Bible (Literal Standard Version)/Romans

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Chapter 1Edit

1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, a called apostle, having been separated to the good news of God, 2 which He announced before through His prophets in holy writings, 3 concerning His Son—who has come of the seed of David according to the flesh, 4 who is marked out [as the] Son of God in power, according to the Spirit of sanctification, by the resurrection from the dead—Jesus Christ our Lord; 5 through whom we received grace and apostleship, for obedience of faith among all the nations, in behalf of His Name; 6 among whom are also you, the called of Jesus Christ; 7 to all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called holy ones: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! 8 First, indeed, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is proclaimed in the whole world; 9 for God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the good news of His Son, how unceasingly I make mention of you, 10 always in my prayers imploring, if by any means now at length I will have a prosperous journey, by the will of God, to come to you, 11 for I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, that you may be established; 12 and that is, that I may be comforted together among you, through faith in one another, both yours and mine. 13 And I do not wish you to be ignorant, brothers, that many times I purposed to come to you—and was hindered until the present time—that some fruit I might have also among you, even as also among the other nations. 14 Both to Greeks and to foreigners, both to wise and to thoughtless, I am a debtor, 15 so, as much as in me is, I am ready also to you who [are] in Rome to proclaim good news, 16 for I am not ashamed of the good news of the Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation to everyone who is believing, both to Jew first, and to Greek. 17 For the righteousness of God in it is revealed from faith to faith, according as it has been written: "And the righteous one will live by faith," 18 for the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven on all impiety and unrighteousness of men, holding down the truth in unrighteousness. 19 Because that which is known of God is revealed among them, for God revealed [it] to them, 20 for the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world, by the things made being understood, are plainly seen, both His eternal power and Godhead—to their being inexcusable; 21 because, having known God they did not glorify [Him] as God, nor gave thanks, but were made vain in their reasonings, and their unintelligent heart was darkened, 22 professing to be wise, they were made fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of birds, and of quadrupeds, and of reptiles. 24 For this reason also God gave them up, in the desires of their hearts, to uncleanness, to dishonor their bodies among themselves; 25 who changed the truth of God into the lie, and honored and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for all ages. Amen. 26 Because of this God gave them up to dishonorable affections, for even their females changed the natural use into that against nature; 27 and in like manner also the males having left the natural use of the female, burned in their longing toward one another; males with males working shame, and the repayment of their error that was fit, in themselves receiving. 28 And according as they did not approve of having God in knowledge, God gave them up to a disapproved mind, to do the things not seemly; 29 having been filled with all unrighteousness, whoredom, wickedness, covetousness, malice; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil dispositions; whisperers, 30 evil-speakers, God-haters, insulting, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 unintelligent, faithless, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful; 32 who the righteous judgment of God having known—that those practicing such things are worthy of death—not only do them, but also have delight with those practicing them.

Chapter 2Edit

1 Therefore, you are inexcusable, O man—everyone who is judging—for in that in which you judge the other, yourself you condemn, for the same things you practice who are judging, 2 and we have known that the judgment of God is according to truth, on those practicing such things. 3 And do you think this, O man, who are judging those who such things are practicing, and are doing them, that you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or the riches of His goodness, and forbearance, and long-suffering, do you despise, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to conversion? 5 But according to your hardness and impenitent heart, you treasure up wrath to yourself in [the] day of wrath and of the revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6 who will render to each according to his works; 7 to those, indeed, who in continuance of a good work, seek glory, and honor, and incorruptibility—continuous life; 8 and to those contentious, and disobedient, indeed, to the truth, and obeying the unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, 9 tribulation and distress, on every soul of man that is working the evil, both of Jew first, and of Greek; 10 and glory, and honor, and peace, to everyone who is working the good, both to Jew first, and to Greek. 11 For there is no favor by appearance with God, 12 for as many as sinned without law, will also perish without law, and as many as sinned in law, through law will be judged, 13 for not the hearers of the Law [are] righteous before God, but the doers of the Law will be declared righteous. 14 For when nations that have no law, by nature may do the things of the Law, these not having a law—to themselves are a law, 15 who show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience also witnessing with them, and between one another the thoughts accusing or else defending, 16 in the day when God will judge the secrets of men, according to my good news, through Jesus Christ. 17 Behold, you are named a Jew, and rest on the Law, and boast in God, 18 and know the will, and approve the distinctions, being instructed out of the Law, 19 and have confidence that you yourself are a leader of blind ones, a light of those in darkness, 20 a corrector of foolish ones, a teacher of babies, having the form of the knowledge and of the truth in the Law. 21 You, then, who are teaching another, do you not teach yourself? 22 You who are preaching not to steal, do you steal? You who are saying not to commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who are abhorring the idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the Law, through the transgression of the Law do you dishonor God? 24 For evil is spoken of the Name of God among the nations because of you, according as it has been written. 25 For circumcision, indeed, profits, if you may practice law, but if you may be a transgressor of law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. 26 If, therefore, the uncircumcision may keep the righteousness of the Law, will not his uncircumcision be reckoned for circumcision? 27 And the uncircumcision, by nature, fulfilling the Law, will judge you who, through letter and circumcision, [are] a transgressor of law. 28 For he is not a Jew who is [so] outwardly, neither [is] circumcision that which is outward in flesh; 29 but a Jew [is] he who is [so] inwardly, and circumcision [is] of the heart, in spirit, not in letter, of which the praise is not of men, but of God.

Chapter 3Edit

1 What, then, [is] the superiority of the Jew? Or what the profit of the circumcision? 2 Much in every way; for first, indeed, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God; 3 for what, if certain were faithless? Will their faithlessness make the faithfulness of God useless? 4 Let it not be! And let God become true, and every man false, according as it has been written: "That You may be declared righteous in Your words, and may overcome in Your being judged." 5 And if our unrighteousness establishes God's righteousness, what will we say? Is God unrighteous who is inflicting the wrath? (I speak after the manner of a man.) 6 Let it not be! Since how will God judge the world? 7 For if the truth of God in my falsehood abounded more to His glory, why am I also yet judged as a sinner? 8 And not, as we are spoken evil of, and as certain affirm us to say, "We may do the evil things, that the good ones may come?" Whose judgment is righteous. 9 What, then? Are we better? Not at all! For we charged before both Jews and Greeks with being all under sin, 10 according as it has been written: "There is none righteous, not even one; 11 there is none who is understanding, there is none who is seeking after God. 12 All went out of the way, together they became unprofitable, there is none doing good, there is not even one. 13 Their throat [is] an opened grave; with their tongues they used deceit; poison of cobras [is] under their lips— 14 whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. 15 Their feet [are] swift to shed blood. 16 Ruin and misery [are] in their ways. 17 And a way of peace they did not know. 18 There is no fear of God before their eyes." 19 And we have known that as many things as the Law says, to those in the Law it speaks, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may come under judgment to God; 20 for this reason by works of law will no flesh be declared righteous before Him, for through law is a knowledge of sin. 21 And now apart from law the righteousness of God has been revealed, testified to by the Law and the Prophets, 22 and the righteousness of God [is] through the faith of Jesus Christ to all, and on all those believing—for there is no difference, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God— 24 being declared righteous freely by His grace through the redemption that [is] in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth [as] a propitiatory covering, through faith in His blood, for the showing forth of His righteousness, because of the passing over of the former sins in the forbearance of God— 26 for the showing forth of His righteousness in the present time, for His being righteous, and declaring him righteous who [is] of the faith of Jesus. 27 Where then [is] the boasting? It was excluded; by what law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith: 28 therefore we reckon a man to be declared righteous by faith, apart from works of law. 29 [Is He] only the God of Jews, and not also of nations? 30 Yes, also of nations; since [there is] one God who will declare righteous circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. 31 Do we then make law useless through faith? Let it not be! Indeed, we establish law.

Chapter 4Edit

1 What, then, will we say Abraham our father to have found, according to flesh? 2 For if Abraham was declared righteous by works, he has to boast—but not before God; 3 for what does the writing say? "And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him for righteousness"; 4 and to him who is working, the reward is not reckoned of grace, but of debt; 5 and to him who is not working, and is believing on Him who is declaring righteous the impious, his faith is reckoned for righteousness— 6 even as David also speaks of the blessedness of the man to whom God reckons righteousness apart from works: 7 "Blessed [are] they whose lawless acts were forgiven, || And whose sins were covered; 8 Blessed [is] the man || To whom the LORD may not reckon sin." 9 [Is] this blessedness, then, on the circumcision, or also on the uncircumcision—for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness? 10 How then was it reckoned? He being in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision; 11 and he received a sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of faith in the uncircumcision, for his being father of all those believing through uncircumcision, for the righteousness also being reckoned to them, 12 and father of circumcision to those not of circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of faith, that [is] in the uncircumcision of our father Abraham. 13 For not through law [is] the promise to Abraham, or to his seed, of his being heir of the world, but through the righteousness of faith; 14 for if they who are of law [are] heirs, faith has been made void, and the promise has been made useless; 15 for the Law works wrath; for where law is not, neither [is] transgression. 16 Because of this [it is] of faith, that [it may be] according to grace, for the promise being sure to all the seed, not to that which [is] of the Law only, but also to that which [is] of the faith of Abraham, 17 who is father of us all (according as it has been written: "A father of many nations I have set you,") before Him whom he believed—God, who is quickening the dead, and is calling the things that are not as being. 18 Who, against hope, believed in hope, for his becoming father of many nations according to that spoken: "So will your seed be"; 19 and having not been weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already become dead (being about one hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah's womb, 20 and at the promise of God did not stagger in unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, having given glory to God, 21 and having been fully persuaded that what He has promised He is also able to do: 22 for this reason also it was reckoned to him for righteousness. 23 And it was not written on his account alone that it was reckoned to him, 24 but also on ours, to whom it is about to be reckoned—to us believing on Him who raised up Jesus our Lord out of the dead, 25 who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised up because of our being declared righteous.

Chapter 5Edit

1 Having been declared righteous, then, by faith, we have peace toward God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have the access by faith into this grace in which we have stood, and we boast on the hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only [so], but we also boast in the tribulations, knowing that the tribulation works endurance; 4 and the endurance, experience; and the experience, hope; 5 and the hope does not make ashamed, because the love of God has been poured forth in our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. 6 For in our being still ailing, Christ in due time died for the impious; 7 for scarcely for a righteous man will anyone die, for the good man perhaps someone also dares to die; 8 and God commends His own love to us, that, in our being still sinners, Christ died for us; 9 much more, then, having been declared righteous now in His blood, we will be saved through Him from the wrath; 10 for if, being enemies, we have been reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we will be saved in His life. 11 And not only [so], but we are also boasting in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we now received the reconciliation; 12 because of this, even as through one man sin entered into the world, and through sin—death; and thus to all men death passed through, for that all sinned; 13 for until law sin was in the world: and sin is not reckoned when there is not law; 14 but death reigned from Adam until Moses, even on those having not sinned in the likeness of Adam's transgression, who is a type of Him who is coming. 15 But not as the offense so also [is] the free gift; for if by the offense of the one the many died, much more the grace of God, and the free gift in grace of the one man Jesus Christ, abound to the many; 16 and not as through one who sinned [is] the free gift, for the judgment indeed [is] of one to condemnation, but the gift [is] of many offenses to a declaration of "Righteous," 17 for if by the offense of the one death reigned through the one, much more those who are receiving the abundance of grace and of the free gift of righteousness, in life will reign through the one—Jesus Christ. 18 So, then, as through one offense to all men [it is] to condemnation, so also through one declaration of "Righteous" [it is] to all men to justification of life; 19 for as through the disobedience of the one man, the many were constituted sinners: so also through the obedience of the One, will the many be constituted righteous. 20 And law came in, that the offense might abound, and where sin abounded, grace hyper-abounded, 21 that even as sin reigned in death, so also grace may reign, through righteousness, to continuous life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Chapter 6Edit

1 What, then, will we say? Will we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Let it not be! We who died to sin—how will we still live in it? 3 Are you ignorant that we, as many as were immersed into Christ Jesus, were immersed into His death? 4 We were buried together, then, with Him through the immersion into death, that even as Christ was raised up out of the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have become planted together to the likeness of His death, [so] we also will be of the resurrection; 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with [Him], that the body of sin may be made useless, for our no longer serving sin, 7 for he who has died has been set free from sin. 8 And if we died with Christ, we believe that we also will live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised up out of the dead, dies no more; death has no more lordship over Him; 10 for in that He died, He died to sin once, and in that He lives, He lives to God; 11 so also you, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, and living to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 Do not let then sin reign in your mortal body, to obey it in its desires; 13 neither present your members instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as living out of the dead, and your members instruments of righteousness to God; 14 for sin will not have lordship over you, for you are not under law, but under grace. 15 What then? Will we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Let it not be! 16 Have you not known that to whom you present yourselves servants for obedience, servants you are to him to whom you obey, whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness? 17 And thanks to God, that you were servants of sin, and—were obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were delivered up; 18 and having been freed from sin, you became servants to righteousness. 19 I speak in a human [way], because of the weakness of your flesh, for even as you presented your members servants to the uncleanness and to the lawlessness—to the lawlessness, so now present your members servants to righteousness—to sanctification, 20 for when you were servants of sin, you were free from righteousness. 21 What fruit, therefore, were you having then, in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those [is] death. 22 And now, having been freed from sin, and having become servants to God, you have your fruit—to sanctification, and the end continuous life; 23 for the wages of sin [is] death, and the gift of God [is] continuous life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Chapter 7Edit

1 Are you ignorant, brothers—for to those knowing law I speak—that the law has lordship over the man as long as he lives? 2 For the married woman to the living husband has been bound by law, and if the husband may die, she has been free from the law of the husband; 3 so then, the husband being alive, she will be called an adulteress if she may become another man's; and if the husband may die, she is free from the law, so as not to be an adulteress, having become another man's. 4 So that, my brothers, you also were made dead to the law through the body of the Christ, for your becoming another's, who was raised up out of the dead, that we might bear fruit to God; 5 for when we were in the flesh, the passions of sins, that [are] through the Law, were working in our members, to bear fruit to death; 6 and now we have ceased from the Law, that being dead in which we were held, so that we may serve in newness of spirit, and not in oldness of letter. 7 What, then, will we say? The Law [is] sin? Let it not be! But I did not know sin except through law, for also the covetousness I had not known if the Law had not said: 8 "You will not covet"; and sin having received an opportunity, through the command, worked in me all covetousness—for apart from law sin is dead. 9 And I was alive apart from law once, and the command having come, sin revived, and I died; 10 and the command that [is] for life, this was found by me for death; 11 for sin, having received an opportunity, through the command, deceived me, and through it, slew [me], 12 so that the Law, indeed, [is] holy, and the command holy, and righteous, and good. 13 That which is good then, has it become death to me? Let it not be! But sin, that it might appear sin, through the good, working death to me, that sin might become exceedingly sinful through the command. 14 For we have known that the Law is spiritual, and I am fleshly, sold by sin; 15 for that which I work, I do not acknowledge; for not what I will, this I practice, but what I hate, this I do. 16 And if what I do not will, this I do, I consent to the Law that [it is] good, 17 and now it is no longer I that work it, but sin dwelling in me, 18 for I have known that there does not dwell in me, that is, in my flesh, good: for to will is present with me, and I do not find to work that which is right, 19 for the good that I will, I do not do; but the evil that I do not will, this I practice. 20 And if what I do not will, this I do, it is no longer I that work it, but sin that is dwelling in me. 21 I find, then, the law, that when I desire to do what is right, the evil is present with me, 22 for I delight in the Law of God according to the inward man, 23 and I behold another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin that [is] in my members. 24 A wretched man I [am]! Who will deliver me out of the body of this death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord; so then, I myself indeed serve the Law of God with the mind, and with the flesh, the law of sin.

Chapter 8Edit

1 There is, then, now no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit; 2 for the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus set me free from the law of sin and of death; 3 for what the Law was not able to do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God, His own Son having sent in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteousness of the Law may be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who are according to the flesh, mind the things of the flesh; and those according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit; 6 for the mind of the flesh [is] death, and the mind of the Spirit—life and peace; 7 because the mind of the flesh [is] enmity to God, for to the Law of God it does not subject itself, 8 for neither is it able; and those who are in the flesh are not able to please God. 9 And you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you; and if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ—this one is not His; 10 and if Christ [is] in you, the body, indeed, [is] dead because of sin, and the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness, 11 and if the Spirit of Him who raised up Jesus out of the dead dwells in you, He who raised up the Christ out of the dead will also quicken your dying bodies, through His Spirit dwelling in you. 12 So, then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh; 13 for if according to the flesh you live, you are about to die; and if, by the Spirit, the deeds of the body you put to death, you will live; 14 for as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God; 15 for you did not receive a spirit of bondage again for fear, but you received [the] Spirit of adoption in which we cry, "Abba! Father!" 16 [This] One—the Spirit—testifies with our spirit, that we are children of God; 17 and if children, also heirs, heirs, indeed, of God, and heirs together of Christ—if, indeed, we suffer together, that we may also be glorified together. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of the present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory about to be revealed in us; 19 for the earnest looking out of the creation expects the revelation of the sons of God; 20 for to vanity was the creation made subject—not of its will, but because of Him who subjected [it]—in hope, 21 that also the creation itself will be set free from the servitude of the corruption to the liberty of the glory of the children of God; 22 for we have known that all the creation groans together, and travails in pain together until now. 23 And not only [so], but also we ourselves, having the first-fruit of the Spirit, we also ourselves groan in ourselves, expecting adoption—the redemption of our body; 24 for in hope we were saved, and hope beheld is not hope; for what anyone beholds, why does he also hope for [it]? 25 And if what we do not behold we hope for, through continuance we expect [it]. 26 And in like manner also, the Spirit helps our weaknesses; for what we may pray for, as it is necessary, we have not known, but [this] One—the Spirit—makes intercession for us with unutterable groanings, 27 and He who is searching the hearts has known what [is] the mind of the Spirit, because according to God He intercedes for holy ones. 28 And we have known that to those loving God all things work together for good, to those who are called according to purpose; 29 because whom He foreknew, He also foreordained, conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be firstborn among many brothers; 30 and whom He foreordained, these also He called; and whom He called, these also He declared righteous; and whom He declared righteous, these also He glorified. 31 What, then, will we say to these things? If God [is] for us, who [is] against us? 32 He who indeed did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him grant to us all things? 33 Who will lay a charge against the chosen ones of God? God [is] He that is declaring righteous; 34 who [is] he that is condemning? Christ [is] He that died, indeed, rather also, was raised up; who is also on the right hand of God—who also interceded for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of the Christ? Tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 According as it has been written: "For Your sake we are put to death all the day long; we were reckoned as sheep of slaughter." 37 But in all these we more than conquer, through Him who loved us; 38 for I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor messengers, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, 39 nor things about to be, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God that [is] in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Chapter 9Edit

1 Truth I say in Christ, I do not lie, my conscience bearing testimony with me in the Holy Spirit, 2 that I have great grief and unceasing pain in my heart— 3 for I was wishing, I myself, to be accursed from the Christ—for my brothers, my relatives, according to the flesh, 4 who are Israelites, whose [is] the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the lawgiving, and the service, and the promises, 5 whose [are] the fathers, and of whom [is] the Christ, according to the flesh, who is God over all, blessed for all ages. Amen. 6 And it is not possible that the word of God has failed; for not all who [are] of Israel are these of Israel; 7 nor because they are seed of Abraham [are] all children, but, "in Isaac will a seed be called to you"; 8 that is, the children of the flesh—these [are] not children of God; but the children of the promise are reckoned for seed; 9 for the word of promise [is] this: "According to this time I will come, and there will be to Sarah a son." 10 And not only [so], but also Rebecca, having conceived by one—our father Isaac 11 (for they being not yet born, neither having done anything good or evil, that the purpose of God, according to [divine] selection, might remain; not of works, but of Him who is calling), 12 it was said to her, "The greater will serve the less"; 13 according as it has been written: "Jacob I loved, and Esau I hated." 14 What, then, will we say? Unrighteousness [is] with God? Let it not be! 15 For to Moses He says, "I will do kindness to whom I do kindness, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion"; 16 so then—not of him who is willing, nor of him who is running, but of God who is doing kindness; 17 for the Writing says to Pharaoh, "For this very thing I raised you up, that I might show in you My power, and that My Name might be declared in all the land"; 18 so then, to whom He wills, He does kindness, and to whom He wills, He hardens. 19 You will say, then, to me, "Why does He yet find fault? For who has resisted His counsel?" 20 No, but, O man, who are you that are answering again to God? Will the thing formed say to Him who formed [it], Why did you make me thus? 21 Does the potter not have authority over the clay, out of the same lump to make one vessel to honor and one to dishonor? 22 And if God, willing to show the wrath and to make known His power, endured, in much long suffering, vessels of wrath fitted for destruction, 23 and that He might make known the riches of His glory on vessels of kindness, that He before prepared for glory, whom also He called—us— 24 not only out of Jews, but also out of nations, 25 as also in Hosea He says, "I will call what [is] not My people—My people; and her not beloved—Beloved, 26 and it will be—in the place where it was said to them, You [are] not My people; there they will be called sons of the living God." 27 And Isaiah cries concerning Israel, "If the number of the sons of Israel may be as the sand of the sea, the remnant will be saved; 28 for a matter He is finishing, and is cutting short in righteousness, because a matter cut short will the LORD do on the land." 29 And according as Isaiah says before, "Except the LORD of Hosts left to us a seed, we had become as Sodom, and we had been made like Gomorrah." 30 What, then, will we say? That nations who are not pursuing righteousness attained to righteousness, and righteousness that [is] of faith, 31 and Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at a law of righteousness; 32 why? Because—not by faith, but as by works of law; for they stumbled at the stone of stumbling, 33 according as it has been written: "Behold, I place in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense; and everyone who is believing thereon will not be ashamed."

Chapter 10Edit

1 Brothers, the pleasure indeed of my heart, and my supplication that [is] to God for Israel, is—for salvation; 2 for I bear them testimony that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge, 3 for not knowing the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, they did not submit to the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is an end of law for righteousness to everyone who is believing, 5 for Moses describes the righteousness that [is] of the Law, that, "The man who did them will live in them," 6 and the righteousness of faith thus speaks: "You may not say in your heart, Who will go up to Heaven?" (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 or, "Who will go down to the abyss?" (that is, to bring up Christ out of the dead). 8 But what does it say? "The saying is near you—in your mouth, and in your heart": that is, the saying of the faith that we preach; 9 that if you may confess with your mouth that Jesus [is] LORD, and may believe in your heart that God raised Him out of the dead, you will be saved, 10 for with the heart [one] believes to righteousness, and with the mouth is confession made to salvation; 11 for the Writing says, "Everyone who is believing on Him will not be ashamed," 12 for there is no difference between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord of all [is] rich to all those calling on Him, 13 for "Everyone who, if he may have called on the Name of the LORD, will be saved." 14 How then will they call on [Him] in whom they did not believe? And how will they believe [on Him] of whom they did not hear? And how will they hear apart from one preaching? 15 And how will they preach, if they may not be sent? According as it has been written: "How beautiful the feet of those proclaiming good tidings of peace, of those proclaiming good tidings of the good things!" 16 But they were not all obedient to the good tidings, for Isaiah says, "LORD, who gave credence to our report?" 17 So then faith [is] by a report, and the report through a saying of God, 18 but I say, did they not hear? Yes, indeed, "their voice went forth to all the earth, and their sayings to the ends of the habitable world." 19 But I say, did Israel not know? First Moses says, "I will provoke you to jealousy by [that which is] not a nation, || By an unintelligent nation I will anger you," 20 and Isaiah is very bold and says, "I was found by those not seeking Me; I became visible to those not inquiring after Me"; 21 and to Israel He says, "All the day I stretched out My hands to a people unbelieving and contradicting."

Chapter 11Edit

1 I say then, did God cast away His people? Let it not be! For I am also an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin: 2 God did not cast away His people whom He knew before; have you not known—in Elijah—what the Writing says? How he pleads with God concerning Israel, saying, 3 "LORD, they killed Your prophets, and they dug down Your altars, and I was left alone, and they seek my life"; 4 but what does the divine answer say to him? "I left to Myself seven thousand men who did not bow a knee to Ba'al." 5 So then also in the present time there has been a remnant according to the [divine] selection of grace; 6 and if by grace, no longer of works, otherwise grace becomes no longer grace; and if of works, it is no longer grace, otherwise work is no longer work. 7 What then? What Israel seeks after, this it did not obtain, and the chosen obtained, and the rest were hardened, 8 according as it has been written: "God gave to them a spirit of deep sleep, eyes not to see, and ears not to hear, to this very day," 9 and David says, "Let their table become for a snare, and for a trap, and for a stumbling-block, and for a repayment to them; 10 let their eyes be darkened—not to behold, and You always bow down their back." 11 I say then, did they stumble that they might fall? Let it not be! But by their fall the salvation [is] to the nations, to arouse them to jealousy; 12 and if their fall [is] the riches of [the] world, and their diminishment the riches of nations, how much more their fullness? 13 For to you I speak—to the nations—inasmuch as I am indeed an apostle of nations, I glorify my ministry; 14 if I will arouse my own flesh to jealousy by any means, and will save some of them, 15 for if the casting away of them [is] a reconciliation of the world, what the reception—if not life out of the dead? 16 And if the first-fruit [is] holy, the lump also; and if the root [is] holy, the branches also. 17 And if certain of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and became a fellow-partaker of the root and of the fatness of the olive tree— 18 do not boast against the branches; and if you boast, you do not bear the root, but the root you! 19 You will say, then, "The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in"; right! 20 By unbelief they were broken off, and you have stood by faith; do not be high-minded, but be fearing; 21 for if God did not spare the natural branches—lest perhaps He also will not spare you. 22 Behold, then, goodness and severity of God—on those indeed who fell, severity; and on you, goodness, if you may remain in the goodness, otherwise, you also will be cut off. 23 And those also, if they may not remain in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again; 24 for if you, out of the olive tree, wild by nature, were cut out, and contrary to nature, were grafted into a good olive tree, how much rather will they, who [are] according to nature, be grafted into their own olive tree? 25 For I do not wish you to be ignorant, brothers, of this secret—that you may not be wise in your own conceits—that hardness in part to Israel has happened until the fullness of the nations may come in; 26 and so all Israel will be saved, according as it has been written: "There will come forth out of Zion He who is delivering, and He will turn away impiety from Jacob, 27 and this to them [is] the covenant from Me when I may take away their sins." 28 As regards, indeed, the good tidings, [they are] enemies on your account; and as regards the [divine] selection—beloved on account of the fathers; 29 for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable; 30 for as you also once did not believe in God, and now found kindness by the unbelief of these, 31 so also these now did not believe, that in your kindness they also may find kindness; 32 for God shut up together the whole to unbelief, that to the whole He might do kindness. 33 O depth of riches, and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and untraceable His ways! 34 For who knew the mind of the LORD? Or who became His counselor? 35 Or who first gave to Him, and it will be given back to him again? 36 Because of Him, and through Him, and to Him [are] all things; to Him [is] the glory—for all ages. Amen.

Chapter 12Edit

1 I call on you, therefore, brothers, through the compassions of God, to present your bodies [as] a sacrifice—living, sanctified, acceptable to God—your intelligent service; 2 and do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, for your proving what [is] the will of God—the good, and acceptable, and perfect. 3 For I say, through the grace that was given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think above what it ought to think; but to think so as to think wisely, as to each God dealt a measure of faith, 4 for as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same office, 5 so we, the many, are one body in Christ, and members of one another—each one. 6 And having gifts, different according to the grace that was given to us: whether prophecy, according to the proportion of faith; 7 or ministry, in the ministry; or he who is teaching, in the teaching; 8 or he who is exhorting, in the exhortation; he who is sharing, in simplicity; he who is leading, in diligence; he who is doing kindness, in cheerfulness. 9 The love unhypocritical: abhorring the evil; cleaving to the good; 10 in the love of brothers, to one another kindly affectioned: in the honor going before one another; 11 in the diligence not slothful; in the spirit fervent; serving the LORD; 12 in the hope rejoicing; in the tribulation enduring; in the prayer persevering; 13 to the necessities of the holy ones communicating; the hospitality pursuing. 14 Bless those persecuting you; bless, and do not curse; 15 to rejoice with the rejoicing, and to weep with the weeping, 16 of the same mind toward one another, not minding the high things, but with the lowly going along; do not become wise in your own conceit; 17 giving back to no one evil for evil; providing right things before all men. 18 If possible—so far as in you—with all men being in peace; 19 not avenging yourselves, beloved, but give place to the wrath, for it has been written: "Vengeance [is] Mine, 20 I will repay again, says the LORD"; if, then, your enemy hungers, feed him; if he thirsts, give him drink; for doing this, you will heap coals of fire on his head. 21 Do not be overcome by the evil, but overcome, in the good, the evil.

Chapter 13Edit

1 Let every soul be subject to the higher authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and the authorities existing are appointed by God, 2 so that he who is setting himself against the authority, has resisted against God's ordinance; and those resisting will receive judgment to themselves. 3 For those ruling are not a terror to the good works, but to the evil; and do you wish to not be afraid of the authority? Be doing that which is good, and you will have praise from it, 4 for it is a servant of God to you for good; and if you may do that which is evil, be fearing, for it does not bear the sword in vain; for it is a servant of God, an avenger for wrath to him who is doing that which is evil. 5 For this reason it is necessary to be subject, not only because of the wrath, but also because of the conscience, 6 for because of this you also pay tribute; for they are servants of God, on this very thing attending continually; 7 render, therefore, to all [their] dues; to whom tribute, the tribute; to whom custom, the custom; to whom fear, the fear; to whom honor, the honor. 8 To no one owe anything, except to love one another; for he who is loving the other—he has fulfilled law, 9 for, "You will not commit adultery, You will not murder, You will not steal, You will not bear false testimony, You will not covet"; and if there is any other command, in this word it is summed up, in this: "You will love your neighbor as yourself"; 10 the love to the neighbor works no ill; the love, therefore, [is] the fullness of law. 11 And this, knowing the time, that for us, the hour already [is] to be aroused out of sleep, for now our salvation [is] nearer than when we believed; 12 the night advanced, and the day came near; let us lay aside, therefore, the works of the darkness, and let us put on the armor of the light; 13 as in daytime, let us walk properly; not in reveling and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and licentiousness, not in strife and jealousy; 14 but put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and take no forethought for the flesh—for desires.

Chapter 14Edit

1 And receive him who is weak in the faith—not to determinations of reasonings; 2 one believes that he may eat all things—and he who is weak eats herbs; 3 do not let him who is eating despise him who is not eating: and do not let him who is not eating judge him who is eating, for God received him. 4 You—who are you that are judging another's domestic [affairs]? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand. 5 One judges one day above another, and another judges every day [alike]; let each be fully assured in his own mind. 6 He who is regarding the day, he regards [it] to the LORD, and he who is not regarding the day, he does not regard [it] to the LORD. He who is eating, he eats to the LORD, for he gives thanks to God; and he who is not eating, he does not eat to the LORD, and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives to himself, and none dies to himself; 8 for both, if we may live, we live to the LORD; if also we may die, we die to the LORD; both then if we may live, also if we may die, we are the LORD's; 9 for because of this Christ both died and rose again, and lived again, that He may be Lord both of dead and of living. 10 And you, why do you judge your brother? Or again, you, why do you set at nothing your brother? For we will all stand at the judgment seat of the Christ; 11 for it has been written: "I live! Says the LORD—Every knee will bow to Me, and every tongue will confess to God"; 12 so, then, each of us will give reckoning to God concerning himself; 13 therefore, may we judge one another no longer, but rather judge this, not to put a stumbling-stone before the brother, or an offense. 14 I have known, and am persuaded, in the Lord Jesus, that nothing [is] unclean of itself, except to him who is reckoning anything to be unclean—to that one [it is] unclean; 15 and if your brother is grieved through food, you no longer walk according to love; do not destroy with your food that one for whom Christ died. 16 Do not let, then, evil be spoken of your good, 17 for the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit; 18 for he who in these things is serving the Christ, [is] acceptable to God and approved of men. 19 So, then, may we pursue the things of peace, and the things of building up one another. 20 Do not cast down the work of God for the sake of food; all things, indeed, [are] pure, but evil [is] to the man who is eating through stumbling. 21 [It is] not right to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor to [do anything] in which your brother stumbles, or is made to fall, or is weak. 22 You have faith! Have [it] to yourself before God; blessed is he who is not judging himself in what he approves, 23 and he who is making a difference, if he may eat, has been condemned, because [it is] not of faith; and all that [is] not of faith is sin.

Chapter 15Edit

1 And we ought—we who are strong—to bear the weaknesses of the powerless, and not to please ourselves; 2 for let each one of us please the neighbor for good, for edification, 3 for even the Christ did not please Himself, but according as it has been written: "The reproaches of those reproaching You fell on Me"; 4 for as many things as were written before, for our instruction were written before, that through the endurance, and the exhortation of the Writings, we might have the hope. 5 And may the God of the endurance, and of the exhortation, give to you to have the same mind toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, 6 that with one accord—with one mouth—you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; 7 for this reason receive one another, according as also the Christ received us, to the glory of God. 8 And I say Jesus Christ to have become a servant of circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises to the fathers, 9 and the nations for kindness to glorify God, according as it has been written: "Because of this I will confess to You among nations, and to Your Name I will sing praise"; 10 and again it says, "Rejoice you nations, with His people"; 11 and again, "Praise the LORD, all you nations; and laud Him, all you peoples"; 12 and again, Isaiah says, "There will be the root of Jesse, and He who is rising to rule nations—on Him will nations hope"; 13 and the God of the hope will fill you with all joy and peace in the believing, for your abounding in the hope in power of the Holy Spirit. 14 And I am persuaded, my brothers—I myself also—concerning you, that you yourselves also are full of goodness, having been filled with all knowledge, also able to admonish one another; 15 and the more boldly I wrote to you, brothers, in part, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me by God, 16 for my being a servant of Jesus Christ to the nations, acting as priest in the good news of God, that the offering up of the nations may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. 17 I have, then, a boasting in Christ Jesus, in the things pertaining to God, 18 for I will not dare to speak anything of the things that Christ did not work through me, to obedience of nations, by word and deed, 19 in power of signs and wonders, in power of the Spirit of God; so that I, from Jerusalem, and in a circle as far as Illyricum, have fully preached the good news of the Christ; 20 and so counting it honor to proclaim good news, not where Christ was named—that on another's foundation I might not build— 21 but according as it has been written: "To whom it was not told concerning Him, they will see; and they who have not heard, will understand." 22 For this reason, also, I was hindered many times from coming to you, 23 and now, no longer having place in these parts, and having a longing to come to you for many years, 24 when I may go on to Spain I will come to you, for I hope in going through, to see you, and by you to be set forward there, if of you first, in part, I will be filled. 25 And now, I go on to Jerusalem, ministering to the holy ones; 26 for it pleased Macedonia and Achaia well to make a certain contribution for the poor of the holy ones who [are] in Jerusalem; 27 for it pleased well, and their debtors they are, for if the nations participated in their spiritual things, they ought also, in the fleshly things, to minister to them. 28 This, then, having finished, and having sealed to them this fruit, I will return through you, to Spain; 29 and I have known that coming to you—in the fullness of the blessing of the good news of Christ I will come. 30 And I call on you, brothers, through our Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in the prayers for me to God, 31 that I may be delivered from those not believing in Judea, and that my ministry, that [is] for Jerusalem, may become acceptable to the holy ones; 32 that in joy I may come to you, through the will of God, and may be refreshed with you, 33 and the God of peace [be] with you all. Amen.

Chapter 16Edit

1 And I commend you to Phoebe our sister—being a servant of the assembly that [is] in Cenchrea— 2 that you may receive her in the LORD, worthily of the holy ones, and may assist her in whatever matter she may have need of you, for she also became a leader of many, and of myself. 3 Greet Priscilla and Aquilas, my fellow-workmen in Christ Jesus— 4 who laid down their own neck for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the assemblies of the nations— 5 and the assembly at their house; greet Epaenetus, my beloved, who is first-fruit of Achaia to Christ. 6 Greet Mary, who labored much for us; 7 greet Andronicus and Junias, my relatives, and my fellow-captives, who are of note among the apostles, who also have been in Christ before me. 8 Greet Amplias, my beloved in the LORD; 9 greet Arbanus, our fellow-workman in Christ, and Stachys, my beloved; 10 greet Apelles, the approved in Christ; greet those of the [household] of Aristobulus; 11 greet Herodion, my relative; greet those of the [household] of Narcissus, who are in the LORD; 12 greet Tryphaena, and Tryphosa, who are laboring in the LORD; greet Persis, the beloved, who labored much in the LORD. 13 Greet Rufus, the chosen one in the LORD, and his mother and mine, 14 greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brothers with them; 15 greet Philologus, and Julias, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the holy ones with them; 16 greet one another in a holy kiss; the assemblies of Christ greet you. 17 And I call on you, brothers, to mark those who are causing the divisions and the stumbling-blocks, contrary to the teaching that you learned, and turn away from them; 18 for such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and through the good word and fair speech they deceive the hearts of the harmless. 19 For your obedience reached to all; I rejoice, therefore, as regards you, and I wish you to be wise, indeed, as to the good, and pure as to the evil; 20 and the God of peace will bruise Satan under your feet quickly; the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you. Amen! 21 Timotheus greets you, my fellow-workman, and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my relatives; 22 I, Tertius, greet you (who wrote the letter) in the LORD; 23 Gaius greets you, my host, and of the whole Assembly; Erastus greets you, the steward of the city, and Quartus the brother. 24 [[The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you all! Amen.]] 25 And to Him who is able to establish you, according to my good news, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the secret, having been kept secret in the times of the ages, 26 and now having been revealed, also, through prophetic writings, according to a command of the perpetual God, having been made known to all the nations for obedience of faith— 27 to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to Him [be] glory for all ages. Amen.


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