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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.dtl.org).
Previously copyrighted © 1999, 2001, 2005 by Gary F. Zeolla.
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