However, since we have gifts that (A)differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to use them properly: if (B)prophecy, [a]in proportion to one’s faith; if [b](C)service, in the act of serving; or the one who (D)teaches, in the act of teaching; or the one who [c](E)exhorts, in the work of [d]exhortation; the one who gives, with [e](F)generosity; (G)the one who [f]is in leadership, with diligence; the one who shows mercy, with (H)cheerfulness.

[g](I)Love must be free of hypocrisy. (J)Detest what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be (K)devoted to one another in brotherly love; [h]give preference to one another (L)in honor, 11 not lagging behind in diligence, (M)fervent in spirit, (N)serving the Lord; 12 (O)rejoicing in hope, (P)persevering in tribulation, (Q)devoted to prayer, 13 (R)contributing to the needs of the [i]saints, [j](S)practicing hospitality.

14 (T)Bless those who persecute [k]you; bless and do not curse. 15 (U)Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 (V)Be of the same mind toward one another; (W)do not be [l]haughty in mind, but [m]associate with the lowly. (X)Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 (Y)Never repay evil for evil to anyone. [n](Z)Respect what is right in the sight of all people. 18 If possible, (AA)so far as it depends on you, (AB)be at peace with all people. 19 (AC)Never take your own revenge, beloved, but [o]leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written: “(AD)Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 (AE)But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in 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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  1. Romans 12:6 Or in agreement with the faith
  2. Romans 12:7 Or office of service
  3. Romans 12:8 Or encourages
  4. Romans 12:8 Or encouragement
  5. Romans 12:8 Or sincere concern
  6. Romans 12:8 Or provides care
  7. Romans 12:9 Or Love has no
  8. Romans 12:10 Or outdo one another in showing honor
  9. Romans 12:13 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
  10. Romans 12:13 Lit pursuing
  11. Romans 12:14 Two early mss do not contain you
  12. Romans 12:16 Or arrogant
  13. Romans 12:16 Or accommodate yourself to lowly things
  14. Romans 12:17 Lit Take thought for
  15. Romans 12:19 Lit give a place

28 And God has [a](A)appointed in (B)the church, first (C)apostles, second (D)prophets, third (E)teachers, then [b](F)miracles, then (G)gifts of healings, helps, (H)administrations, and various (I)kinds of tongues. 29 All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of [c]miracles, are they? 30 All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not (J)interpret, do they? 31 But (K)earnestly desire the greater gifts.

And yet, I am going to show you a far better way.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 12:28 Lit set some in
  2. 1 Corinthians 12:28 Or works of power
  3. 1 Corinthians 12:29 Or works of power

11 And He (A)gave (B)some as apostles, some as prophets, some as (C)evangelists, some as [a]pastors and (D)teachers,

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  1. Ephesians 4:11 From Gr for shepherds

The Tongue Is a Fire

(A)Do not become teachers in large numbers, (B)my brothers, since you know that we who are teachers will incur a [a]stricter judgment.

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  1. James 3:1 Or greater condemnation; i.e., for erroneous doctrine