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Verses We Love – a Comparison of Romans 12:1

Romans 12:1

Brothers and sisters, in view of all we have just shared about God’s compassion, I encourage you to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, dedicated to God and pleasing to him. This kind of worship is appropriate for you.
GOD’S WORD Translation
Meaning-for-Meaning (Closest Natural Equivalence)

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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 Bible
Word-for-Word (Form Equivalence)

So brothers and sisters, since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship.
New Century Version
Thought-for-Thought (Function Equivalence)

Dear friends, God is good. So I beg you to offer your bodies to him as a living sacrifice, pure and pleasing. That’s the most sensible way to serve God.
Contemporary English Version
Paraphrase (Retelling)

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