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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans

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Romans (1-8)

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Romans 12

        1Therefore, I call on [or, plead with] you*, brothers [and sisters], through the compassions of God, to present your* bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God [which is] your* rational, sacred service. 2And [you* are] to stop conforming yourselves to this age, but [are] to continue being transformed [Gr., metamorphoomai] by the renewal of your* mind, in order for you* to be proving what [is] the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

            3For I say, through the grace, the one having been given to me, to every[one] being among you*, stop thinking too highly of yourselves beyond what it is necessary to be thinking, but be thinking [so as] to be thinking sensibly, to each as God apportioned a measure of faith. 4For just as we have many body parts in one body, but all the body parts do not have the same function, 5so we, the many, are one body in Christ, but parts each one of one another.

        6Now we have spiritual gifts of various kinds according to the grace, the one having been given to us: whether prophecy, according to the proportion of the faith; 7whether ministry, in the ministry; whether the one teaching, in the teaching; 8whether the one exhorting [or, encouraging], in the exhortation [or, encouragement]; the one sharing, with generosity; the one leading, with diligence; the one showing mercy, with cheerfulness.

            9[Let] love [be] sincere; be abhorring the evil; be clinging to the good. 10[Be] warmly devoted to one another with brotherly love [fig., affection for fellow-believers], giving preference to one another in honor, 11not lagging in diligence, boiling [fig., being fervent] in spirit [or, in the Spirit], serving as a slave to the Lord, 12rejoicing in the hope [or, confident expectation], enduring in affliction, persevering in prayer, 13contributing to the needs of the holy ones, pursuing hospitality.

            14Be blessing the ones persecuting you*; be blessing, and stop cursing. 15[You* are] to be rejoicing with rejoicing [ones] and to be weeping with weeping [ones]. 16Be having the same mind towards one another. Stop having the high [things] in mind, but be associating with the lowly [or, the ones of humble circumstances]. Stop becoming wise in your* own conceit, 17repaying to no one evil for evil, having regard for good [things] before all people.

            18If possible, the [thing] of you* [fig., as much as it depends on you*], be living in peace with all people, 19not avenging yourselves, beloved, but give place to [fig., make room for] the wrath [of God], for it has been written, “Vengeance [is] Mine, I will repay,” says [the] Lord. [Deut 32:35] 20“So if your enemy is hungering, be feeding him; if he thirsts, be giving him to drink; for doing this, you will heap coals of fire on his head.” [Prov 25:21,22, LXX] 21Stop being overcome by evil, but be overcoming evil with good.

Scripture taken from the Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament of the Holy Bible: Third Edition.
Copyright 2007 by Gary F. Zeolla of Darkness to Light ministry (www.zeolla.org/christian).
Previously copyrighted 1999, 2001, 2005 by Gary F. Zeolla.

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