1 1 Paul , a bond-servant of Christ Jesus ,  called as an apostle , set apart for the gospel of God , 2 which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures , 3 concerning His Son , who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh , 4 who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead , according to the Spirit of holiness , Jesus Christ our Lord , 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name's sake , 6 among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ ; 7 to all who are beloved of God in Rome , called as  saints : Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ .
Paul's Desire to Visit Rome
8 First , I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all , because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world . 9 For God , whom I serve in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son , is my witness as to how unceasingly I make mention of you, 10 always in my prayers making request , if perhaps now at last by the will of God I may succeed in coming to you. 11 For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established ; 12 that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other's faith , both yours and mine . 13 I do not want you to be unaware , brethren , that often I have planned to come to you (and have been prevented so far ) so that I may obtain some fruit among you also , even as among the rest of the Gentiles . 14 I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians , both to the wise and to the foolish . 15 So , for my part , I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome .
The Power of the Gospel
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel , for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes , to the Jew first and also to the Greek . 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith ; as it is written , " BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH ."
The Guilt of Mankind
19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature , have been clearly seen , being understood through what has been made , so that they are without excuse . 21 For even though they knew God , they did not honor Him as God or give thanks , but they became futile in their speculations , and their foolish heart was darkened . 22 Professing to be wise , they became fools , 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures . 24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity , so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie , and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator , who is blessed forever . Amen . 26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions ; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural e , 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another , men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error . 28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge e God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind , to do those things which are not proper , 29 being filled with all unrighteousness , wickedness , greed , evil ; full of envy , murder , strife , deceit , malice ; they are gossips , 30 slanderers ,  haters of God , insolent , arrogant , boastful , inventors of evil , disobedient to parents , 31 without understanding , untrustworthy , unloving , unmerciful ; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God , that those who practice such things are worthy of death , they not only do the same , but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.
The Righteous Judgment of God
2 1 Therefore you have no excuse , everyone e of you who passes judgment , for in that which you judge another , you condemn yourself ; for you who judge practice the same things . 2 And we know that the judgment of God rightly e falls upon those who practice such things . 3 But do you suppose this , O man , when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God ? 4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience , not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance ? 5 But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God , 6 who WILL RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS : 7 to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality , eternal life ; 8 but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth , but obey unrighteousness , wrath and indignation . 9 There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil , of the Jew first and also of the Greek , 10 but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good , to the Jew first and also to the Greek . 11 For there is no partiality with God . 12 For 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 ; 13 for it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God , but the doers of the Law will be justified . 14 For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law , these , not having the Law , are a law to themselves , 15 in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts , their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, 16 on the day when , according to my gospel , God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus .
The Jews and the Law
17 But if you bear the name "Jew " and rely upon the Law and boast in God , 18 and know His will and approve the things that are essential , being instructed out of the Law , 19 and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind , a light to those who are in darkness , 20 a corrector of the foolish , a teacher of the immature , having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth , 21 you, therefore , who teach another , do you not teach yourself ? You who preach that one shall not steal , do you steal ? 22 You who say that one should not commit adultery , do you commit adultery ? You who abhor idols , do you rob temples ? 23 You who boast in the Law , through your breaking the Law , do you dishonor God ? 24 For " THE NAME OF GOD IS BLASPHEMED AMONG THE GENTILES BECAUSE OF YOU," just as it is written . 25 For indeed circumcision is of value if you practice the Law ; but if you are a transgressor of the Law , your circumcision has become uncircumcision . 26 So if the uncircumcised man keeps the requirements of the Law , will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision ? 27 And he who is physically uncircumcised , if he keeps the Law , will he not judge you who though having the letter of the Law and circumcision are a transgressor of the Law ? 28 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly e , nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh . 29 But he is a Jew who is one inwardly ; and circumcision is that which is of the heart , by the Spirit , not by the letter ; and his praise is not from men , but from God .
3 1 Then what advantage has the Jew ? Or what is the benefit of circumcision ? 2 Great in every respect . First of all , that they were entrusted with the oracles of God . 3 What then ? If some did not believe , their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God , will it? 4 May it never be! Rather , let God be found true , though every man be found a liar , as it is written , " THAT YOU MAY BE JUSTIFIED IN YOUR WORDS , AND PREVAIL WHEN YOU ARE JUDGED ." 5 But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God , what shall we say ? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous , is He? ( I am speaking in human terms .) 6 May it never be! For otherwise , how will God judge the world ? 7 But if through my lie the truth of God abounded to His glory , why am I also still being judged as a sinner ? 8 And why not say (as we are slanderously reported and as some claim that we say ), " Let us do evil that good may come "? Their condemnation is just .
There Is None Righteous
9 What then ? Are we better than they? Not at all ; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin ; 10 as it is written , " THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS , NOT EVEN ONE ; 11 THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS , THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD ; 12 ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE , TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS ; THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD , THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE ." 13 " THEIR THROAT IS AN OPEN GRAVE , WITH THEIR TONGUES THEY KEEP DECEIVING ," " THE POISON OF ASPS IS UNDER THEIR LIPS "; 14 " WHOSE MOUTH IS FULL OF CURSING AND BITTERNESS "; 15 " THEIR FEET ARE SWIFT TO SHED BLOOD , 16 DESTRUCTION AND MISERY ARE IN THEIR PATHS , 17 AND THE PATH OF PEACE THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN ." 18 " THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES ."
19 Now we know that whatever the Law says , it speaks to those who are under the Law , so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God ; 20 because by the works of the Law no e flesh will be justified in His sight ; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin .
Righteousness through Faith
21 But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested , being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets , 22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe ; for there is no distinction ; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God , 24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus ; 25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith . This was to demonstrate His righteousness , because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed ; 26 for the demonstration , I say, of His righteousness at the present time , so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus . 27 Where then is boasting ? It is excluded . By what kind of law ? Of works ? No , but by a law of faith . 28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law . 29 Or is God the God of Jews only ? Is He not the God of Gentiles also ? Yes , of Gentiles also , 30 since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith is one . 31 Do we then nullify the Law through faith ? May it never be! On the contrary , we establish the Law .
1:1 Lit "a called apostle"
1:3 Lit "seed"
1:4 Or "as a result of"
1:4 Or "spirit"
1:5 Lit "for obedience"
1:7 Or "holy ones"
1:8 Or "concerning you all, that..."
1:11 Or "strengthened"
1:14 Lit "debtor"
1:17 Or "by"
1:17 Or "But he who is righteous by faith shall live"
1:18 Or "by"
1:19 Or "among"
1:21 Lit "glorify"
1:23 Or "reptiles"
1:25 Lit "the lie"
1:25 Lit "unto the ages"
1:26 Lit "against nature"
1:27 Lit "the shameless deed"
1:27 Lit "themselves"
1:28 Lit "to have God in knowledge"
1:30 Or "hateful to God"