1Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God
2which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures,
3concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who 1:3 camewas born of the seed of David according to the flesh,
4and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.
5Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name,
6among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ;
7To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Desire to Visit Rome
8First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
9For God is my witness, whom I serve 1:9 Or inwith my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers,
10making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you.
11For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established—
12that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.
13Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles.
14I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise.
15So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also.
The Just Live by Faith
16For I am not ashamed of the gospel 1:16 NU omits of Christof Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
17For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness
18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who 1:18 hold downsuppress the truth in unrighteousness,
19because what may be known of God is 1:19 evidentmanifest 1:19 amongin them, for God has shown it to them.
20For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and 1:20 divine nature, deityGodhead, so that they are without excuse,
21because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
22Professing to be wise, they became fools,
23and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like 1:23 perishablecorruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
24Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,
25who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their 1:26 Lit. femaleswomen exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.
27Likewise also the 1:27 Lit. malesmen, leaving the natural use of the 1:27 Lit. femalewoman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
28And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;
29being filled with all unrighteousness, 1:29 NU omits sexual immoralitysexual immorality, wickedness, 1:29 greedcovetousness, 1:29 malicemaliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers,
30backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
311:31 without understandingundiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, 1:31 NU omits unforgivingunforgiving, unmerciful;
32who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
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