I call upon you, therefore, brethren, through the
compassions of God, to present your bodies a sacrifice -- living, sanctified,
acceptable to God -- your intelligent service;
and be not conformed to this age, but be transformed by the
renewing of your mind, for your proving what is the will of God -- the
good, and acceptable, and perfect.
For I say, through the grace that was given to me, to every
one who is among you, not to think above what it behoveth to think; but to
think so as to think wisely, as to each God did deal a measure of faith,
for as in one body we have many members, and all the members
have not the same office,
so we, the many, one body are in Christ, and members each
one of one another.
And having gifts, different according to the grace that was
given to us; whether prophecy -- 'According to the proportion of faith!'
or ministration -- 'In the ministration!' or he who is
teaching -- 'In the teaching!'
or he who is exhorting -- 'In the exhortation!' he who is
sharing -- 'In simplicity!' he who is leading -- 'In diligence?' he who is doing
kindness -- 'In cheerfulness.'
The love unfeigned: abhorring the evil; cleaving to the
in the love of brethren, to one another kindly affectioned:
in the honour going before one another;
in the diligence not slothful; in the spirit fervent; the
in the hope rejoicing; in the tribulation enduring; in the
to the necessities of the saints communicating; the hospitality
Bless those persecuting you; bless, and curse not;
to rejoice with the rejoicing, and to weep with the weeping,
of the same mind one toward another, not minding the high
things, but with the lowly going along; become not wise in your own conceit;
giving back to no one evil for evil; providing right things
before all men.
If possible -- so far as in you -- with all men being in
not avenging yourselves, beloved, but give place to the
wrath, for it hath been written, 'Vengeance is Mine,
I will recompense again, saith the Lord;' if, then, thine
enemy doth hunger, feed him; if he doth thirst, give him drink; for this doing,
coals of fire thou shalt heap upon his head;
Be not overcome by the evil, but overcome, in the good, the