In this section, Paul
gives instructions concerning how we are to treat those outside the church body.
[desire happiness for]
those who persecute
bless and do not curse [call down evil on them].
|12:15||Rejoice with those who
mourn with those who mourn.
|12:16||Live in harmony with
Do not be proud [snobbish, high-minded, exclusive],
but be willing to associate with people of low position.
Do not be conceited [having too high of an opinion of yourself].
|12:17||Do not repay anyone
evil for evil.
Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.
|12:18||If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.|
|12:19||Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written [in Duet. 32:35] : "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord.|
|12:20||On the contrary
[in Prov. 25:21-22 it says]:
"If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to
drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head."
… for in this
way you will make him feel a burning sense of shame.
|12:21||Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.|