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Paul, a servant of Jesus
Christ, called to be an apostle,
separated unto the gospel of God, 2which he promised before
through his prophets in the holy scriptures, 3concerning his
Son, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, 4who
was declared to be the Son of
God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection
from the dead; even Jesus Christ
our Lord, 5through whom we received grace and apostleship, unto
obedience of faith among all the nations, for his nameís sake; 6among
whom are you also called to be
Jesus Christís: 7To all that are in Rome, beloved of God,
called to be saints: Grace to
you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
8First, I thank my God through
Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is proclaimed throughout the
whole world. 9For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit
in the gospel of his Son, how unceasingly I make mention of you, always in
my prayers 10making request, if by any means now at length I
may be prospered by the will of God to come unto you. 11For I
long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the
end you may be established; 12that is, that I along with you
may be comforted, each of us by the otherís faith, both yours and mine. 13And
I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to
come unto you (and was hindered), that I might have some fruit in you
also, even as in the rest of the Gentiles. 14I am debtor both
to Greeks and to Barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 15So,
as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you also that are
16For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17For therein is revealed a righteousness of God from faith unto faith: as it is written, But the righteous shall live by faith.
18For the wrath
of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness
of men, who hinder the truth in unrighteousness;
19because that which is known of
God is manifest in them; for God manifested it unto them. 20For
the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly
seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even
his everlasting power and divinity; that they may be without excuse: 21because
that, knowing God, they glorified him not as God, neither gave thanks; but
became vain in their reasonings, and their senseless hearts were darkened.
22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23and
changed the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image of
corruptible man, and of birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping
things. 24Wherefore God gave them up in the lusts of their
hearts unto uncleanness, that their bodies should be dishonored among
themselves: 25for that they exchanged the truth of God for a
lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who
is blessed for ever. Amen. 26For this cause God gave them up
unto vile passions: for their women changed the natural use into that
which is against nature: 27and likewise also the men, leaving
the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, men
with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that
recompense of their error which was due. 28And even as they
refused to have God in their
knowledge, God gave them up unto a reprobate mind, to do those things
which are not fitting; 29being filled with all unrighteousness,
wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife,
deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30backbiters, hateful to God,
insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil things, disobedient to
parents, 31without understanding, covenant-breakers, without
natural affection, unmerciful: 32who, knowing the ordinance of
God, that they that practice such things are worthy of death, not only do
the same, but also consent with them that practice them.
2 Wherefore you are without
excuse, O man, whosoever you are that judges: for wherein you judge
another, you condemn yourself; for you that judge do practice the same
things. 2And we know that the judgment of God is according to
truth against them that practice such things. 3And reckon this,
O man, who judges them that practice such things, and do the same, that
you shall escape the judgment of God? 4Or do you despise the
riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering, not knowing that
the goodness of God leads you to repentance? 5But after your
hard and impenitent heart treasures up for yourself wrath in the day of
wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6who
will render to every man according to his works: 7to them that
by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and incorruption,
eternal life: 8but unto them that are factious, and obey not
the truth, but obey unrighteousness, shall
be wrath and indignation, 9tribulation and anguish, upon
every soul of man that works evil, of the Jew first, and also of the
Greek; 10but glory and honor and peace to every man that works
good, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek: 11for there is
no respect of persons with God. 12For as many as have sinned
without law shall also perish without the law: and as many as have sinned
under the law shall be judged by the law; 13for not the hearers
of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be
justified: 14(For when Gentiles that have not the law do by
nature the things of the law, these, not having the law, are the law unto
themselves; 15in that they show the work of the law written in
their hearts, their conscience bearing witness with them, and their
thoughts one with another accusing or else excusing them);
16in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men, according
to my gospel, by Jesus Christ.
17But if you bear the name of a Jew, and rest upon the law, and glory in God, 18and know his will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law, 19and are confident that you yourself are a guide of the blind, a light of them that are in darkness, 20a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having in the law the form of knowledge and of the truth; 21you therefore that teaches another, do you not teach yourself? You that preach a man should not steal, do you steal? 22You that say a man should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You that detest idols, do you rob temples? 23You who glory in the law, through your transgression of the law you dishonor God? 24For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you, even as it is written.
circumcision is indeed profitable, if you are a doer of the law: but if
you are a transgressor of the law, your circumcision is become
Uncircumcision. 26If therefore the Uncircumcision keep the
ordinances of the law, shall not his Uncircumcision be counted for
circumcision? 27And shall not the Uncircumcision that is by
nature, if it fulfill the law, judge you, who with the letter and
circumcision are a transgressor of the law? 28For he is not a
Jew who is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision which is outward in
the flesh: 29but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and
circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit not in the letter; whose
praise is not of men, but of God.
advantage then has the Jew? Or what is the profit of circumcision? 2Much
every way: first of all, they were entrusted with the oracles of God.
what if some were without faith? Shall their lack of faith make the
faithfulness of God of no effect? 4God forbid: Yes, let God be found true,
but every man a liar; as it is written, That you might be justified in
your words, And might prevail when you come into judgment.
if our righteousness commends the righteousness of God, what shall we say?
Is God unrighteous who visits with wrath? (I speak after the manner of
men.) 6God forbid:
for then how shall God judge the world?
7But if the truth of God
through my lie abounded unto his glory, why am I also still judged as a
sinner? 8And why not (as we are slanderously reported, and as
some affirm that we say), Let us do evil, that good may come? Whose
condemnation is just.
then, are we better than they? No, in no way: for we before laid to the
charge both of Jews and Greeks, that they are all under sin; 10as it is
written, There is none righteous, no, not one; 11There is none
that understands, There is none that seeks after God; 12They
have all turned aside, they are together become unprofitable; There is
none that does good, no, not, so much as one: 13Their throat is
an open sepulchre; With their tongues they have used deceit: The poison of
asps is under their lips: 14Whose mouth is full of cursing and
bitterness: 15Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16Destruction
and misery are in their ways; 17And the way of peace they have
not known: 18There is no fear of God before their eyes.
19Now we know that what things
soever the law says, it speaks to them that are under the law; that every
mouth may be silenced, and all the world may be brought under the judgment
of God: 20because by the works of the law shall no flesh be
justified in his sight; for through the law comes
the knowledge of sin.
21But now apart from the law a
righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the law and
the prophets; 22even the righteousness of God through the faith
of Jesus Christ unto all them that believe; for there is no distinction; 23for
all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God; 24 (Nevertheless, we are) justified freely by his grace through the
redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25whom God set forth to
be a propitiation, through faith in his blood, to show his
righteousness because of the passing over of the sins done before, in the
forbearance of God; 26for the showing, I
say, of his righteousness at this present time: that he might himself
be just, and the justifier of him that has faith in Jesus.
then is the glorying? It is excluded.
By what manner of law? Of
works? No: but by a law of faith.
reckon therefore that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of
is God the God of Jews only? Is
he not the God of Gentiles also?
Yes, of Gentiles also:
30if so be that God is one, and
he shall justify the circumcision by faith, and the Uncircumcision through
we then make the law of none effect through faith? God forbid: no, we
establish the law.
then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, has found according to the
flesh? 2For if Abraham was justified by works, he has whereof
to glory; but not toward God.
what do the scripture say? And Abraham believed God, and it was counted
unto him for righteousness.
4Now to him that works, the
reward is not counted as of grace, but as of debt. 5But to him
that works not, but believes on him that justifies the ungodly, his faith
is counted for righteousness.
as David also pronounced blessing upon the man, unto whom God counted
righteousness apart from works, 7saying,
Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, And whose sins are
covered. 8Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not reckon
this blessing then pronounced upon the circumcision, or upon the
Uncircumcision also? For we say, To Abraham his faith was counted for
then was it counted? When he was in circumcision, or in Uncircumcision?
Not in circumcision, but in Uncircumcision:
he received the sign of Circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the
faith which he had while he was in uncircumcision; that he might be the
father of all them that believe,
though they be in uncircumcision, that righteousness might be counted unto
them; 12and the father of Circumcision to them who not only are
of the Circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our
father Abraham which he had in uncircumcision. 13For
not through the law was the promise to Abraham or to his seed that he
should be heir of the world, but through the righteousness of faith. 14For
if they that are of the law are heirs, faith is made void, and the promise
is made of none effect: 15for the law works wrath; but where
there is no law, neither is there transgression. 16For
this cause it is of faith, that it
may be according to grace; to the end that the promise may be sure to
all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which
is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all
it is written, A father of many nations have I made you) before him whom
he believed, even God, who gives
life to the dead, and calls the things that are not, as though they were. 18Who in hope
believed against hope, to the end that he might become a father of many
nations, according to that which had been spoken, So shall your seed be. 19And
without being weakened in faith he considered his own body now as good as
dead (he being about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarahís
womb; 20yet, looking unto the promise of God, he wavered not
through unbelief, but waxed strong through faith, giving glory to God, 21and
being fully assured that what he had promised, he was able also to
perform. 22Wherefore also it was counted unto him for
it was not written for his sake alone, that it was counted unto him; 24but
for our sake also, unto whom it shall be counted, who believe on him that
raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25who was delivered up for
our trespasses, and was raised for our justification.
Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our
Lord Jesus Christ; 2through whom also we have had our access by
faith into this grace wherein we stand; and we rejoice in hope of the
glory of God.
3And not only so, but we also rejoice in our tribulations:
knowing that tribulation works steadfastness; 4and
steadfastness, approval; and approval, hope: 5and hope puts not
to shame; because the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts
through the Holy Spirit which was given unto us.
while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for the ungodly.
scarcely for a righteous man will one die: but peradventure for the good
man some one would even dare to die.
God commended his own love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.
more then, being now justified by his blood, shall we be saved from the
wrath of God through him.
if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of
his Son, much more, being reconciled, shall we be saved by his life; 11and
not only so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
12Therefore, as through one man,
sin entered into the world, and death through sin; and so death passed
unto all men, for that all have sinned:--
13For until the law, sin was in
the world; but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14Nevertheless
death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over them that had not sinned
after the likeness of Adamís transgression, who is a figure of him that
was to come.
15But not as the trespass, so
also is the free gift. For if by
the trespass of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God, and
the gift by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abound unto the many. 16And
not as through one that sinned, so
is the gift: for the judgment came
of one unto condemnation, but the free gift came
of many trespasses unto justification.
17For if, by the trespass of the
one, death reigned through the one; much more shall they that receive the
abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through
the one, even Jesus Christ.
18So then, as through one
trespass the judgment came unto
all men to condemnation; even so, through one act of righteousness the free gift came unto all men to justification of life.
19For as through the one manís
disobedience the many were made sinners, even so, through the obedience of
the one shall the many be made righteous.
the law came in besides, that the trespass might abound; but where sin
abounded, grace did abound more exceedingly:
21that, as sin reigned in death, even so might grace reign
through righteousness unto eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2God
who died to sin, how shall we any longer live therein? 3Or are
you ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized
into his death? 4We were buried therefore with him through
baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through
the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.
5For if we have become united
with him in the likeness of his
death, we shall be also in the
likeness of his resurrection; 6knowing this, that our old
man was crucified with him, that
the body of sin might be done away, so that we should no longer be in
bondage to sin; 7for he that has died (with
Christ) is justified from sin.
8But if we died with Christ, we
believe that we shall also live with him; 9knowing that Christ
being raised from the dead dies no more; death no more has dominion over
him. 10For the death that he died, he died unto sin once: but
the life that he lives, he lives unto God.
11Even so reckon you also
yourselves to be dead unto sin, but alive unto God in Christ Jesus. 12Let
not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey the
lusts thereof: 13neither present your members unto sin as
instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves unto God, as alive
from the dead, and your members as
instruments of righteousness unto God. 14For sin shall not have
dominion over you: for you are not under law, but under grace.
then? Shall we sin, because we are not under law, but under grace? God
16Know you not, that to whom you
present yourselves as servants
unto obedience, his servants you are whom you obey; whether of sin unto
death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
17But thanks be to God, that,
whereas you were servants of sin, you became obedient from the heart to
that form of teaching whereunto you were delivered; 18and being
made free from sin, you became servants of righteousness.
speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as you presented your
members as servants to
uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity, even so now present your
members as servants to righteousness unto sanctification.
20For when you were servants of
sin, you were free in regard of righteousness. 21What fruit
then had you at that time in the things whereof you are now ashamed? For
the end of those things is death.
22But now being made free from
sin and become servants to God, you have your fruit unto sanctification,
and the end eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death; but
the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
7 Or are you ignorant, brethren
(for I speak to men who know the law), that the law has dominion over a
man for so long time as he lives?
2For the woman that has a
husband is bound by law to the husband while he lives; but if the husband
die, she is discharged from the law of the husband. 3So then
if, while the husband lives, she be joined to another man, she shall be
called an adulteress: but if the husband die, she is free from the law, so
that she is no adulteress, though she be joined to another man.
4Wherefore, my brethren, you
also were made dead to the law through the body of Christ; that you should
be joined to another, even to
him who was raised from the dead, that we might bring forth fruit unto
5For when we were in the flesh,
the sinful passions, which were through the law, worked in our members to
bring forth fruit unto death.
6But now we have been
discharged from the law, having died to that wherein we were held; so that
we serve in newness of the spirit, and not in oldness of the letter.
shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid.
I had not known sin, except through the law: for I had not known coveting,
except the law had said, You shall not covet: 8but sin, finding
occasion, worked in me through the commandment all manner of coveting: for
apart from the law sin is dead. 9And
I was alive apart from the law once: but when the commandment came, sin
revived, and I died; 10and the commandment, which was unto life, this I found to
be unto death: 11for sin, finding occasion, through the
commandment beguiled me, and through it slew me. 12So that the
law is holy, and the commandment holy, and righteous, and good.
then that which is good become death unto me? God forbid.
sin, that it might be shown to be sin, by working death to me through that
which is good; --that through the commandment sin might become exceeding
14For we know that the law is
spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15For that which I
do I understand not: for what I would not do, that I practice; but what I
hate, that I do. 16But if I do what I should not do, I consent
unto the law that it is good. 17So now it is no longer I that
do it, but sin which dwells in me. 18For I know that in me,
that is, in my flesh, dwells no good thing: for to will is present with
me, but to do that which is good is not. 19For the good which I would do, I do not: but
the evil which I should not, that I practice. 20But if I do
what I should not do, it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells
in me. 21I find then the law, that, to me who would do good,
evil is present with me. 22For I delight in the law of God
after the inward man: 23but I see a different law in my
members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into
captivity under the law of sin which is in my members. 24O Wretched
man that I am! Who shall deliver me out of the body of this death? 25I
thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then I of myself with the
mind, indeed, serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
8 There is therefore now no
condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus. 2For the law of
the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of
death. 3For what the law could not do, in that it was weak
through the flesh, God, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful
flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4that the
ordinance of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the
flesh, but after the Spirit. 5For they that are after the flesh
do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the
things of the Spirit. 6For the mind of the flesh is death; but
the mind of the Spirit is life and peace: 7because the mind of
the flesh is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God,
neither indeed can it be: 8and they that are in the flesh
cannot please God. 9But you are not in the flesh but in the
Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if any man has
not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10And if Christ is in you, the
body is dead because of sin; but the spirit is life because of
righteousness. 11But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus
from the dead dwells in you, he that raised up Christ Jesus from the dead
shall give life also to your mortal bodies through his Spirit that dwells
in you. 12So then, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh,
to live after the flesh: 13for if you live after the flesh, you
must die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you
shall live. 14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God,
these are sons of God. 15For you received not the spirit of
bondage again unto fear; but you received the spirit of adoption, whereby
we cry, Abba, Father. 16The Spirit himself bears witness with
our spirit, that we are children of God:
17and if children, then heirs;
heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him,
that we may be also glorified with him.
18For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not
worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed to us-ward. 19For
the earnest expectation of the creation waits for the revealing of the
sons of God. 20For the creation was subjected to vanity, not of
its own will, but by reason of him who subjected the same, in hope 21that
the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption
into the liberty of the glory of the children of God. 22For we
know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until
now. 23And not only so, but ourselves also, who have the
first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves,
waiting for our adoption, to
wit, the redemption of our body. 24For in hope were we
saved: but hope that is seen is not hope: for who hopes for that which he
sees? 25But if we hope for that which we see not, then
do we with patience wait for it.
26And in like manner the Spirit
also helps our infirmity: for we know not how to pray as we ought; but the
Spirit himself makes intercession for us
with groanings which cannot be uttered; 27and he that searches
the heart knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes
intercession for the saints according to the
will of God. 28And we know that to them that love God all
things work together for good, even
to them that are called according to his
29For whom he foreknew, he also
foreordained to be conformed to
the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren: 30and
whom he foreordained, them he also called: and whom he called, them he
also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
then shall we say to these things? If God is
for us, who can be against us?
32He that spared not his own
Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not also with him
freely give us all things? 33Who shall lay anything to the
charge of Godís elect? It is God that justifies; 34who is he
that condemns? It is Christ Jesus that died, yes rather, that was raised
from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also makes
intercession for us.
shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or anguish,
or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36Even as it is written, For your sake we are killed
all the daylong; We were accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37No,
in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels,
nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor
height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us
from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
9 I say the truth in Christ, I
lie not, my conscience bearing witness with me in the Holy Spirit, 2that
I have great sorrow and unceasing pain in my heart. 3For I
could wish that I myself were anathema from Christ for my brethrenís
sake, my kinsmen according to the flesh: 4who are Israelites;
whose is the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of
the law, and the service of God,
and the promises; 5whose are the fathers, and of whom is Christ
as concerning the flesh, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
is not as though the word of God has come to nothing. For they are not
all Israel that are of Israel: 7neither, because they are
Abrahamís seed, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall your seed be
called. 8That is, it is
not the children of the flesh that are children of God; but the children
of the promise are counted for a seed. 9For this is a word
of promise, According to this season will I come, and Sarah shall have a
son. 10And not only so; but Rebecca also having conceived by
one, even by our father Isaac-- 11for the children being not yet born, neither having done anything good
or bad, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of
works, but of him that calls, 12it was said unto her, The elder
shall serve the younger. 13Even as it is written, Jacob I
loved, but Esau I hated.
shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
15For he said to Moses, I will
have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have
compassion. 16So then it is not of him that wills, nor of him
that runs, but of God that has mercy. 17For the scripture said
unto Pharaoh, For this very purpose did I raise you up, that I might show
in you my power, and that my name might be published abroad in all the
earth. 18So then he has mercy on whom he will, and whom he will
be hardens. 19You will say then unto me, Why does he still find
fault? For who withstands his will? 20No, but O man, who are
you that replies against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that
formed it, Why did you make me this way? 21Or has not the
potter a right over the clay, from the same lump to make one part a vessel
unto honor, and another unto dishonor? 22What
if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured
with much longsuffering vessels of wrath fitted unto destruction: 23and
that he might make known the riches of his glory upon vessels of mercy,
which he before prepared unto glory, 24even
us, whom he also called, not from the Jews only, but also from the
25As he said also in Hosea, I
will call that my people, which was not my people; And her beloved, that
was not beloved. 26And it shall be, that
in the place where it was said unto them, You are not my people, There
shall they be called sons of the living God. 27And Isaiah cries
concerning Israel, If the number of the children of Israel be as the sand
of the sea, it is the remnant that shall be saved: 28for the
Lord will execute his word upon
the earth, finishing it and cutting it short. 29And, as Isaiah
has said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, We had
become as Sodom, and had been made like unto Gomorrah.
30What shall we say then? That
the Gentiles, who followed not after righteousness, attained to
righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith: 31but
Israel, following after a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that
law. 32Why? Because they
sought it not by faith, but as it were by works. They stumbled at the
stone of stumbling; 33even as it is written, Behold, I lay in
Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offence: And he that believes on
him shall not be put to shame.
10 Brethren, my heartís desire
and my supplication to God is for them, that they may be saved. 2For
I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to
knowledge. 3For being ignorant of Godís righteousness, and
seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the
righteousness of God. 4For Christ is the end of the law unto
righteousness to every one that believes. 5For Moses wrote that
the man that does the righteousness which is of the law shall live
thereby. 6But the righteousness which is of faith said this,
Say not in your heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring
Christ down:) 7or, Who shall descend into the abyss? (That is,
to bring Christ up from the dead.) 8But what does it say? The
word is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart: that is, the word
of faith, which we preach: 9Because if you shall confess with
your mouth Jesus as Lord, and
shall believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall
be saved: 10for with the heart man believes unto righteousness;
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11For the
scripture said, Whosoever believes on him shall not be put to shame.
12For there is no distinction
between Jew and Greek: for the same Lord
is Lord of all, and is rich unto all that call upon him: 13for,
Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14How
then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall
they believe in him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear
without a preacher? 15And how shall they preach, except they be
sent? Even as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that bring
glad tidings of good things! 16But they did not all attend to
the glad tidings. For Isaiah said, Lord, who has believed our report? 17So
belief comes of hearing, and
hearing by the word of Christ. 18But I say, Did they not hear?
Yes, truly, Their sound went out into all the earth, And their words unto
the ends of the world. 19But I say, Did Israel not know? First
Moses said, I will provoke you to jealousy with that which is no nation,
With a nation void of understanding will I anger you. 20And
Isaiah is very bold, and said, I was found of them that sought me not; I
became manifest unto them that asked not of me. 21But as to
Israel he said, All the day long did I spread out my hands unto a
disobedient and gainsaying people.
say then, Did God cast off his people? God forbid. For I also am
an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2God
did not cast off his people which he foreknew. Or know you not
what the scripture said of Elijah? How he pleaded with God against Israel:
3Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have torn down your
altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. 4But what
said the answer of God unto him? I have left for myself seven thousand men
who have not bowed the knee to Baal.
5Even so then at this present
time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 6And
if it is by grace, it is no longer of works: otherwise grace is no longer
grace. But if it be of works, then is it no longer grace: otherwise work
is no longer work.
then? That which Israel seeks for, that he obtained not; but the election
obtained it, and the rest were hardened: 8according as it is
written, God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that they should not see,
and ears that they should not hear, unto this very day. 9And
David said, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, And a
stumblingblock, and a recompense unto them: 10Let their eyes be
darkened, that they may not see, And bow you down their back always.
say then, did they stumble that they might fall? God forbid: but by their
fall salvation is come unto the
Gentiles, to provoke them to jealousy.
12Now if their fall, is the
riches of the world, and their loss the riches of the Gentiles; how much
more their fullness?
13But I speak to you that are
Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I glorify my
ministry; 14if by any means I may provoke to jealousy them
that are my flesh, and may save some of them.
15For if the casting away of
them is the reconciling of the
world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
16And if the firstfruit is holy,
so is the lump: and if the root is holy, so are the branches. 17But
if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, was
grafted in among them, and did become partaker with them of the root of
the fatness of the olive tree; 18glory not over the branches:
but if you glory, it is not you that bear the root, but the root you.
19You will say then, Branches
were broken off, that I might be grafted in.
20Well, by their unbelief they
were broken off and you are standing by your faith.
not high-minded, but fear: 21for if God spared not the natural
branches, neither will he spare you.
then the goodness and severity of God: toward them that fell, severity;
but toward you, Godís goodness, if you continue in his goodness:
otherwise you also shall be cut off.
23And they also, if they
continue not in their unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to
graft them in again.
if you was cut out of that which is by nature a wild olive tree, and was
grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree; how much more shall
these, which are the natural branches,
be grafted into their own olive tree?
I would not, brethren, have you ignorant of this mystery, unless you
become wise in your own conceits, that a hardening in part has befallen
Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in; 26and so
all Israel shall be saved: even as it is written, There shall come out of
Zion the Deliverer; He shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27And
this is my covenant unto them, When I shall take away their sins.
touching the gospel, they are enemies for your sake: but as touching the
election, they are beloved for the fathersí sake. 29For the
gifts and the calling of God are not repented of. 30For as you
in time past were disobedient to God, but now have obtained mercy by their
disobedience, 31even so have these also now been disobedient,
that by the mercy shown to you they also may now obtain mercy. 32For
God has shut up all unto disobedience, that he might have mercy upon all.
33O the depth of the riches both
of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his
judgments, and his ways past tracing out! 34For who has known
the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? 35or who
has first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? 36For
of him, and through him, and unto him, are all things. To him be
the glory for ever. Amen.
12 I beg you therefore,
brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living
sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which
is your reasonable service. 2And be not fashioned according
to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you
may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. 3For
I say, through the grace that was given me, to every man that is among
you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to
think as to think soberly, according as God has dealt to each man a
measure of faith. 4For even as we have many members in one
body, and all the members have not the same office: 5so we, who
are many, are one body in Christ, and severally members one of another. 6And
having gifts differing according to the grace that was given to us,
whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of our faith; 7or
ministry, let us give ourselves
to our ministry; or he that teaches, to his teaching; 8or he
that exhorts, to his exhorting: he that gives, let
him do it with liberality; he that rules, with diligence; he that
shows mercy, with cheerfulness. 9Let love be without hypocrisy.
Detest that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10In
love of the brethren be tenderly affectionate one to another; in honor
preferring one another; 11in diligence not slothful; fervent in
spirit; serving the Lord; 12rejoicing in hope; patient in
tribulation; continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13communicating
to the necessities of the saints; given to hospitality. 14Bless
them that persecute you; bless, and curse not. 15Rejoice with
them that rejoice; weep with them that weep. 16Be of the same
mind one toward another. Set not your mind on high things, but condescend
to things that are lowly. Be not wise in your own conceits. 17Render
to no man evil for evil. Take thought for things honorable in the sight of
all men. 18If it be possible, as much as in you, be at peace
with all men. 19Avenge not yourselves, beloved, but give place
unto the wrath of God: for it is written, Vengeance belongs unto me; I will
recompense, said the Lord. 20But if your enemy hunger, feed
him; if he thirst, give him a drink: for in so doing you shall heap coals
of fire upon his head. 21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome
evil with good.
13 Let every soul be in
subjection to the higher powers: for there is no power but of God; and the
powers that be are ordained of God. 2Therefore he that
resists the power, withstands the ordinance of God: and they that
withstand shall receive to themselves judgment. 3For rulers are
not a terror to the good work, but to the evil. And would you have no fear
of the power? Do that which is good and you shall have praise from the
same: 4for he is a minister of God to you for good. But if you
do that which is evil, be afraid; for he bears not the sword in vain: for
he is a minister of God, an avenger for wrath to him that does evil. 5Wherefore
you must be in subjection, not
only because of the wrath, but also for conscienceí sake. 6For
this cause you pay tribute also; for they are ministers of Godís
service, attending continually upon this very thing.
7Render to all their dues:
tribute to whom tribute is due;
custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. 8Owe
no man anything, accept to love one another: for he that loves his
neighbor has fulfilled the law. 9For this cause, You shall not
commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall not
covet, and if there be any other commandment, it is summed up in this
word, namely, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 10Love
works no ill to his neighbor: love therefore is the fulfillment of the
11And this, knowing the season,
that already it is time for you to awake out of sleep: for now is
salvation nearer to us than when we first
believed. 12The night is far spent, and the day is at hand: let
us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor
of light. 13Let us walk becomingly, as in the day; not in
reveling and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife
and jealousy. 14But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not
provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.
14 But receive him that is weak
in faith, yet not for judgments
of doubts. 2One man has faith to eat all things: but he that is
weak eats herbs. 3Let not him that eats set at nothing him that
eat not; and let not him that eats not judge him that eat: for God has
received him. 4Who are you that judges the servant of another?
To his own lord he stands or falls. Yes, he shall be made to stand; for
the Lord has power to make him stand. 5One man esteems one day
above another: another esteems every day alike.
Let each man be fully assured in his own mind. 6He that regards
the day, regards it unto the Lord: and he that eat, eat unto the Lord, for
he gives God thanks; and he that eat not, unto the Lord he eat not, and
gives God thanks. 7For none of us lives to himself, and none
dies to himself. 8For whether we live, we live unto the Lord;
or whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or
die, we are the Lordís. 9For to this end Christ died and
lived again, that he might be
Lord of both the dead and the living. 10But you, why do you
judge your brother? Or you again, why do you set at nothing your brother?
For we shall all stand before the judgment-seat of God. 11For
it is written, As I live, said the Lord, to me every knee shall bow, And
every tongue shall confess to God. 12So then each one of us
shall give account of himself to God. 13Let us not therefore
judge one another any more: but rather judge this, that no man put a
stumblingblock in his brotherís way, or an occasion of falling. 14I
know, and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean of
itself: accept that to him who accounts anything to be unclean, to him it
is unclean. 15For if because of meat your brother is grieved,
you walk no longer in love. Destroy not him for whom Christ died with your
meat. 16Let not then your good be evil spoken of: 17for
the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace
and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18For he that serves Christ in this
way is well pleasing to God, and approved of men. 19So then let
us follow after things that make for peace, and things whereby we may
edify one another. 20Overthrow not for meatís sake the work
of God. All things indeed are clean; howbeit, it is evil for that man who
eats with offence. 21It is good not to eat flesh, nor to drink
wine, nor to do anything whereby
your brother stumbles. 22The faith which you have, have to
yourself before God. Happy is he that judges not himself in that which he
approve. 23But he that doubt is condemned if he eat, because he eat not of faith; and whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
15 Now we that are strong ought
to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2So
let each one of us please his neighbor for that which is good, unto
edifying. 3For Christ also pleased not himself; but, as it is
written, The reproaches of them that reproached you fell upon me. 4For
whatsoever things were written before were written for our learning, that
through patience and through the comfort of the scriptures we might have
5Now the God of patience and of
comfort grant you to be of the same mind one with another according to
Christ Jesus: 6that with one accord you may with one mouth
glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7Wherefore receive you one
another, even as Christ also received you, to the glory of God. 8For
I say that Christ has been made a minister of the circumcision for the
truth of God, that he might confirm the promises given
unto the fathers, 9and that the Nations might glorify God for
his mercy; as it is written, Therefore will I give praise unto you among
the Nations, And sing unto your name. 10And again he said,
Rejoice, you Nations, with his people. 11And again, Praise the
Lord, all you Nations; And let all the peoples praise him. 12And
again, Isaiah said, There shall be the root of Jesse, And he that arises
to rule over the Nations; on him shall the Nations hope.
13Now the God of hope fill you
with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, in the
power of the Holy Spirit.
14And I myself also am persuaded
of you, my brethren, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with
all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. 15But I write
the more boldly unto you in some measure, as putting you again in
remembrance, because of the grace that was given me of God, 16that
I should be a minister of Christ Jesus unto the Gentiles, ministering the
gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be made
acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
17I have therefore my glorifying
in Christ Jesus in things pertaining to God. 18For I will not
dare to speak of any things save those which Christ worked through me, for
the obedience of the Gentiles, by word and deed, 19in the power
of signs and wonders, in the power of the Holy Spirit; so that from
Jerusalem, and round about even unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the
gospel of Christ; 20yes, making it my aim so to preach the
gospel, not where Christ was already
named, that I might not build upon another manís foundation; 21but,
as it is written, They shall see, to whom no tidings of him came, And they
who have not heard shall understand.
22Wherefore also I was hindered
these many times from coming to you: 23but now, having no more
any place in these regions, and having these many years a longing to come
unto you, 24whensoever I go unto Spain (for I hope to see you
in my journey, and to be brought on my way there by you, if first in some
measure I shall have been satisfied with your company)-- 25but
now, I say, I go unto Jerusalem,
ministering unto the saints. 26For it has been the good
pleasure of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the
poor among the saints that are at Jerusalem. 27Yes, it has been
their good pleasure; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have
been made partakers of their spiritual things, they owe it to them also to minister unto them in carnal things. 28When
therefore I have accomplished this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I
will go on by you unto Spain. 29And I know that, when I come
unto you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.
30Now I beg you brethren, by our
Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, that you strive together
with me in your prayers to God for me; 31that I may be
delivered from them that are disobedient in Judaea, and that
my ministration which I have for
Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints; 32that I may come
unto you in joy through the will of God, and together with you find rest. 33Now
the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
16 I commend unto you Phoebe our
sister, who is a servant of the church that is at Cenchreae: 2that
you receive her in the Lord, worthily of the saints, and that you assist
her in whatsoever matter she may have need of you: for she herself also
has been a helper of many, and of my own self. 3Salute Prisca
and Aquila my fellow-workers in Christ Jesus, 4who for my life
laid down their own necks; unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all
the churches of the Gentiles: 5and salute
the church that is in their house. Salute Epaenetus my beloved, who is the
first fruits of Asia unto Christ. 6Salute Mary, who bestowed
much labor on you. 7Salute Andronicus and Junias, my kinsmen,
and my fellow-prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also have
been in Christ before me. 8Salute Ampliatus my beloved in the
Lord. 9Salute Urbanus our fellow-worker in Christ, and Stachys
my beloved. 10Salute Apelles the approved in Christ. Salute
them that are of the household
of Aristobulus. 11Salute Herodion my kinsman. Salute them of
the household of Narcissus that
are in the Lord. 12Salute Tryphaena and Tryphosa, who labor in
the Lord. Salute Persis the beloved, who labored much in the Lord. 13Salute
Rufus the chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine. 14Salute
Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brethren that are
with them. 15Salute Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his
sister, and Olympas, and all the saints that are with them. 16Salute
one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ salute you.
17Now I beg you brethren, mark
them that are causing the divisions and occasions of stumbling, contrary
to the doctrine which you learned: and turn away from them. 18For
they that are such serve not our Lord Christ, but their own belly; and by
their smooth and fair speech they beguile the hearts of the innocent. 19For
your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I rejoice therefore over you:
but I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple unto that
which is evil. 20And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under
your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
21Timothy my fellow-worker
salutes you; and Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen. 22I
Tertius, who write the epistle, salutes you in the Lord. 23Gaius
my host, and of the whole church, salutes you. Erastus the treasurer of
the city salutes you, and Quartus the brother. 24The
grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
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