1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the compassions of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, [which is] your intelligent service.
2 And be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of [your] mind, that ye may prove what [is] the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
References for Romans 12:2
    • a 12:2 - As 1Pet. 1.14: 'world' as 1Cor. 1.20.
    • b 12:2 - Lit. 'to your proving.'
      3 For I say, through the grace which has been given to me, to every one that is among you, not to have high thoughts above what he should think; but to think so as to be wise, as God has dealt to each a measure of faith.
      References for Romans 12:3
        • c 12:3 - So as to have a sober judgment, 'to think soberly,' as 'sensible,' Luke 8.35.
          4 For, as in one body we have many members, but all the members have not the same office;
          5 thus we, [being] many, are one body in Christ, and each one members one of the other.
          6 But having different gifts, according to the grace which has been given to us, whether [it be] prophecy, [let us prophesy] according to the proportion of faith;
          7 or service, [let us occupy ourselves] in service; or he that teaches, in teaching;
          8 or he that exhorts, in exhortation; he that gives, in simplicity; he that leads, with diligence; he that shews mercy, with cheerfulness.
          References for Romans 12:8
            • d 12:8 - Or 'with liberality;' from 'giving without hesitation,' or 'not avoiding to give on false excuses,' it has come to mean 'readily and liberally.'
              9 Let love be unfeigned; abhorring evil; cleaving to good:
              10 as to brotherly love, kindly affectioned towards one another: as to honour, each taking the lead in paying it to the other:
              References for Romans 12:10
                • e 12:10 - 'Taking the lead in paying it' is a paraphrase, but I know not how to present the sense more briefly.
                  11 as to diligent zealousness, not slothful; in spirit fervent; serving the Lord.
                  References for Romans 12:11
                    • f 12:11 - Or 'by the Spirit.' See Note at ch. 8.9.
                    • g 12:11 - The word means 'to serve as a bondman' douleuo. It is different from the words used for service in ver. 1 (which is from latreuo), and for service in ver. 7 (which is from diakoneo). See 1Cor. 4.1.
                      12 As regards hope, rejoicing: as regards tribulation, enduring: as regards prayer, persevering:
                      13 distributing to the necessities of the saints; given to hospitality.
                      14 Bless them that persecute you; bless, and curse not.
                      15 Rejoice with those that rejoice, weep with those that weep.
                      16 Have the same respect one for another, not minding high things, but going along with the lowly: be not wise in your own eyes:
                      References for Romans 12:16
                        • h 12:16 - Or 'with what is lowly.'
                          17 recompensing to no one evil for evil: providing things honest before all men:
                          References for Romans 12:17
                            • i 12:17 - Taking care by forethought that there should be what is comely and seemly. See 'forethought,' ch. 13.14; 2Cor. 8.21.
                              18 if possible, as far as depends on you, living in peace with all men;
                              19 not avenging yourselves, beloved, but give place to wrath; for it is written, Vengeance [belongs] to me, *I* will recompense, saith the Lord.
                              References for Romans 12:19
                                • j 12:19 - See Deut. 32.35.
                                  20 If therefore thine enemy should hunger, feed him; if he should thirst, give him drink; for, so doing, thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head.
                                  References for Romans 12:20
                                    • k 12:20 - See Prov. 25.21-22.
                                      21 Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.