The Beatitudes

And (A)he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:

(B)“Blessed are (C)the poor in spirit, for (D)theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are (E)those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

“Blessed are the (F)meek, for they (G)shall inherit the earth.

“Blessed are those who hunger and (H)thirst (I)for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

“Blessed are (J)the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

“Blessed are (K)the pure in heart, for (L)they shall see God.

“Blessed are (M)the peacemakers, for (N)they shall be called (O)sons[a] of God.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 5:9 Greek huioi; see Preface

A Living Sacrifice

12 (A)I appeal to you therefore, brothers,[a] by the mercies of God, (B)to present your bodies (C)as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.[b] (D)Do not be conformed to this world,[c] but be transformed by (E)the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may (F)discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.[d]

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 12:1 Or brothers and sisters
  2. Romans 12:1 Or your rational service
  3. Romans 12:2 Greek age
  4. Romans 12:2 Or what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God

Marks of the True Christian

(A)Let love be genuine. (B)Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 (C)Love one another with brotherly affection. (D)Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, (E)be fervent in spirit,[a] (F)serve the Lord. 12 (G)Rejoice in hope, (H)be patient in tribulation, (I)be constant in prayer. 13 (J)Contribute to the needs of the saints and (K)seek to show hospitality.

14 (L)Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 (M)Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 (N)Live in harmony with one another. (O)Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.[b] (P)Never be wise in your own sight. 17 (Q)Repay no one evil for evil, but (R)give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, (S)live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, (T)never avenge yourselves, but leave it[c] to the wrath of God, for it is written, (U)“Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, (V)“if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 12:11 Or fervent in the Spirit
  2. Romans 12:16 Or give yourselves to humble tasks
  3. Romans 12:19 Greek give place

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