Romans 12:1

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I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition

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Other Translations of Romans 12:1

I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that yee present your bodies a liuing sacrifice, holy, acceptable vnto God, which is your reasonable seruice.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, {which is} your spiritual service of worship.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, `which is' your spiritual service.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For this reason I make request to you, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you will give your bodies as a living offering, holy, pleasing to God, which is the worship it is right for you to give him.
- Basic English Bible

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the compassions of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, [which is] your intelligent service.
- Darby Bible

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
- Webster's Bible

I plead with you therefore, brethren, by the compassionsof God, to present all your faculties to Him as a living and holy sacrifice acceptable to Him. This with you will be an act of reasonable worship.
- Weymouth Bible

Therefore I urge you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service.
- World English Bible

Therfore, britheren, Y biseche you bi the mercy of God, that ye yyue youre bodies a lyuynge sacrifice, hooli, plesynge to God, and youre seruyse resonable.
- Wycliffe Bible

I call upon you, therefore, brethren, through the compassions of God, to present your bodies a sacrifice -- living, sanctified, acceptable to God -- your intelligent service;
- Youngs Literal Bible


Wesley's Notes for Romans 12:1

12:1 I exhort you - St. Paul uses to suit his exhortations to the doctrines he has been delivering. So here the general use from the whole is contained in the first and second verses. The particular uses follow, from the third verse to the end of the Epistle. By the tender mercies of God - The whole sentiment is derived from Rom. i. - v. The expression itself is particularly opposed to the wrath of God, #Rom 1:18|. It has a reference here to the entire gospel, to the whole economy of grace or mercy, delivering us from the wrath of God, and exciting us to all duty. To present - So #Rom 6:13|; 16:19; now actually to exhibit before God. Your bodies - That is, yourselves; a part is put for the whole; the rather, as in the ancient sacrifices of beasts, the body was the whole. These also are particularly named in opposition to that vile abuse of their bodies mentioned, #Rom 1:24|. Several expressions follow, which have likewise a direct reference to other expressions in the same chapter. A sacrifice - Dead to sin and living - By that life which is mentioned, #Rom 1:17|; 6:4, &c. Holy - Such as the holy law requires, #Rom 7:12|. Acceptable - #Rom 8:8|. Which is your reasonable service - The worship of the heathens was utterly unreasonable, #Rom 1:18|, &c; so was the glorying of the Jews, #Rom 2:3|, &c. But a Christian acts in all things by the highest reason, from the mercy of God inferring his own duty.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 12:1

Ro 12:1 Christian Life SUMMARY OF ROMANS 12: The Divine Mercy Should Move Us. Being Transformed. Humility. Faithfulness in Our Own Personal Duties. Loving with Pure Hearts. Blessing for Cursing; Good for Evil. Leaving Vengeance to the Lord. Treatment of Enemies. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God. The depth of the riches of the divine mercy has been shown in the argument of the preceding chapters, mercy for Jew and Gentile believers, and mercy in prospect for all Israel. The argument is now ended; God's plans have been explained, and the apostle appeals to those who have found mercy, in the name of that mercy, "to continue in the goodness of God" (Ro 11:22). Present your bodies a living sacrifice. The Jewish dispensation with its sacrifices was ended; it closed when Christ, "our passover" (1Co 5:7), was offered for us. But a new order of sacrifice has come in. We should give ourselves. As the victim on the altar was surrendered wholly to God, so our bodies with all their members should be consecrated to his service; not as slain, but as "living sacrifices". We do this when they become the temple of the Holy Spirit, and are used to serve God. Your reasonable service. The consecration of the body to God is not an outward act, like the sacrifice on the altar, but an act of the mind, or reason; hence "a reasonable service".


Comments for Romans 12:1

MockingBird's comment on 2015-09-17 09:19:06:

Not only is Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior He is my brother The mercy of God is from everlasting to everlasting : That is a long time : God called me out of darkness into His marvelous light : He has made me alive to God : Therefore I am to present my body a living sacrifice : a sacrifice is something that costs you something : Costs me to lay down my life for His : Praise God I can say : He is still working in me : This is a : my way of life to always be wanting to please my Lord God !!!


Bibi's comment on 2015-07-23 09:26:45:

Realized that we are sinners and that we are weak and the world that we are living is full of temptations. Surrendering ourselves to God by constanly seeking Him and by his mercy will help transformed our mind to do His will Joyfully .


Partridge Mutiso's comment on 2015-03-29 03:27:26:

It 's your Spirit that gets born again, it 's not your body that gets born again, your soul doesn 't get born again, Since your body does not get born again, present it as a Living Sacrifice, to the Lord!


Veronica Shumpert's comment on 2015-03-21 09:45:01:



Brianna's comment on 2015-02-06 06:29:21:

So Many heartfelt comments! I love it. I often wonder how one can present themselves as a sacrifice to God. I believe it is along the lines of disowning yourself, and being fully committed to doing God 's will. I can either give up something for God, or give something to God. Perhaps time, money, skills, etc Personally, I find my door to door ministry to be one of my greatest "reasonable service " to God. I am happy to brace the elements, and the attitudes of people in order to share the comforting hope the Bible provides.


Audie's comment on 2015-01-31 21:12:30:

The Divine allowed us to be on this physical plane to exist and to fulfill a very specific duty. It is our "reasonable service " to allow God to come alive within ourselves and to do what we came here to do. "Sacrifice " living outside of yourself and "renew your mind " by recognizing the God in you.


Moses Njenga's comment on 2014-06-20 23:16:41:

My body is His Temple meaning He resides in me, in everything I will do whether in deed or in word it will be for His service and glory.


Dharam's comment on 2014-06-20 08:06:11:

Since God wants us to come out from worldly standards and be separate and holy unto him I would view this as a commandment for all believers. Failure to do this will result in us losing out in realising our full potential by knowing the perfect will of GOD Romans 12 2 for our lives.


MockingBird's comment on 2014-06-20 04:59:53:

It is of the Lord 's mercies that we are not consumed. So by the mercy of the Lord I am to present my body to Him as my reasonable service a living sacrifice not a dead one Holy separated unto Him That which is acceptable unto Him Faith pleases God . A life separated from sin. Dead to sin.


Bro. Stephen Z. Glaydor's comment on 2014-06-20 03:09:46:

To be prepare for God when he comes and or to use is important. The Lord 's blessing will be for you us at any point in time presenting our body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. Paul is saying 'as God grant us Mercies day by day, let 's use these as means living holy lives acceptable to Jesus for blessings at any time which will prepare us for the kingdom of God. Without holiness, it is impossible to see God. Amen.


Olabode's comment on 2014-06-20 02:50:02:

There are some services we render unto God that are acceptable and there are some that are not acceptable. Example of acceptable services is by presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice that is by not useless our bodies with the excitement of this world and at the same time, holiness is required for our services to be acceptable by God. For example, we must be righteous, upright, faithful, and have pure heart etc.


Bell's comment on 2014-03-21 08:54:36:

I love romans its paul talkijng to me on confession forgiveness and salvation in chirst and that God in my blindness sent jesus to set me free when i was on my own train ride to death jesus set me free a so im no more a fugitive from justice


Megbontowon Oluwagbemiga's comment on 2014-03-08 12:13:59:

This is a passiomate appeal to all christians to give ourselves our body spirit soul our time resources possesions to God in total obedience love humility adoration righteousness


Pumelele Pedro Magadla's comment on 2013-11-10 01:34:32:

I believe God has called me to live,a separated life,meaning a life that is his,and his alone,my body is his temple,and I shouldn't touch the unclean thing.


Ekop Wilson's comment on 2013-08-31 09:45:46:

This means that,we should at all times keep ourselves holy, and as an instrument of use by God and as means of sacrifice to be offer to God.


Kgaogelo Makgopa's comment on 2013-08-10 15:36:32:

Paul is saying to us is not about you alone,God the creator of all things should be given adoration for who we are in the Kingdom,that's why he's pleading with us to give back to the giver of our lives.


Adebiyi Oluwatobiloba's comment on 2013-07-29 02:53:37:

The buttom line is that u don't own your body,so you should live your life for God at all time. Your physical and spiritual apperance should always show that you are for God for him to recognise you as his own also.


Lucky Agofure's comment on 2013-03-04 01:02:56:

Paul was actually talking to christians. There is the tendency that our bodies could be used to please the devil because of the corrupt world we are. There is the need for watchfullness and prayerfullness to ensure that will live the life that pleases God. A life in Christ is defferent from a life in sin. Therefore, it is very important we honor God with our bodies continously.


Jacob Zikhali's comment on 2011-02-15 09:59:40:

This actually illustrates that, my body or your body is not mine or yours at all, it was meant for the edification of the existance of God . Yes we do have our will but bottom line is we are not of our own . We sholud exalt or worship the creator by what we say or do. Every action from the body should point to Jesus the Lord and Saviour. I will always live for God for thats the sole reason I was made to exist in this universe. If we could come to our senses and consider this .We will live in a very positive environment ie no greed, no self bosting,no satanism , no anti-christ , no nonsense and no poverty.


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