1: Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an
apostle, set apart for the gospel of God
2: which he promised
beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures,
3: the gospel
concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh
4: and designated Son of God in power according to the Spirit of
holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,
through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience
of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations,
yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ;
7: To all God's
beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God
our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
8: First, I thank my God
through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the
9: For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the
gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers,
10: asking that somehow by God's will I may now at last succeed in
coming to you.
11: For I long to see you, that I may impart to you
some spiritual gift to strengthen you,
12: that is, that we may be
mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine.
want you to know, brethren, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus
far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as
well as among the rest of the Gentiles.
14: I am under obligation
both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish:
15: so I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.
16: For I am not ashamed of the gospel: it is the power of God for
salvation to every one who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
17: For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for
faith; as it is written, "He who through faith is righteous shall live."
18: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all
ungodliness and wickedness of men who by their wickedness suppress the truth.
19: For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has
shown it to them.
20: Ever since the creation of the world his
invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly
perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse;
21: for although they knew God they did not honor him as God or give
thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless
minds were darkened.
22: Claiming to be wise, they became fools,
23: and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling
mortal man or birds or animals or reptiles.
24: Therefore God gave
them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their
bodies among themselves,
25: because they exchanged the truth about
God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who
is blessed for ever! Amen.
26: For this reason God gave them up to
dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural,
27: and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and
were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with
men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error.
28: And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them
up to a base mind and to improper conduct.
29: They were filled with
all manner of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder,
strife, deceit, malignity, they are gossips,
30: slanderers, haters
of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,
31: foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.
they know God's decree that those who do such things deserve to die, they not
only do them but approve those who practice them.
1: Therefore you have no excuse, O man, whoever you
are, when you judge another; for in passing judgment upon him you condemn
yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things.
We know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who do such things.
3: Do you suppose, O man, that when you judge those who do such
things and yet do them yourself, you will escape the judgment of God?
4: Or do you presume upon the riches of his kindness and forbearance
and patience? Do you not know that God's kindness is meant to lead you to
5: But by your hard and impenitent heart you are storing
up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be
6: For he will render to every man according to his works:
7: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor
and immortality, he will give eternal life;
8: but for those who are
factious and do not obey the truth, but obey wickedness, there will be wrath and
9: There will be tribulation and distress for every human being
who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek,
10: but glory and
honor and peace for every one who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek.
11: For God shows no partiality.
12: All who have sinned
without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under
the law will be judged by the law.
13: For it is not the hearers of
the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be
14: When Gentiles who have not the law do by nature what
the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the
15: They show that what the law requires is written on their
hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts
accuse or perhaps excuse them
16: on that day when, according to my
gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.
17: But if you
call yourself a Jew and rely upon the law and boast of your relation to God
18: and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are
instructed in the law,
19: and if you are sure that you are a guide
to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness,
20: a corrector
of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of
knowledge and truth --
21: you then who teach others, will you not
teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal?
You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who
abhor idols, do you rob temples?
23: You who boast in the law, do you
dishonor God by breaking the law?
24: For, as it is written, "The
name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you."
Circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law; but if you break the law,
your circumcision becomes uncircumcision.
26: So, if a man who is
uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be
regarded as circumcision?
27: Then those who are physically
uncircumcised but keep the law will condemn you who have the written code and
circumcision but break the law.
28: For he is not a real Jew who is
one outwardly, nor is true circumcision something external and physical.
29: He is a Jew who is one inwardly, and real circumcision is a
matter of the heart, spiritual and not literal. His praise is not from men but
1: Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the
value of circumcision?
2: Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews
are entrusted with the oracles of God.
3: What if some were
unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God?
4: By no means! Let God be true though every man be false, as it is
written, "That thou mayest be justified in thy words, and prevail when thou art
5: But if our wickedness serves to show the justice of God,
what shall we say? That God is unjust to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a
6: By no means! For then how could God judge the world?
7: But if through my falsehood God's truthfulness abounds to his
glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner?
8: And why not do
evil that good may come? -- as some people slanderously charge us with saying.
Their condemnation is just.
9: What then? Are we Jews any better off?
No, not at all; for I have already charged that all men, both Jews and Greeks,
are under the power of sin,
10: as it is written: "None is righteous,
no, not one;
11: no one understands, no one seeks for God.
12: All have turned aside, together they have gone wrong; no one does
good, not even one."
13: "Their throat is an open grave, they use
their tongues to deceive." "The venom of asps is under their lips."
14: "Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness."
"Their feet are swift to shed blood,
16: in their paths are ruin and
17: and the way of peace they do not know."
"There is no fear of God before their eyes."
19: Now we know that
whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every
mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God.
20: For no human being will be justified in his sight by works of the
law, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
21: But now the
righteousness of God has been manifested apart from law, although the law and
the prophets bear witness to it,
22: the righteousness of God through
faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction;
23: since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24: they are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption
which is in Christ Jesus,
25: whom God put forward as an expiation by
his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness,
because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins;
it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he
justifies him who has faith in Jesus.
27: Then what becomes of our
boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On the principle of works? No, but
on the principle of faith.
28: For we hold that a man is justified by
faith apart from works of law.
29: Or is God the God of Jews only? Is
he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also,
30: since God
is one; and he will justify the circumcised on the ground of their faith and the
uncircumcised through their faith.
31: Do we then overthrow the law
by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
1: What then shall we say about Abraham, our
forefather according to the flesh?
2: For if Abraham was justified by
works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.
what does the scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him
4: Now to one who works, his wages are not
reckoned as a gift but as his due.
5: And to one who does not work
but trusts him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as
6: So also David pronounces a blessing upon the man to
whom God reckons righteousness apart from works:
7: "Blessed are
those whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered;
blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not reckon his sin."
Is this blessing pronounced only upon the circumcised, or also upon the
uncircumcised? We say that faith was reckoned to Abraham as righteousness.
10: How then was it reckoned to him? Was it before or after he had
been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised.
11: He received circumcision as a sign or seal of the righteousness
which he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make
him the father of all who believe without being circumcised and who thus have
righteousness reckoned to them,
12: and likewise the father of the
circumcised who are not merely circumcised but also follow the example of the
faith which our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.
promise to Abraham and his descendants, that they should inherit the world, did
not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.
If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the
promise is void.
15: For the law brings wrath, but where there is no
law there is no transgression.
16: That is why it depends on faith,
in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his
descendants -- not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share
the faith of Abraham, for he is the father of us all,
17: as it is
written, "I have made you the father of many nations" -- in the presence of the
God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the
things that do not exist.
18: In hope he believed against hope, that
he should become the father of many nations; as he had been told, "So shall your
19: He did not weaken in faith when he considered
his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years
old, or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb.
distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his
faith as he gave glory to God,
21: fully convinced that God was able
to do what he had promised.
22: That is why his faith was "reckoned
to him as righteousness."
23: But the words, "it was reckoned to
him," were written not for his sake alone,
24: but for ours also. It
will be reckoned to us who believe in him that raised from the dead Jesus our
25: who was put to death for our trespasses and raised for our
1: Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we
have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
2: Through him we
have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope
of sharing the glory of God.
3: More than that, we rejoice in our
sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,
endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.
6: While we were
still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
one will hardly die for a righteous man -- though perhaps for a good man one
will dare even to die.
8: But God shows his love for us in that while
we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
9: Since, therefore, we are
now justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of
10: For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by
the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved
by his life.
11: Not only so, but we also rejoice in God through our
Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received our reconciliation.
12: Therefore as sin came into the world through one man and death
through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned --
13: sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is
not counted where there is no law.
14: Yet death reigned from Adam to
Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who
was a type of the one who was to come.
15: But the free gift is not
like the trespass. For if many died through one man's trespass, much more have
the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of that one man Jesus Christ
abounded for many.
16: And the free gift is not like the effect of
that one man's sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought
condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification.
17: If, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one
man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift
of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
Then as one man's trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one man's act of
righteousness leads to acquittal and life for all men.
19: For as by
one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man's obedience many
will be made righteous.
20: Law came in, to increase the trespass;
but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,
21: so that, as
sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness to eternal
life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
1: What shall we say then? Are we to continue in
sin that grace may abound?
2: By no means! How can we who died to sin
still live in it?
3: Do you not know that all of us who have been
baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
4: We were
buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised
from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
5: For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall
certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
6: We know
that our old self was crucified with him so that the sinful body might be
destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin.
7: For he who
has died is freed from sin.
8: But if we have died with Christ, we
believe that we shall also live with him.
9: For we know that Christ
being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion
10: The death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the
life he lives he lives to God.
11: So you also must consider
yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12: Let not
sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions.
13: Do not yield your members to sin as instruments of wickedness,
but yield yourselves to God as men who have been brought from death to life, and
your members to God as instruments of righteousness.
14: For sin will
have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
15: What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under
grace? By no means!
16: Do you not know that if you yield yourselves
to any one as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either
of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?
17: But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have
become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were
18: and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves
19: I am speaking in human terms, because of your
natural limitations. For just as you once yielded your members to impurity and
to greater and greater iniquity, so now yield your members to righteousness for
20: When you were slaves of sin, you were free in
regard to righteousness.
21: But then what return did you get from
the things of which you are now ashamed? The end of those things is death.
22: But now that you have been set free from sin and have become
slaves of God, the return you get is sanctification and its end, eternal life.
23: For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is
eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1: Do you not know, brethren -- for I am speaking
to those who know the law -- that the law is binding on a person only during his
2: Thus a married woman is bound by law to her husband as long
as he lives; but if her husband dies she is discharged from the law concerning
3: Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she
lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies she
is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress.
4: Likewise, my brethren, you have died to the law through the body
of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from
the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God.
5: While we were
living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in
our members to bear fruit for death.
6: But now we are discharged
from the law, dead to that which held us captive, so that we serve not under the
old written code but in the new life of the Spirit.
7: What then
shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet, if it had not been for the
law, I should not have known sin. I should not have known what it is to covet if
the law had not said, "You shall not covet."
8: But sin, finding
opportunity in the commandment, wrought in me all kinds of covetousness. Apart
from the law sin lies dead.
9: I was once alive apart from the law,
but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died;
10: the very
commandment which promised life proved to be death to me.
sin, finding opportunity in the commandment, deceived me and by it killed me.
12: So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and
13: Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no
means! It was sin, working death in me through what is good, in order that sin
might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond
14: We know that the law is spiritual; but I am carnal, sold
15: I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do
what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
16: Now if I do what I
do not want, I agree that the law is good.
17: So then it is no
longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me.
18: For I know
that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is
right, but I cannot do it.
19: For I do not do the good I want, but
the evil I do not want is what I do.
20: Now if I do what I do not
want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me.
21: So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies
close at hand.
22: For I delight in the law of God, in my inmost
23: but I see in my members another law at war with the law of
my mind and making me captive to the law of sin which dwells in my members.
24: Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of
25: Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I
of myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law
1: There is therefore now no condemnation for those
who are in Christ Jesus.
2: For the law of the Spirit of life in
Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death.
God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: sending his own
Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,
4: in order that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled
in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
5: For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the
things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds
on the things of the Spirit.
6: To set the mind on the flesh is
death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God's
law, indeed it cannot;
8: and those who are in the flesh cannot
9: But you are not in the flesh, you are in the Spirit,
if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Any one who does not have the Spirit
of Christ does not belong to him.
10: But if Christ is in you,
although your bodies are dead because of sin, your spirits are alive because of
11: If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the
dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to
your mortal bodies also through his Spirit which dwells in you.
So then, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the
13: for if you live according to the flesh you will die, but
if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live.
14: For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
15: For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into
fear, but you have received the spirit of sonship. When we cry, "Abba! Father!"
16: it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we
are children of God,
17: and if children, then heirs, heirs of God
and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may
also be glorified with him.
18: I consider that the sufferings of
this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed
19: For the creation waits with eager longing for the
revealing of the sons of God;
20: for the creation was subjected to
futility, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope;
21: because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to
decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God.
know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now;
23: and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first
fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the
redemption of our bodies.
24: For in this hope we were saved. Now
hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?
But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
26: Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know
how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too
deep for words.
27: And he who searches the hearts of men knows what
is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints
according to the will of God.
28: We know that in everything God
works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.
29: For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to
the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many
30: And those whom he predestined he also called; and those
whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.
31: What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against
32: He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all,
will he not also give us all things with him?
33: Who shall bring any
charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies;
34: who is to
condemn? Is it Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is
at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us?
35: Who shall
separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or
persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36: As it
is written, "For thy sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded
as sheep to be slaughtered."
37: No, in all these things we are more
than conquerors through him who loved us.
38: For I am sure that
neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor
things to come, nor powers,
39: nor height, nor depth, nor anything
else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ
Jesus our Lord.
1: I am speaking the truth in Christ, I am not
lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit,
2: that I
have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.
3: For I could
wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my
brethren, my kinsmen by race.
4: They are Israelites, and to them
belong the sonship, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the
worship, and the promises;
5: to them belong the patriarchs, and of
their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ. God who is over all be
blessed for ever. Amen.
6: But it is not as though the word of God
had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel,
7: and not all are children of Abraham because they are his
descendants; but "Through Isaac shall your descendants be named."
This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God,
but the children of the promise are reckoned as descendants.
this is what the promise said, "About this time I will return and Sarah shall
have a son."
10: And not only so, but also when Rebecca had conceived
children by one man, our forefather Isaac,
11: though they were not
yet born and had done nothing either good or bad, in order that God's purpose of
election might continue, not because of works but because of his call,
12: she was told, "The elder will serve the younger."
As it is written, "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."
14: What shall
we say then? Is there injustice on God's part? By no means!
he says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have
compassion on whom I have compassion."
16: So it depends not upon
man's will or exertion, but upon God's mercy.
17: For the scripture
says to Pharaoh, "I have raised you up for the very purpose of showing my power
in you, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth."
then he has mercy upon whomever he wills, and he hardens the heart of whomever
19: You will say to me then, "Why does he still find fault?
For who can resist his will?"
20: But who are you, a man, to answer
back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, "Why have you made me thus?"
21: Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same
lump one vessel for beauty and another for menial use?
22: What if
God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with
much patience the vessels of wrath made for destruction,
23: in order
to make known the riches of his glory for the vessels of mercy, which he has
prepared beforehand for glory,
24: even us whom he has called, not
from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles?
25: As indeed he says
in Hose'a, "Those who were not my people I will call `my people,' and her who
was not beloved I will call `my beloved.'"
26: "And in the very place
where it was said to them, `You are not my people,' they will be called `sons of
the living God.'"
27: And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: "Though
the number of the sons of Israel be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of
them will be saved;
28: for the Lord will execute his sentence upon
the earth with rigor and dispatch."
29: And as Isaiah predicted, "If
the Lord of hosts had not left us children, we would have fared like Sodom and
been made like Gomor'rah."
30: What shall we say, then? That Gentiles
who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, righteousness
31: but that Israel who pursued the righteousness
which is based on law did not succeed in fulfilling that law.
Why? Because they did not pursue it through faith, but as if it were based on
works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone,
33: as it is
written, "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone that will make men stumble, a rock
that will make them fall; and he who believes in him will not be put to shame."
1: Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God
for them is that they may be saved.
2: I bear them witness that they
have a zeal for God, but it is not enlightened.
3: For, being
ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish
their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness.
4: For Christ
is the end of the law, that every one who has faith may be justified.
5: Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is
based on the law shall live by it.
6: But the righteousness based on
faith says, Do not say in your heart, "Who will ascend into heaven?" (that is,
to bring Christ down)
7: or "Who will descend into the abyss?" (that
is, to bring Christ up from the dead).
8: But what does it say? The
word is near you, on your lips and in your heart (that is, the word of faith
which we preach);
9: because, if you confess with your lips that
Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you
will be saved.
10: For man believes with his heart and so is
justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved.
scripture says, "No one who believes in him will be put to shame."
12: For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord
is Lord of all and bestows his riches upon all who call upon him.
For, "every one who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved."
14: But how are men to call upon him in whom they have not believed?
And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are
they to hear without a preacher?
15: And how can men preach unless
they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach
16: But they have not all obeyed the gospel; for Isaiah
says, "Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?"
faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of
18: But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have; for
"Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the
19: Again I ask, did Israel not understand? First Moses says,
"I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation; with a foolish nation I
will make you angry."
20: Then Isaiah is so bold as to say, "I have
been found by those who did not seek me; I have shown myself to those who did
not ask for me."
21: But of Israel he says, "All day long I have held
out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people."
1: I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no
means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe
2: God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do
you not know what the scripture says of Eli'jah, how he pleads with God against
3: "Lord, they have killed thy prophets, they have demolished
thy altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life."
4: But what
is God's reply to him? "I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not
bowed the knee to Ba'al."
5: So too at the present time there is a
remnant, chosen by grace.
6: But if it is by grace, it is no longer
on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.
What then? Israel failed to obtain what it sought. The elect obtained it, but
the rest were hardened,
8: as it is written, "God gave them a spirit
of stupor, eyes that should not see and ears that should not hear, down to this
9: And David says, "Let their table become a snare and a
trap, a pitfall and a retribution for them;
10: let their eyes be
darkened so that they cannot see, and bend their backs for ever."
So I ask, have they stumbled so as to fall? By no means! But through their
trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous.
12: Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their
failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion
13: Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an
apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry
14: in order to make
my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them.
15: For if their
rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean
but life from the dead?
16: If the dough offered as first fruits is
holy, so is the whole lump; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.
17: But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, a wild
olive shoot, were grafted in their place to share the richness of the olive
18: do not boast over the branches. If you do boast, remember
it is not you that support the root, but the root that supports you.
19: You will say, "Branches were broken off so that I might be
20: That is true. They were broken off because of their
unbelief, but you stand fast only through faith. So do not become proud, but
stand in awe.
21: For if God did not spare the natural branches,
neither will he spare you.
22: Note then the kindness and the
severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God's kindness to
you, provided you continue in his kindness; otherwise you too will be cut off.
23: And even the others, if they do not persist in their unbelief,
will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again.
For if you have been cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted,
contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these
natural branches be grafted back into their own olive tree.
you be wise in your own conceits, I want you to understand this mystery,
brethren: a hardening has come upon part of Israel, until the full number of the
Gentiles come in,
26: and so all Israel will be saved; as it is
written, "The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from
27: "and this will be my covenant with them when I take away
28: As regards the gospel they are enemies of God, for
your sake; but as regards election they are beloved for the sake of their
29: For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.
30: Just as you were once disobedient to God but now have received
mercy because of their disobedience,
31: so they have now been
disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may receive mercy.
32: For God has consigned all men to disobedience, that he may have
mercy upon all.
33: O the depth of the riches and wisdom and
knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his
34: "For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been
35: "Or who has given a gift to him that he might be
36: For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be glory for ever. Amen.
1: I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the
mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and
acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
2: Do not be
conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you
may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
3: For by the grace given to me I bid every one among you not to
think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober
judgment, each according to the measure of faith which God has assigned him.
4: For as in one body we have many members, and all the members do
not have the same function,
5: so we, though many, are one body in
Christ, and individually members one of another.
6: Having gifts that
differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in
proportion to our faith;
7: if service, in our serving; he who
teaches, in his teaching;
8: he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he
who contributes, in liberality; he who gives aid, with zeal; he who does acts of
mercy, with cheerfulness.
9: Let love be genuine; hate what is evil,
hold fast to what is good;
10: love one another with brotherly
affection; outdo one another in showing honor.
11: Never flag in
zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord.
12: Rejoice in your
hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
16: Live in
harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; never
17: Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for
what is noble in the sight of all.
18: If possible, so far as it
depends upon you, live peaceably with all.
19: Beloved, never avenge
yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God; for it is written, "Vengeance is
mine, I will repay, says the Lord."
20: No, "if your enemy is hungry,
feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap
burning coals upon his head."
21: Do not be overcome by evil, but
overcome evil with good.
1: Let every person be subject to the governing
authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist
have been instituted by God.
2: Therefore he who resists the
authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur
3: For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad.
Would you have no fear of him who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you
will receive his approval,
4: for he is God's servant for your good.
But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain; he is
the servant of God to execute his wrath on the wrongdoer.
Therefore one must be subject, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the
sake of conscience.
6: For the same reason you also pay taxes, for
the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.
7: Pay all of them their dues, taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue
to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is
8: Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who
loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.
9: The commandments, "You
shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall
not covet," and any other commandment, are summed up in this sentence, "You
shall love your neighbor as yourself."
10: Love does no wrong to a
neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
this you know what hour it is, how it is full time now for you to wake from
sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed;
12: the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off
the works of darkness and put on the armor of light;
13: let us
conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not
in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy.
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to
gratify its desires.
1: As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome
him, but not for disputes over opinions.
2: One believes he may eat
anything, while the weak man eats only vegetables.
3: Let not him who
eats despise him who abstains, and let not him who abstains pass judgment on him
who eats; for God has welcomed him.
4: Who are you to pass judgment
on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls.
And he will be upheld, for the Master is able to make him stand.
One man esteems one day as better than another, while another man esteems all
days alike. Let every one be fully convinced in his own mind.
who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. He also who eats, eats
in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God; while he who abstains,
abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God.
7: None of us
lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself.
8: If we live, we
live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or
whether we die, we are the Lord's.
9: For to this end Christ died and
lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
10: Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you
despise your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God;
11: for it is written, "As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall
bow to me, and every tongue shall give praise to God."
12: So each of
us shall give account of himself to God.
13: Then let us no more pass
judgment on one another, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or
hindrance in the way of a brother.
14: I know and am persuaded in the
Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but it is unclean for any one who
thinks it unclean.
15: If your brother is being injured by what you
eat, you are no longer walking in love. Do not let what you eat cause the ruin
of one for whom Christ died.
16: So do not let your good be spoken of
17: For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but
righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit;
18: he who thus
serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.
19: Let us
then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean,
but it is wrong for any one to make others fall by what he eats;
it is right not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that makes your brother
22: The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God;
happy is he who has no reason to judge himself for what he approves.
23: But he who has doubts is condemned, if he eats, because he does
not act from faith; for whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.
1: We who are strong ought to bear with the
failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves;
2: let each of us
please his neighbor for his good, to edify him.
3: For Christ did not
please himself; but, as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached
thee fell on me."
4: For whatever was written in former days was
written for our instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of
the scriptures we might have hope.
5: May the God of steadfastness
and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord
with Christ Jesus,
6: that together you may with one voice glorify
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7: Welcome one another,
therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
8: For I
tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God's
truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs,
9: and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As
it is written, "Therefore I will praise thee among the Gentiles, and sing to thy
10: and again it is said, "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his
11: and again, "Praise the Lord, all Gentiles, and let all
the peoples praise him";
12: and further Isaiah says, "The root of
Jesse shall come, he who rises to rule the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles
13: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in
believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
14: I myself am satisfied about you, my brethren, that you yourselves
are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one
15: But on some points I have written to you very boldly by
way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God
16: to be a
minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel
of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by
the Holy Spirit.
17: In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud
of my work for God.
18: For I will not venture to speak of anything
except what Christ has wrought through me to win obedience from the Gentiles, by
word and deed,
19: by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of
the Holy Spirit, so that from Jerusalem and as far round as Illyr'icum I have
fully preached the gospel of Christ,
20: thus making it my ambition
to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on
another man's foundation,
21: but as it is written, "They shall see
who have never been told of him, and they shall understand who have never heard
22: This is the reason why I have so often been hindered
from coming to you.
23: But now, since I no longer have any room for
work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years to come to you,
24: I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be sped on
my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a little.
25: At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem with aid for the
26: For Macedo'nia and Acha'ia have been pleased to make some
contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem;
were pleased to do it, and indeed they are in debt to them, for if the Gentiles
have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of
service to them in material blessings.
28: When therefore I have
completed this, and have delivered to them what has been raised, I shall go on
by way of you to Spain;
29: and I know that when I come to you I
shall come in the fulness of the blessing of Christ.
30: I appeal to
you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive
together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf,
31: that I may
be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem
may be acceptable to the saints,
32: so that by God's will I may come
to you with joy and be refreshed in your company.
33: The God of
peace be with you all. Amen.
1: I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deaconess
of the church at Cen'chre-ae,
2: that you may receive her in the Lord
as befits the saints, and help her in whatever she may require from you, for she
has been a helper of many and of myself as well.
3: Greet Prisca and
Aq'uila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus,
4: who risked their necks
for my life, to whom not only I but also all the churches of the Gentiles give
5: greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved
Epae'netus, who was the first convert in Asia for Christ.
Mary, who has worked hard among you.
7: Greet Androni'cus and
Ju'nias, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners; they are men of note among the
apostles, and they were in Christ before me.
8: Greet Amplia'tus, my
beloved in the Lord.
9: Greet Urba'nus, our fellow worker in Christ,
and my beloved Stachys.
10: Greet Apel'les, who is approved in
Christ. Greet those who belong to the family of Aristobu'lus.
Greet my kinsman Hero'dion. Greet those in the Lord who belong to the family of
12: Greet those workers in the Lord, Tryphae'na and
Trypho'sa. Greet the beloved Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord.
13: Greet Rufus, eminent in the Lord, also his mother and mine.
14: Greet Asyn'critus, Phlegon, Hermes, Pat'robas, Hermas, and the
brethren who are with them.
15: Greet Philol'ogus, Julia, Nereus and
his sister, and Olym'pas, and all the saints who are with them.
Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.
17: I appeal to you, brethren, to take note of those who create
dissensions and difficulties, in opposition to the doctrine which you have been
taught; avoid them.
18: For such persons do not serve our Lord
Christ, but their own appetites, and by fair and flattering words they deceive
the hearts of the simple-minded.
19: For while your obedience is
known to all, so that I rejoice over you, I would have you wise as to what is
good and guileless as to what is evil;
20: then the God of peace will
soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with
21: Timothy, my fellow worker, greets you; so do Lucius and
Jason and Sosip'ater, my kinsmen.
22: I Tertius, the writer of this
letter, greet you in the Lord.
23: Ga'ius, who is host to me and to
the whole church, greets you. Eras'tus, the city treasurer, and our brother
Quartus, greet you.
25: Now to him who is able to strengthen you
according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the
revelation of the mystery which was kept secret for long ages
is now disclosed and through the prophetic writings is made known to all
nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the
obedience of faith --
27: to the only wise God be glory for evermore
through Jesus Christ! Amen.