereof the first is that we offer up ourselves to God, and be not like unto the world. 3 Afterward he earnestly and in particular exhorts those who had public offices and especial gifts in the congregation that they should not be proud of their offices or gifts, but faithfully administer and employ the same for the greatest edification of the congregation. 6 As well the teachers of the Word. 8 As the elders and deacons, 9 Adjoins several exhortations to all manner of Christian virtues, as sincere brotherly love. 11 Fervent zeal for God’s glory. 12 Hope, patience, prayer. 13 Liberality. 14 Meekness. 15 Compassion. 16 Unity, humility. 17 Forbearance. 18 Peaceableness. 19 Laying aside revengefulness. 20 Love of our enemies. 21 And steadfastness in that which is good.
I 1BESEECH you therefore, brethren, 2by the mercies of God, thata ye 3presentb4your bodies 5a living sacrifice, 6holy, acceptable unto 7God, which is your 8reasonable service.
Andc9be not conformed to 10this world: but 11be ye transformed by the renewing of your 12mind, thatd ye may 13prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, 14will of God.
For 15I say, through 16the grace givene unto me, 17to every man that is among you, notf18to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but 19to think 20soberly, according as 21Godg22hath dealt to 23every man 24the measure of faith.
25For ash we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
Soi we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
26Having then 27gifts differingj according to the grace that is given to us, whetherk28prophecy, 29let us prophesy according to the 30proportion of faith;
Orl31ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or 32he that teacheth, on teaching;
Or 33he that exhorteth, on exhortation: 34he that giveth, let him do it 35withm simplicity; 36he that ruleth, with diligence; 37he that sheweth mercy, 38withn cheerfulness.
Let 39love be 40without dissimulation. 41Abhoro that which is evil; 42cleave to that which is good.
Bep43kindly affectioned one to another 44with brotherly love; inq honour 45preferring one another;
Not 46slothful 47in business; 48fervent in spirit; 49serving the Lord;
50Rejoicingr in 51hope; patients in tribulation; continuing tinstantu in prayer;
52Distributingv to the necessity 53of saints; 54givenw to hospitality.
Blessx them which persecute you: 55bless, and 56curse not.
57Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
Bey58of the same mind one toward another. Mindz not 59high things, but 60condescend to 61men of low estate. 62Be not wise in your own conceits.
63Recompenseaa to no man evil for evil. 64Provideab things honestac in the sight of 65all men.
Ifad it be 66possible, 67as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with 68all men.
Dearly beloved, avengeae not yourselves, but rather give place unto 69wrath: for it is written, Vengeanceafis mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Thereforeag if 70thine enemy 71hunger, 72feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap 73coals of fire on his head.
Be not 74overcome 75of evil, but 76overcome evil 77with good.