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Romans 12:9-21 American Standard Version (ASV)

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10 In love of the brethren be tenderly affectioned one to another; in honor preferring one another; 11 in diligence not slothful; fervent in spirit; serving [a]the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing stedfastly in prayer; 13 communicating to the necessities of the saints; [b]given to hospitality. 14 Bless them that persecute you; bless, and curse not. 15 Rejoice with them that rejoice; weep with them that weep. 16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Set not your mind on high things, but [c]condescend to [d]things that are lowly. Be not wise in your own conceits. 17 Render to no man evil for evil. Take thought for things honorable in the sight of all men. 18 If it be possible, as much as in you lieth, be at peace with all men. 19 Avenge not yourselves, beloved, but give place unto [e]the wrath of God: for it is written, [f]Vengeance belongeth unto me; I will recompense, saith the Lord. 20 But [g]if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him to drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head. 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.


  1. Romans 12:11 Some ancient authorities read the opportunity.
  2. Romans 12:13 Greek pursuing.
  3. Romans 12:16 Greek be carried away with.
  4. Romans 12:16 Or, them
  5. Romans 12:19 Or, wrath
  6. Romans 12:19 Dt. 32:35.
  7. Romans 12:20 (Prov. 25:21f)

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