Bearing Others’ Burdens
1We then who are strong ought to bear with the 15:1 weaknessesscruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
2Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to 15:2 building upedification.
3For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.”
4For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the 15:4 perseverancepatience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
5Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus,
6that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Glorify God Together
7Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received 15:7 NU, M youus, to the glory of God.
8Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a 15:8 ministerservant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers,
9and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written:
“For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles,
And sing to Your name.”
10And again he says:
“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people!”
“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles!
Laud Him, all you peoples!”
12And again, Isaiah says:
“There shall be a root of Jesse;
And He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles,
In Him the Gentiles shall hope.”
13Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
From Jerusalem to Illyricum
14Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish 15:14 M othersone another.
15Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more boldly to you on some points, as reminding you, because of the grace given to me by God,
16that I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering 15:16 Consisting ofof the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
17Therefore I have reason to glory in Christ Jesus in the things which pertain to God.
18For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ has not accomplished through me, in word and deed, to make the Gentiles obedient—
19in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
20And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man’s foundation,
21but as it is written:
“To whom He was not announced, they shall see;
And those who have not heard shall understand.”
Plan to Visit Rome
22For this reason I also have been much hindered from coming to you.
23But now no longer having a place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come to you,
24whenever I journey to Spain, 15:24 NU omits I shall come to you and joins Spain with the next sentence.I shall come to you. For I hope to see you on my journey, and to be helped on my way there by you, if first I may enjoy your company for a while.
25But now I am going to Jerusalem to 15:25 serveminister to the saints.
26For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem.
27It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things.
28Therefore, when I have performed this and have sealed to them this fruit, I shall go by way of you to Spain.
29But I know that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing 15:29 NU omits of the gospelof the gospel of Christ.
30Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me,
31that I may be delivered from those in Judea who 15:31 are disobedientdo not believe, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,
32that I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may be refreshed together with you.
33Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
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