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Romans 12:1–16:27

Living Sacrifices to God

12 I abeseech 1you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies ba living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your 2reasonable service. And cdo not be conformed to this world, but dbe transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may eprove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Serve God with Spiritual Gifts

For I say, fthrough the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, gnot to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt hto each one a measure of faith. For ias we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so jwe, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is kgiven to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us lprophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; mhe who teaches, in teaching; nhe who exhorts, in exhortation; ohe who gives, with liberality; phe who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, qwith cheerfulness.

Behave Like a Christian

rLet love be without hypocrisy. sAbhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 tBe kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, uin honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 vrejoicing in hope, wpatient 3in tribulation, xcontinuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 ydistributing to the needs of the saints, zgiven 4to hospitality.

14 aBless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 bRejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 cBe of the same mind toward one another. dDo not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

17 eRepay no one evil for evil. fHave 5regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, glive peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, hdo not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, i“Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore

j“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;

If he is thirsty, give him a drink;

For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but kovercome evil with good.

Submit to Government

13 Let every soul be asubject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists bthe authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will 1bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? cDo what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore dyou must be subject, not only because of wrath ebut also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. fRender therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.

Love Your Neighbor

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for ghe who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, h“You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” 2“You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, i“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore jlove is the fulfillment of the law.

Put on Christ

11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time kto awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. lTherefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and mlet us put on the armor of light. 13 nLet us walk 3properly, as in the day, onot in revelry and drunkenness, pnot in lewdness and lust, qnot in strife and envy. 14 But rput on the Lord Jesus Christ, and smake no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

The Law of Liberty

14 Receive aone who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. For one believes he bmay eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and clet not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him. dWho are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.

eOne person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who fobserves the day, observes it to the Lord; 1and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for ghe gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. For hnone of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. For if we ilive, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For jto this end Christ died 2and rose and lived again, that He might be kLord of both the dead and the living. 10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For lwe shall all stand before the judgment seat of 3Christ. 11 For it is written:

m“As I live, says the Lord,

Every knee shall bow to Me,

And every tongue shall confess to God.”

12 So then neach of us shall give account of himself to God. 13 Therefore let us not judge one another 4anymore, but rather resolve this, onot to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.

The Law of Love

14 I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus pthat there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15 Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love. qDo not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died. 16 rTherefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; 17 sfor the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and tpeace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 For he who serves Christ in 5these things uis acceptable to God and approved by men.

19 vTherefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which wone may 6edify another. 20 xDo not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. yAll things indeed are pure, zbut it is evil for the man who eats with 7offense. 21 It is good neither to eat ameat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles 8or is offended or is made weak. 22 9Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. bHappy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. 23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for cwhatever is not from faith is 1sin.

Bearing Others’ Burdens

15 We athen who are strong ought to bear with the 1scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. bLet each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to 2edification. cFor even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, d“The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” For ewhatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the 3patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. fNow may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may gwith one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Glorify God Together

Therefore hreceive one another, just ias Christ also received 4us, to the glory of God. Now I say that jJesus Christ has become a 5servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, kto confirm the promises made to the fathers, and lthat the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written:

m“For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles,

And sing to Your name.”

10 And again he says:

n“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people!”

11 And again:

o“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles!

Laud Him, all you peoples!”

12 And again, Isaiah says:

p“There shall be a root of Jesse;

And He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles,

In Him the Gentiles shall hope.”

13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all qjoy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

From Jerusalem to Illyricum

14 Now rI myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, sfilled with all knowledge, able also to admonish 6one another. 15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more boldly to you on some points, as reminding you, tbecause of the grace given to me by God, 16 that uI might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the voffering 7of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. 17 Therefore I have reason to glory in Christ Jesus win the things which pertain to God. 18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things xwhich Christ has not accomplished through me, in word and deed, yto make the Gentiles obedient—19 zin mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. 20 And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, alest I should build on another man’s foundation, 21 but as it is written:

b“To whom He was not announced, they shall see;

And those who have not heard shall understand.”

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22 For this reason cI also have been much hindered from coming to you. 23 But now no longer having a place in these parts, and

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