Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition.

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BIBLE: ROMANS - Chapter 12

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Lessons of Christian virtues.

1 I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercy of God, *that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing to God, your reasonable service.

2 And be not conformed to this world: but be reformed in the newness of your mind: *that you may prove what is the good, and the acceptable, and the perfect will of God.

3 For I say, through the grace that is given me, to all that are among you, not to be more wise than it behoveth to be wise, but to be wise unto sobriety: *and according as God hath divided to every one the measure of faith.

4 For as in one body we have many members, but all the members have not the same office:

5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one, members one of another.

6 And having gifts different, according to the grace that is given us, whether prophecy, according to the proportion of faith,

7 Or ministry, in ministering: or he that teacheth, in doctrine,

8 He that exhorteth in exhorting; he that giveth with simplicity; he that ruleth with solicitude, he that sheweth mercy with cheerfulness.

9 Love without dissimulation. *Hating that which is evil, adhering to that which is good:

10 *Loving one another with brotherly love; in honour preventing one another:

11 In solicitude not slothful: in spirit fervent: serving the Lord:

12 Rejoicing in hope: patient in tribulation: instant in prayer:

13 Communicating to the necessities of the saints: *pursuing hospitality.

14 Bless them that persecute you: bless, and curse not.

15 Rejoice with them that rejoice, weep with them that weep:

16 Being of one mind one towards another: not high-minded: but condescending to the humble. Be not wise in your own conceits:

17 Rendering to no man evil for evil: *providing things good, not only in the sight of God, but also in the sight of all men.

18 *If it be possible, as much as is in you, have peace with all men.

19 *Revenge not yourselves, my dearly beloved: but give place to wrath, for it is written: **Revenge is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.

20 *But if thy enemy be hungry, give him to eat: if he thirst, give him to drink: for, doing this, thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

21 *Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil by good.



1: Philippians iv. 18.

2: Ephesians v. 17.; 1 Thessalonians iv. 3.

3: 1 Corinthians xii. 11.; Ephesians iv. 7.

9: Amos v. 15.

10: Ephesians iv. 3.; 1 Peter ii. 17.

13: Hebrews xiii. 2.; 1 Peter iv. 9.

17: 2 Corinthians viii. 21.

18: Hebrews xii. 14.

19: Ecclesiasticus xxviii. 1. and ii. 3. --- ** Matthew 5. 39.[v. 39.?]

20: Deuteronomy xxxii. 35.; Hebrews 10. 30.[x. 30.?]

21: Proverbs xxv. 21.