12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts,13 and do not go on presenting [a]the members of your body to sin as[b]instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as[c]instruments of righteousness to God.14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be!16 Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone asslaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin [d]resulting in death, or of obedience [e]resulting in righteousness?17 But thanks be to God that [f]though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed,18 and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.19 I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, [g]resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, [h]resulting in sanctification.
20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.21 Therefore what [i]benefit were you then [j]deriving [k]from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death.
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