12 Consequently I entreat YOU by the compassions of God, brothers, to present YOUR bodies+ a sacrifice+ living,+ holy,+ acceptable to God,+ a sacred service*+ with YOUR power of reason.+ 2 And quit being fashioned+ after this system of things,* but be transformed by making YOUR mind over,+ that YOU may prove to yourselves+ the good and acceptable and perfect will+ of God. 3 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 distributed to him a measure+ of faith.+ 4 For just as we have in one body many members,+ but the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, although many, are one body+ in union with Christ, but members belonging individually to one another.+ 6 Since, then, we have gifts differing+ according to the undeserved kindness+ given to us, whether prophecy, [let us prophesy] according to the faith proportioned [to us]; 7 or a ministry, [let us be] at this ministry;+ or he that teaches,+ [let him be] at his teaching;+ 8 or he that exhorts, [let him be] at his exhortation;+ he that distributes, [let him do it] with liberality;+ he that presides,*+ [let him do it] in real earnest; he that shows mercy,+ [let him do it] with cheerfulness. 9 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 Do not loiter at YOUR business.+ 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;+ be blessing+ and do not be cursing.+ 15 Rejoice with people who rejoice;+ weep with people who weep. 16 Be minded the same way toward others as to yourselves;+ do not be minding lofty things,+ but be led along with the lowly things.+ Do not become discreet in YOUR own eyes.+ 17 Return evil for evil+ to no one. Provide fine things in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, as far as it depends upon 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 upon his head.”+ 21 Do not let yourself be conquered by the evil, but keep conquering the evil with the good.+
^ “A sacred service.” Gr., la·treiʹan; J17(Heb.), ʽavoh·dhath·khemʹ, “your service (worship).” See Ex 12:25 ftn.
^ Or, “order of things.” Gr., ai·oʹni; Lat., saeʹcu·lo.
^ Or, “that acts as leader.”
^ See App 1D.
^ See App 1D.