Bishops' Bible

Romans 12

God's mercies must move us to please God.

Romans 12:1 I beseche you therfore brethren, by the mercifulnesse of God, that ye geue vp your bodyes a quicke sacrifice, holy, acceptable vnto God, [whiche is] your reasonable seruice: Romans 12:2 And fasshion not your selues lyke vnto this worlde, but be ye chaunged in your shape, by ye renuing of your minde, that ye may proue what is the wyll of God, good, and acceptable, and perfect.

No man must think too well of himself,

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace geuen vnto me, to euery man among you, that no man esteeme of hym selfe more then he ought to esteeme: but so esteeme [hym selfe] that he behaue hymselfe discretelye, accordyng as God hath dealt to euerye man the measure of fayth. Romans 12:4 For as we haue many members in one body, and all members haue not one office: Romans 12:5 So, we beyng many, are one body in Christe, and euery one members one of another.

but attend, every one, on that calling wherein he is placed.

Romans 12:6 Seyng that we haue dyuers giftes, accordyng to the grace that is geuen vnto vs, yf any man haue the gyft, either prophesie after the measure of fayth, Romans 12:7 Either office in administration, or he that teacheth in teachyng: Romans 12:8 Or he that exhorteth, in exhortyng, he that geueth in singlenesse, he that ruleth in diligence, he that is mercifull in chearefulnesse.

Love, and many other duties, are required of us.

Romans 12:9 Loue without dissimulation, hatyng euyll, cleauyng to good. Romans 12:10 Affectioned one to another with brotherly loue, in geuyng honour, go one before another. Romans 12:11 Not lither in businesse, feruent in spirite, seruyng the Lorde, Romans 12:12 Reioycyng in hope, pacient in trouble, instant in prayer, Romans 12:13 Distributyng to ye necessitie of saintes, geuen to hospitalitie. Romans 12:14 Blesse them which persecute you, blesse, and curse not. Romans 12:15 Reioyce with them that do reioyce, and wepe with them that wepe. Romans 12:16 Beyng of lyke affection one towardes another, beyng not hye mynded: but makyng your selues equall to them of the lower sort. Be not wise in your owne opinions, Romans 12:17 Recompensyng to no man euyll for euyll. Prouydyng afore hande thynges honest, [not only before God, but also] in the syght of all men. Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lyeth in you, lyue peaceably with all men.

Revenge is specially forbidden.

Romans 12:19 Dearely beloued, auenge not your selues, but rather geue place vnto wrath. For it is written: Uengeaunce is myne, I wyll repay sayth the Lorde. Romans 12:20 Therfore, yf thyne enemie hunger, feede hym: yf he thyrst, geue him drinke. For in so doyng, thou shalt heape coales of fyre on his head. Romans 12:21 Be not ouercome of euyll, but ouercome euyll with good.

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