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.
And be not conformed a to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of [your] mind, that ye may prove b what [is] the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
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, c as God has dealt to each a measure of faith.
For, as in one body we have many members, but all the members have not the same office;
thus we, [being] many, are one body in Christ, and each one members one of the other.
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;
or service, [let us occupy ourselves] in service; or he that teaches, in teaching;
or he that exhorts, in exhortation; he that gives, in simplicity; d he that leads, with diligence; he that shews mercy, with cheerfulness.
Let love be unfeigned; abhorring evil; cleaving to good:
as to brotherly love, kindly affectioned towards one another: as to honour, each taking the lead in paying it e to the other:
as to diligent zealousness, not slothful; in spirit f fervent; serving g the Lord.
As regards hope, rejoicing: as regards tribulation, enduring: as regards prayer, persevering:
distributing to the necessities of the saints; given to hospitality.
Bless them that persecute you; bless, and curse not.
Rejoice with those that rejoice, weep with those that weep.
Have the same respect one for another, not minding high things, but going along with the lowly: h be not wise in your own eyes:
recompensing to no one evil for evil: providing i things honest before all men:
if possible, as far as depends on you, living in peace with all men;
not avenging yourselves, beloved, but give place to wrath; for it is written, j Vengeance [belongs] to me, *I* will recompense, saith the Lord.
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. k21
Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.