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Rom.1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ,
called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God
 which he promised
beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures,
 the gospel concerning his
Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh
 and designated Son
of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ
 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;
 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
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you,
because your faith is proclaimed in all the world.
 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
 asking that somehow by God's will I may now at last succeed in
coming to you.
 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual
gift to strengthen you,
 that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each
other's faith, both yours and mine.
 I 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.
 I am under
obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish:
so I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.
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.
 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."
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and
wickedness of men who by their wickedness suppress the truth.
 For what
can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.
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;
 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.
 Claiming to be wise, they became fools,
 and exchanged the
glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man or birds or animals or reptiles.
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the
dishonoring of their bodies among themselves,
 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.
For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable
passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural,
 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.
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God,
God gave them up to a base mind and to improper conduct.
 They were
filled with all manner of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife,
deceit, malignity, they are gossips,
 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty,
boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,
 foolish, faithless, heartless,
 Though 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.
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.
 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?
 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
 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 revealed.
For he will render to every man according to his works:
 to those who by
patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life;
 but for those who are factious and do not obey the truth, but obey wickedness,
there will be wrath and fury.
 There will be tribulation and distress for every
human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek,
 but glory and
honor and peace for every one who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek.
 For God shows no partiality.
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.
 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous
before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.
 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 law.
 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
 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges
the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.
But if you call yourself a Jew and rely
upon the law and boast of your relation to God
 and know his will and
approve what is excellent, because you are instructed in the law,
 and if you are
sure that you are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness,
corrector of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge
and truth --
 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?
You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?
 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.
 So, if a man who is
uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as
 Then those who are physically uncircumcised but keep the law
will condemn you who have the written code and circumcision but break the law.
 For he is not a real Jew who is one outwardly, nor is true circumcision
something external and physical.
 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 from
Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is
the value of circumcision?
 Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews are
entrusted with the oracles of God.
 What if some were unfaithful? Does their
faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God?
 By no means! Let God be true
though every man be false, as it is written, "That thou mayest be justified in thy words,
prevail when thou art judged."
 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 human way.)
 By no means! For then how could God judge the world?
 But if
through my falsehood God's truthfulness abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as
 And why not do evil that good may come? -- as some people
slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just.
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,
 as it is written: "None is righteous, no,
 no one understands, no one seeks for God.
 All have
turned aside, together they have gone wrong;
no one does good, not even
 "Their throat is an open grave,
they use their tongues to
"The venom of asps is under their lips."
 "Their mouth is full of
curses and bitterness."
 "Their feet are swift to shed blood,
their paths are ruin and misery,
 and the way of peace they do not
 "There is no fear of God before their eyes."
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.
 For no human being will be justified in his sight by works of the law, since
through the law comes knowledge of sin.
But now the righteousness of
God has been manifested apart from law, although the law and the prophets bear witness to it,
 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.
For there is no distinction;
 since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of
 they are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in
 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.
becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On the principle of works? No, but
on the principle of faith.
 For we hold that a man is justified by faith apart
from works of law.
 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of
Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also,
 since God is one; and he will justify the
circumcised on the ground of their faith and the uncircumcised through their faith.
 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we
uphold the law.
What then shall we say about
Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh?
 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 as
 Now to one who works, his wages are not reckoned as a gift but
as his due.
 And to one who does not work but trusts him who justifies the
ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness.
 So also David pronounces a
blessing upon the man to whom God reckons righteousness apart from works:
"Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins
 blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not reckon his
Is this blessing pronounced only upon the circumcised, or also upon the
uncircumcised? We say that faith was reckoned to Abraham as righteousness.
 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.
 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,
 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.
 For the law
brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.
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,
 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.
 In hope he
believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations; as he had been told, "So
shall your descendants be."
 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.
 No distrust made him waver
concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God,
 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.
 That is why his faith was "reckoned to him as righteousness."
 But the words, "it was reckoned to him," were written not for his sake alone,
 but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him that raised from
the dead Jesus our Lord,
 who was put to death for our trespasses and raised for
Therefore, since we are justified by
faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
 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.
 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that
suffering produces endurance,
 and endurance produces character, and character
 and 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.
While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
Why, one will hardly die for a righteous man -- though perhaps for a good man one will dare even
 But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ
died for us.
 Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, much more shall
we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
 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.
 Not only so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord
Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received our reconciliation.
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 --
 sin indeed was in the world
before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law.
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.
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.
 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.
 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.
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.
 For as by one man's disobedience many were
made sinners, so by one man's obedience many will be made righteous.
came in, to increase the trespass; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,
 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness to
eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?
 By no
means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
 Do you not know that all of
us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
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.
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.
 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.
 For he who has died is freed from sin.
 But if we have died with
Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.
 For we know that Christ
being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.
 The death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to
 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you
obey their passions.
 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.
 For sin will have no
dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!
 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?
 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 committed,
 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of
 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 sanctification.
When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
 But then what return did you get from the things of which you are now
ashamed? The end of those things is death.
 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
 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in
Christ Jesus our Lord.
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
 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 the husband.
 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.
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.
 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.
 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.
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."
 But sin, finding opportunity in the
commandment, wrought in me all kinds of covetousness. Apart from the law sin lies dead.
 I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin
revived and I died;
 the very commandment which promised life proved to be
death to me.
 For sin, finding opportunity in the commandment, deceived me
and by it killed me.
 So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just
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 measure.
know that the law is spiritual; but I am carnal, sold under sin.
 I do not
understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good.
So then it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me.
 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.
 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do.
 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells
So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies
close at hand.
 For I delight in the law of God, in my inmost self,
 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.
man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
 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 of sin.
There is therefore
now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
 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,
 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.
 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.
 To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the
Spirit is life and peace.
 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it
does not submit to God's law, indeed it cannot;
 and those who are in the flesh
cannot please God.
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.
 But if Christ is in you, although your bodies are dead
because of sin, your spirits are alive because of righteousness.
 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 flesh --
 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.
 For all who are led by the
Spirit of God are sons of God.
 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!"
 it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of
 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.
I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that
is to be revealed to us.
 For the creation waits with eager longing for the
revealing of the sons of God;
 for the creation was subjected to futility, not of
its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope;
 because the
creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the
children of God.
 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail
together until now;
 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
 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.
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
 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.
We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him,
who are called according to his purpose.
 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 brethren.
 And those whom he predestined he also called; and
those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.
What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us?
 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?
 Who shall bring any charge against God's
elect? It is God who justifies;
 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?
 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or
persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
 As it is written, "For
thy sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be
 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him
who loved us.
 For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor
principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
 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.
I am speaking the truth in
Christ, I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit,
that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.
 For I could wish
that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen by
 They are Israelites, and to them belong the sonship, the glory, the
covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises;
 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.
But it is not as though the word of God had failed.
For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel,
 and not all are
children of Abraham because they are his descendants; but "Through Isaac shall your descendants
 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.
 For this is
what the promise said, "About this time I will return and Sarah shall have a son."
 And not only so, but also when Rebecca had conceived children by one man,
our forefather Isaac,
 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,
 she was told, "The elder will serve the younger."
 As it is written, "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."
shall we say then? Is there injustice on God's part? By no means!
 For he
says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I
 So it depends not upon man's will or exertion, but upon
 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."
 So then he has mercy upon whomever he wills, and he hardens the heart of
whomever he wills.
You will say to me then, "Why does he still find fault?
For who can resist his will?"
 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?"
Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for beauty and
another for menial use?
 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,
 in order to make known the riches of his glory for the vessels of mercy, which
he has prepared beforehand for glory,
 even us whom he has called, not from the
Jews only but also from the Gentiles?
 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
 "And in the very place where it was said to them, `You are not
they will be called `sons of the living God.'"
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;
 for the Lord will execute his
sentence upon the earth with rigor and dispatch."
 And as Isaiah predicted, "If
the Lord of hosts had not left us children,
we would have fared like Sodom and been made
What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue
righteousness have attained it, that is, righteousness through faith;
 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,
 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."
Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for
them is that they may be saved.
 I bear them witness that they have a zeal for
God, but it is not enlightened.
 For, being ignorant of the righteousness that
comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness.
 For Christ is the end of the law, that every one who has faith may be justified.
Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based
on the law shall live by it.
 But the righteousness based on faith says, Do not
say in your heart, "Who will ascend into heaven?" (that is, to bring Christ down)
or "Who will descend into the abyss?" (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).
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);
 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.
For man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved.
 The scripture says, "No one who believes in him will be put to shame."
 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."
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?
 And how can
men preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach
 But they have not all obeyed the gospel; for Isaiah says, "Lord,
who has believed what he has heard from us?"
 So faith comes from what is
heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ.
But I ask, have
they not heard? Indeed they have; for "Their voice has gone out to all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world."
 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."
 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
But of Israel he says, "All day long I have held out my hands to a
disobedient and contrary people."
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 of Benjamin.
 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
 "Lord, they have killed thy prophets, they have demolished thy altars, and
I alone am left, and they seek my life."
 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."
too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace.
 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
 as it is written, "God gave them a spirit of stupor,
should not see and ears that should not hear,
down to this very day."
And David says, "Let their table become a snare and a trap,
a pitfall and a
retribution for them;
 let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see,
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.
 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 mean!
I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my
 in order to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of
 For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their
acceptance mean but life from the dead?
 If the dough offered as first fruits is
holy, so is the whole lump; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.
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 tree,
 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.
 You will say, "Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in."
 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.
 For if God did
not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you.
 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.
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.
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,
so all Israel will be saved; as it is written, "The Deliverer will come from Zion,
he will banish
ungodliness from Jacob";
 "and this will be my covenant with them
take away their sins."
 As regards the gospel they are enemies of God, for your
sake; but as regards election they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers.
For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.
 Just as you were once
disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience,
so they have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may receive
 For God has consigned all men to disobedience, that he may have mercy
O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
who has known the mind of the Lord,
or who has been his counselor?"
who has given a gift to him
that he might be repaid?"
For from him and
through him and to him are all things. To him be glory for ever. Amen.
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.
 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.
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.
 For as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not
have the same function,
 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and
individually members one of another.
 Having gifts that differ according to the
grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;
service, in our serving; he who teaches, in his teaching;
 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.
Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to
what is good;
 love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another
in showing honor.
 Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord.
 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.
with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
 Live in harmony with one
another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; never be conceited.
Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.
If possible, so far as it depends upon you, live peaceably with all.
never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God; for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I
will repay, says the Lord."
 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."
 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
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
 Therefore he who resists the authorities resists what God has
appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
 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,
 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.
 For the same reason you
also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.
 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 due.
Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled
 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."
 Love does no wrong
to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Besides 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;
 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;
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.
As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him,
but not for disputes over opinions.
 One believes he may eat anything, while
the weak man eats only vegetables.
 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
 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
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.
 None of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself.
 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.
 For to this end Christ died
and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
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;
 for it is written, "As I
live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall give praise to
 So each of us shall give account of himself to God.
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.
 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.
 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.
do not let your good be spoken of as evil.
 For the kingdom of God is not food
and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit;
 he who thus
serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.
 Let us then pursue
what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
 Do 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 stumble.
 The faith that you have, keep between yourself
and God; happy is he who has no reason to judge himself for what he approves.
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.
We who are
strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves;
 let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to edify him.
 For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, "The reproaches of those
who reproached thee fell on me."
 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.
 May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to
live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,
 that together
you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
 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,
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 name";
 and again it is said,
"Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people";
 and again, "Praise the Lord, all
and let all the peoples praise him";
 and further Isaiah says, "The
root of Jesse shall come,
he who rises to rule the Gentiles;
in him shall the Gentiles
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.
am satisfied about you, my brethren, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all
knowledge, and able to instruct one another.
 But on some points I have
written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God
 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
 In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God.
 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,
 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,
 thus making it my
ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on another
 but as it is written, "They shall see who have never been told
and they shall understand who have never heard of him."
is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you.
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,
 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.
 At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem with aid for the saints.
 For Macedo'nia and Acha'ia have been pleased to make some contribution for
the poor among the saints at Jerusalem;
 they 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.
 When therefore I have
completed this, and have delivered to them what has been raised, I shall go on by way of you to
 and I know that when I come to you I shall come in the fulness of the
blessing of Christ.
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,
 that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service
for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,
 so that by God's will I may come
to you with joy and be refreshed in your company.
 The God of peace be with
you all. Amen.
I commend to you our sister Phoebe,
a deaconess of the church at Cen'chre-ae,
 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.
Greet Prisca and Aq'uila, my fellow
workers in Christ Jesus,
 who risked their necks for my life, to whom not
only I but also all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks;
 greet also the church
in their house. Greet my beloved Epae'netus, who was the first convert in Asia for Christ.
 Greet Mary, who has worked hard among you.
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.
 Greet Amplia'tus, my beloved in the
 Greet Urba'nus, our fellow worker in Christ, and my beloved Stachys.
 Greet Apel'les, who is approved in Christ. Greet those who belong to the family
 Greet my kinsman Hero'dion. Greet those in the Lord who
belong to the family of Narcis'sus.
 Greet those workers in the Lord, Tryphae'na
and Trypho'sa. Greet the beloved Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord.
Greet Rufus, eminent in the Lord, also his mother and mine.
 Greet Asyn'critus,
Phlegon, Hermes, Pat'robas, Hermas, and the brethren who are with them.
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.
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.
 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.
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;
 then the God of peace will soon
crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
Timothy, my fellow worker, greets you; so do Lucius and Jason and Sosip'ater, my kinsmen.
I Tertius, the writer of this letter, greet you in the Lord.
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.
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
 but 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 --
 to the only wise God be glory for evermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.