To the Romans 12:1-21

  • Present your bodies as a living sacrifice (1, 2)

  • Different gifts but one body (3-8)

  • Advice on true Christian living (9-21)

12  Therefore, I appeal to you by the compassions of God, brothers, to present your bodies+ as a living sacrifice, holy+ and acceptable to God, a sacred service with your power of reason.+  And stop being molded by this system of things,* but be transformed by making your mind over,+ so that you may prove to yourselves+ the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.  For through the undeserved kindness given to me, I tell everyone there among you not to think more of himself than it is necessary to think,+ but to think so as to have a sound mind, each one as God has given* to him a measure of faith.+  For just as we have in one body many members,+ but the members do not all have the same function,  so we, although many, are one body in union with Christ, but individually we are members belonging to one another.+  Since, then, we have gifts that differ according to the undeserved kindness given to us,+ if it is of prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith;  or if it is a ministry, let us be at this ministry; or the one who teaches, let him be at his teaching;+  or the one who encourages,* let him give encouragement;*+ the one who distributes,* let him do it liberally;+ the one who presides,* let him do it diligently;*+ the one who shows mercy, let him do it cheerfully.+  Let your love be without hypocrisy.+ Abhor what is wicked;+ cling to what is good. 10  In brotherly love have tender affection for one another. In showing honor to one another, take the lead.*+ 11  Be industrious,* not lazy.*+ Be aglow with the spirit.+ Slave for Jehovah.*+ 12  Rejoice in the hope. Endure under tribulation.+ Persevere in prayer.+ 13  Share with the holy ones according to their needs.+ Follow the course of hospitality.+ 14  Keep on blessing those who persecute;+ bless and do not curse.+ 15  Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. 16  Have the same attitude toward others as toward yourselves; do not set your mind on lofty things,* but be led along with the lowly things.+ Do not become wise in your own eyes.+ 17  Return evil for evil to no one.+ Take into consideration what is fine from the viewpoint of* all men. 18  If possible, as far as it depends on you, be peaceable with all men.+ 19  Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but yield place to the wrath;*+ for it is written: “‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay,’ says Jehovah.”*+ 20  But “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing this you will heap fiery coals on his head.”*+ 21  Do not let yourself be conquered by the evil, but keep conquering the evil with the good.+


Or “this age.” See Glossary.
Or “apportioned; distributed.”
Or “earnestly.”
Or “takes the lead.”
Or “contributes.”
Or “exhortation.”
Or “exhorts.”
Or “initiative.”
Or “diligent; zealous.”
Or “Do not loiter at your business.”
Or “cultivate lofty ideas.”
Or “in the sight of.”
That is, God’s wrath.
That is, to soften the person and melt his hardness.