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I call upon you, therefore, brethren, through the compassions of God, to present your bodies a sacrificeliving, sanctified, acceptable to God — your intelligent service;
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and 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.
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For 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,
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for as in one body we have many members, and all the members have not the same office,
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so we, the many, one body are in Christ, and members each one of one another.
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And having gifts, different according to the grace that was given to us;
whether prophecy — `According to the proportion of faith!'
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or ministration — `In the ministration!' or he who is teaching — `In the teaching!'
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or 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.'
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The love unfeigned: abhorring the evil;
cleaving to the good;
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in the love of brethren, to one another kindly affectioned: in the honour going before one another;
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in the diligence not slothful;
in the spirit fervent;
the Lord serving;
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in the hope rejoicing;
in the tribulation enduring;
in the prayer persevering;
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to the necessities of the saints communicating;
the hospitality pursuing.
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Bless those persecuting you;
bless, and curse not;
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to rejoice with the rejoicing, and to weep with the weeping,
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of the same mind one toward another, not minding the high things, but with the lowly going along;
become not wise in your own conceit;
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giving back to no one evil for evil;
providing right things before all men.
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If possible — so far as in you — with all men being in peace;
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not avenging yourselves, beloved, but give place to the wrath, for it hath been written, `Vengeance [is] Mine,
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I 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;
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Be not overcome by the evil, but overcome, in the good, the evil.