PAUL THE APOSTLE
Romans 15 ©
1 The apostle further exhorts the strong that they condescend to the weakness of their brethren. 3 By the example of Christ, Who sought not Himself, but our benefit, which he confirms out of the Scriptures of the Old Testament, which also are written for our comfort. 5 And that they should serve God and the Lord Christ with united hearts. 7 Declares more largely the example of Christ, how He served, both the Jews. 9 As also the Gentiles, which he also proves out of the same Scriptures. 13 Thereto joining a wish that they may increase in all christian virtues and knowledge. 14 Afterwards he begins to conclude this epistle, excusing his freedom in writing. 17 And relating how powerfully God has blessed his ministry, and how faithfully he has administered the same. 22 Promises that he will come to Rome in his journey towards Spain. 25 And gives them to understand that he must first travel to Jerusalem, to carry thither the alms of the churches of Macedonia and Achaia. 30 Requests of them that they would pray for him and his ministry. 33 And wishes them all good from God.
WE1 thena2that are strong 3ought 4to bear 5the infirmities 6of the weak, and not to please 7ourselves.
Let 8every one of us please his 9neighbour for his 10good 11to edification.
For even 12Christ pleased not 13himself; 14but, as it is written, 15Theb reproaches of them that reproached thee 16fell on me.
Forc whatsoever things were written 17aforetime were written for our 18learning, that we through patience and comfort of the 19scriptures might have 20hope.
Now the God 21of patience and consolation grant you tod be 22likeminded one toward another 23according to Christ Jesus:
That ye may with 24one mind and one mouth glorify God, even 25the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Wherefore 26receive ye 27one another, 28as Christ also 29received us 30to the glory of God.
31Now I say that Jesus Christ was a 32minister of the circumcision 33for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made 34unto the fathers:
And that 35the Gentiles might 36glorify God 37for his mercy; 38as it is written, Fore this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.
And again he saith, Rejoice,f ye Gentiles, with his people.
And again, Praiseg the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laudh him, all ye people.
And again, Esaias saith, Therei shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.
Now the God 39of hope fill you 40with all joy and peace 41in believing, that ye may abound in hope, 42through the power of the Holy Ghost.
43And I myself also 44am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of 45goodness, filled with 46all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
Nevertheless, brethren, I have 47written the more boldly unto you 48in some sort, as putting you 49in mind, because 50of the grace that is given to me of God,
That I should be 51the minister of Jesus Christ 52to the Gentiles, 53ministering the gospel 54of God, that the 55offering up of the Gentiles might be 56acceptable, 57being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.
I have therefore whereof I may 58glory 59through Jesus Christ in those things 60which pertain to God.
For I will 61not dare to speak of any of those things 62which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the 63Gentiles obedient, by 64word and 65deed,
Through mighty signs and wonders, by 66the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and 67round about unto 68Illyricum, I have fully preached 69the gospel of Christ.
Yea, so have 70I strived to preach the gospel, not where 71Christ was 72named, lest I should build upon 73another man’s foundation:
But as it is written, Toj whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand.
74For which cause also I have been much hinderedk from coming to you.
But now having 75no more place in these 76parts, and having a greatl desire these many years to come unto you;
Whensoever I take my journey 77into Spain, 78I will come to you: for 79I trust to see you 80in my journey, and to be brought on my way thitherward 81by you, if first I be 82somewhat 83filled with your company.
Butm now I 84go unto Jerusalem 85to minister unto the saints.
For it hath 86pleased 87them of Macedonia and Achaia to make 88a certain contribution for the poor 89saints which are at Jerusalem.
90It hath pleased them verily; and 91their debtors they are. Forn if the Gentiles have been made partakers of 92their spiritual things, their 93duty is also to minister unto them in 94carnal things.
When therefore I have performed 95this, and have 96sealed to them 97this fruit, I will come 98by you into Spain.
Ando99I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come 100in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.
Now 101I beseech you, brethren, 102for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and 103for the love 104of the Spirit, thatp ye 105strive together with me 106in your prayers to God for me;
Thatq I may be delivered 107from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that 108my service which I have 109for Jerusalem may be accepted 110of the saints;
Thatr I may come unto you with joy 111by the will of God, and may with you 112be refreshed.
Now 113the God of peace be with you all. Amen.