Romans 12:9-21 NIV


9 Love must be sincere.1 Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.2

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10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.3 Honor one another above yourselves.4

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11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor,5 serving the Lord.

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12 Be joyful in hope,6 patient in affliction,7 faithful in prayer.8

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13 Share with God's people who are in need.9 Practice hospitality.10

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14 Bless those who persecute you;11 bless and do not curse.

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15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.12

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16 Live in harmony with one another.13 Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.a Do not be conceited.14

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    • c 12:16 - Or "willing to do menial work"
      17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil.15 Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.16

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      18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.17

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      19 Do not take revenge,18 my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"b19 says the Lord.

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      20 On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head."c20

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