1I call upon you, therefore, brethren, through the compassions of God, to present your bodies a sacrifice--living, sanctified, acceptable to God--your intelligent service;
2and be not conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, for your proving what [is] the will of God--the good, and acceptable, and perfect.
3For I say, through the grace that was given to me, to every one who is among you, not to think above what it behoveth to think; but to think so as to think wisely, as to each God did deal a measure of faith,
4for as in one body we have many members, and all the members have not the same office,
5so we, the many, one body are in Christ, and members each one of one another.
6And having gifts, different according to the grace that was given to us; whether prophecy--`According to the proportion of faith!'
7or ministration--`In the ministration!' or he who is teaching--`In the teaching!'
8or he who is exhorting--`In the exhortation!' he who is sharing--`In simplicity!' he who is leading--`In diligence?' he who is doing kindness--`In cheerfulness.'
9The love unfeigned: abhorring the evil; cleaving to the good;
10in the love of brethren, to one another kindly affectioned: in the honour going before one another;
11in the diligence not slothful; in the spirit fervent; the Lord serving;
12in the hope rejoicing; in the tribulation enduring; in the prayer persevering;
13to the necessities of the saints communicating; the hospitality pursuing.
14Bless those persecuting you; bless, and curse not;
15to rejoice with the rejoicing, and to weep with the weeping,
16of the same mind one toward another, not minding the high things, but with the lowly going along; become not wise in your own conceit;
17giving back to no one evil for evil; providing right things before all men.
18If possible--so far as in you--with all men being in peace;
19not avenging yourselves, beloved, but give place to the wrath, for it hath been written, `Vengeance [is] Mine,
20I will recompense again, saith the Lord;' if, then, thine enemy doth hunger, feed him; if he doth thirst, give him drink; for this doing, coals of fire thou shalt heap upon his head;
21Be not overcome by the evil, but overcome, in the good, the evil.