Romans 15 New American Standard Bible

15 1  Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves . 2  Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good , to his edification . 3  For even Christ did not please Himself ; but as it is written , " THE REPROACHES OF THOSE WHO REPROACHED YOU FELL ON ME." 4  For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction , so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope .

5  Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus , 6  so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ .

The Gospel to the Gentiles

7  Therefore , accept one another , just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God . 8  For I say that Christ has become a servant to the circumcision on behalf of the truth of God to confirm the promises given to the fathers , 9  and for the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy ; as it is written , " THEREFORE e I WILL GIVE PRAISE TO YOU AMONG THE GENTILES , AND I WILL SING TO YOUR NAME ." 10  Again he says , " REJOICE , O GENTILES , WITH HIS PEOPLE ." 11  And again , " PRAISE THE Lord ALL YOU GENTILES , AND LET ALL THE PEOPLES PRAISE HIM." 12  Again Isaiah says , " THERE SHALL COME THE ROOT OF JESSE , AND HE WHO ARISES TO RULE OVER THE GENTILES , IN HIM SHALL THE GENTILES HOPE ."

13  Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing , so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit .

14  And concerning you, my brethren , I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness , filled with all knowledge and able also to admonish one another . 15  But I have written very boldly to you on some points so as to remind you again , because of the grace that was given me from God , 16  to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles , ministering as a priest the gospel of God , so that my offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable , sanctified by the Holy Spirit .

17  Therefore in Christ Jesus I have found reason for boasting in things pertaining to God . 18  For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed , 19  in the power of signs and wonders , in the power of the Spirit ; so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ . 20  And thus I aspired to preach the gospel , not where Christ was already named , so that I would not build on another man's foundation ; 21  but as it is written , " THEY WHO HAD NO NEWS OF HIM SHALL SEE , AND THEY WHO HAVE NOT HEARD SHALL UNDERSTAND ."

Paul Plans to Visit Rome

22  For this reason I have often been prevented from coming to you; 23  but now , with no further place for me in these regions , and since I have had for many years a longing to come to you 24  whenever e I go to Spain -for I hope to see you in passing , and to be helped on my way there by you, when I have first enjoyed your company for a while - 25  but now , I am going to Jerusalem serving the saints . 26  For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem . 27  Yes , they were pleased to do so, and they are indebted to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual things , they are indebted to minister to them also in material things . 28  Therefore , when I have finished this , and have put my seal on this fruit of theirs , I will go on by way of you to Spain . 29  I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ .

30  Now I urge you, brethren , by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit , to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me, 31  that I may be rescued from those who are disobedient in Judea , and that my service for Jerusalem may prove acceptable to the saints ; 32  so that I may come to you in joy by the will of God and find refreshing rest in your company. 33  Now the God of peace be with you all . Amen .


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