Freed from the Law
1 Or do you not know, brothers (for I speak to those knowing the law),
that the law has jurisdiction over a man as long as he lives?
For the woman who is under a man has been bound by law to the living
husband. But if the husband should die, she is released from the law of
3 So then, while the husband is living, she will be
called an adulteress if she becomes married to a different husband; but
if her husband should die, she is free from the law, so that she is not
an adulteress, having become married to a different husband.
4 Therefore, my brothers, you also were put to death to the law through
the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who
was raised from the dead, so that we might bear fruit to God.
For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions aroused through the
law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death.
6 But now
we were released from the law, having died in that to which we were
held fast, so that we should serve as slaves in the newness of the
Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.
Sin’s Advantage in the Law
7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? By no means! On the contrary,
I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have
known lust unless the law had said, "You shall not covet."
sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me every
kind of lust. For apart from the law sin was dead.
9 For I was
alive apart from the law once, but when the commandment came, sin
revived, but I died.
10 And the commandment, which was to bring
life, I found to bring death.
11 For sin, taking opportunity through
the commandment, deceived me, and by it, killed me.
12 Therefore the
law indeed is holy, and the commandment holy and righteous and
Law Cannot Save from Sin
13 Then has that which is good become death to me? By no means! But
sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through that
which is good, so that sin through the commandment might become
14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, having been
sold under sin.
15 For what I am doing, I do not know. For what I
want to do, I do not do; but what I hate, this I do.
16 But if I do
what I do not want to do, I agree with the law that it is good.
17 But now it is no longer I who am doing it, but the sin living in
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good
dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to do what is good, I
do not find.
19 For the good that I want to do I do not do; but
the evil I do not want to do, this I practice.
20 But if I do
what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but the sin
living in me.
21 Therefore I find this law, that when I wish to do the right thing,
evil is right there with me.
22 For I delight in the law of God
in my inner being.
23 But I see a different law in my members,
waging war against the law of my mind, and capturing me by the law of
sin which is in my members.
24 O wretched man that I am! Who
shall deliver me from this body of death?
25 I thank God through
Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself with the mind serve the law of
God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
ROMANS CHAPTER 8
Life Through the Spirit
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ
Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has
set me free from the law of sin and of death.
3 For what was
impossible for the law to do in that it was weak through the flesh, God
did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and
concerning sin, He condemned sin in the flesh,
4 so that the righteous
requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk
according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
5 For those
who are fleshly set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those
who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is
life and peace.
7 Because the mind set on the flesh is hostile
toward God; for it does not submit to the law of God, nor indeed can
8 And those that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit
of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ,
he is not His. 10 But if Christ is in you, the body indeed is
dead because of sin, but the Spirit is alive because of
11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from
the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also
give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
12 Therefore, brothers, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live
according to the flesh.
13 For if you live according to the flesh
you shall die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the practices of
the body, you will live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit
of God, these are sons of God.
15 For you did not receive the
spirit of bondage again unto fear, but you received the Spirit of
adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father."
16 The Spirit
Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of
17 And if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint
heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer together, so that we may also be
From Suffering to Glory
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not
worthy to be compared with the coming glory to be revealed in us.
For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly awaits the
unveiling of the sons of God.
20 For the creation was subjected
to futility, not willingly, but on account of Him who subjected it in
21 because even the creation itself shall be freed from the
slavery of corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of
22 For we know that all the creation groans together and
labors in birth together until now.
23 And not only that, but
also we ourselves having the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we
ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting adoption, the
redemption of our body.
24 For by this hope we were saved, but
hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he
already sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we
eagerly await it with endurance.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know
what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes
for us with inexpressible groanings.
27 But He that searches the
hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes on
behalf of the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love
God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
29 Because whom
He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His
Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 Moreover
whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He
also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
God’s Everlasting Love
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be
32 He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up
on behalf of us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all
33 Who shall bring an accusation against God’s
elect? It is God who justifies.
34 Who is he that condemns?
Christ is the One having died, but rather also having been raised, who
is even at the right hand of God, who also intercedes on our
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall
tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or
danger, or sword?
36 Just as it is written: "For Your sake we are
put to death the whole day long; we are accounted as sheep for
37 But in all these things we are more than
conquerors through Him who loved us.
38 For I am convinced that
neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor
things present nor things to come,
39 nor height nor depth, nor
anything else in creation, shall be able to separate us from the love
of God which is in Christ Jesus our
ROMANS CHAPTER 9
Israel’s Rejection of Christ
1 I am speaking the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience
witnessing with me in the Holy Spirit,
2 that I have great sorrow and
unceasing pain in my heart.
3 For I could wish that I myself to be
accursed from Christ on behalf of my brothers, my countrymen according
to the flesh,
4 who are Israelites, of whom are the adoption, and the
glory, and the covenants, and the law-giving, and the worship, and the
5 of whom are the fathers and from whom Christ came,
according to the flesh, He who is God over all, blessed forever.
Israel’s Rejection and God’s Purpose
6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all those
of Israel are of Israel,
7 nor are they all children because they are
the seed of Abraham; but, "In Isaac your seed shall be called."
That is, those who are the children of the flesh are not the children
of God; but it is the children of the promise that are regarded as
9 For this is the word of promise: "At this time I
will come and Sarah shall have a son."
10 And not only this, but
also Rebecca having conception from one man, our father Isaac;
the children not yet being born, nor having done anything good or evil,
that the purpose of God according to election might abide, not of works
but of Him who calls,
12 it was said to her, "The older shall
serve the younger."
13 As it is written, "Jacob I loved, but Esau
Israel’s Rejection and God’s Justice
14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? By no
15 For He says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whomever I
will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have
16 So then it is not of him that wills, nor of him
that runs, but of God who shows mercy.
17 For the Scripture says to
Pharaoh, "For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show
My power in you, and that My name may be proclaimed in all the earth."
18 So then He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He
19 You will say to me then, "Why does He still find fault? For who can
resist His will?"
20 But indeed, O man, who are you to be answering
back against God? Shall the thing formed say to him who formed it, "Why
have you made me like this?"
21 Or does not the potter have the
right over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor
and the other for dishonor?
22 But what if God, wanting to show
His wrath, and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering
the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction,
23 and so that He
might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which
He had prepared beforehand for glory,
24 even us whom He called,
not only of the Jews, but also of the Gentiles?
25 As also in
Hosea He says: "I will call those My people who were not My people, and
her beloved, who was not beloved."
26 "And it shall be in the
place where it was said to them, 'You are not My people,' there they
shall be called sons of the living God."
27 Isaiah also cries out
concerning Israel: "Though the number of the sons of Israel be as the
sand of the sea, the remnant shall be saved;
28 For He is finishing and
cutting short an account in righteousness, because the Lord will make a
short account upon the earth."
29 And just as Isaiah foretold: "If the
Lord of hosts had not left us a seed, we would have become like Sodom,
and would have resembled Gomorrah.”
30 What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue
righteousness, have attained righteousness, even the
righteousness of faith;
31 but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness,
did not attain to the law of righteousness.
32 Why? Because they
did not seek it by faith, but rather by the works of the law. For they
stumbled at that stone of stumbling.
33 Just as it is written:
"Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense, and
everyone believing on Him will not be put to
ROMANS CHAPTER 10
Israel Needs the Gospel
1 Brothers, the good pleasure of my heart and my supplication to God on
behalf of Israel, is for their salvation.
2 For I testify
concerning them, that they have a zeal for God, but not according to
3 For they, being ignorant of the righteousness of
God, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not
submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
4 For Christ
is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that
5 For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, "That
the man who does those things shall live by them."
6 But the
righteousness of faith says, "Do not say in your heart, 'Who shall
ascend into heaven?' "(that is, to bring Christ down)
7 or, "
'Who shall descend into the abyss?' " (that is, to bring up Christ from
8 But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your
mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus,
and you believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead,
you shall be saved.
10 For with the heart one believes and is
justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him shall not be put to
12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for
the same Lord of all is rich to all who call on Him.
13 For "whosoever
shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
Israel Rejects the Gospel
14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And
how are they to believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how
shall they hear apart from a preacher?
15 And how shall they
preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written: "How beautiful are
the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, of those preaching
the gospel of good things!"
16 But they have not all obeyed the
gospel. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our report?"
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
18 But I say, have they not heard? Yes, indeed they have: "Their voice
went out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the
19 But I say, did Israel not know? First Moses says: "I
will provoke you to jealousy by those who are not a nation, by a
foolish nation I will anger you."
20 But Isaiah is very bold and
says: "I was found by those who did not seek Me; I was made manifest to
those who did not ask for Me."
21 But to Israel he says: "the
whole day long I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient and
ROMANS CHAPTER 11
Israel’s Rejection Not Total
1 I say then, has God cast away His people? By no means! For I too am
an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know
what the Scripture says in Elijah, how he pleads with God against
3 "Lord, they have killed Your prophets and torn
down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they are seeking my
4 But what does the divine response say to him? "I have
reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to
5 So too then, at this present time, there is also a remnant
according to the election of grace.
6 And if by grace, it is no
longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of
works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.
7 What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have
obtained it, and the rest were blinded.
8 Just as it is written: "God
has given them a spirit of stupor, eyes that they should not see, and
ears that they should not hear, down to this very day."
David says: "Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling
block and a recompense to them.
10 Let their eyes be darkened so
that they cannot see, and their backs be bent forever!"
Israel’s Rejection Not Permanent
11 I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? By no means!
But by their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles, to
provoke them to jealousy.
12 But if their transgression is the
riches of the world, and their defeat is the riches of the Gentiles,
how much more their fullness!
13 For I speak to you Gentiles;
inasmuch as I am indeed an apostle to the Gentiles, I glorify my
14 if somehow I may provoke to jealousy my fellow Jews,
and I may save some of them.
15 For if their casting away means
reconciliation for the world, what will their acceptance be, if not
life from the dead?
16 For if the firstfruit is holy, so also the
lump; and if the root is holy, so also the branches.
17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild
olive tree, were grafted in among them, and became a partaker of the
root and of the fatness of the olive tree,
18 do not be arrogant
towards the branches. But if you are arrogant, remember that it is not
you that supports the root, but the root supports you.
will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted
20 That is true. By unbelief they were broken off, but you
stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but fear.
21 For if God did
not spare the natural branches, perhaps He may not spare you
22 Behold then the kindness and severity of God: upon
those that fell, severity; but upon you, kindness, if you continue in
His kindness. Otherwise you also shall be cut off.
23 And they
also, if they do not remain in unbelief, shall be grafted in, for God
is able to graft them in again.
24 For if you were cut out of the
olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature
into a cultivated olive tree, how much more shall these, the natural
ones, be grafted into their own olive tree?
25 For I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers, lest
you be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to
Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
26 And so
all Israel shall be saved, as it is written: "The Deliverer shall come
out of Zion, and He shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
For this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins."
28 As regards to the gospel, they are enemies for your sake; but as
regards to election, they are beloved for the sake of the
29 For the gifts and the calling of God are
30 For just as you once were disobedient to God, but
now you were shown mercy through their disobedience,
31 even so
these now were disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also
might be shown mercy.
32 For God has consigned all to
disobedience, that He might show mercy to all.
33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are His judgments and untraceable are His ways!
34 "For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His
35 "Or who has first given to Him, and it shall be
repaid to him?"
36 For of Him and through Him and to Him are all
things; to Him be the glory forever!
ROMANS CHAPTER 12
1 Therefore, brothers, I exhort you through the compassions of God, to
present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, well pleasing to God,
which is your reasonable service.
2 And do not be conformed to this
world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may
prove what is that good and well pleasing and perfect will of
Serve God with Spiritual Gifts
3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among
you, not to think of himself too highly, beyond what you should think,
but to think soberly, as God has imparted to each one a measure of
4 For just as we have many members in one body, but all
the members do not have the same function,
5 so we, being many, are one
body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
6 Having then
gifts differing according to the grace having been given to us, let us
use them: whether prophecy, let us prophecy according to the proportion
7 whether ministry, let us use it in our ministry; whether
teaching; in the teaching;
8 whether exhorting, in the exhortation;
whether sharing, with simplicity; whether leading, with diligence;
whether showing mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Hate that which is evil. Cleave to
that which is good.
10 Be warmly affectionate to one another with
brotherly love, in honor preferring one another;
11 not lagging in
diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
12 rejoicing in hope,
enduring in tribulation, devoted to prayer;
13 sharing in the needs of
the saints, pursuing hospitality.
14 Bless those that persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but rather associate
with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
17 Do not
repay anyone evil for evil; providing that which is good before all
18 If possible, as much as depends on you, keeping peace
with all men.
19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but give
place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,"
says the Lord.
20 Therefore "If your enemy should hunger, feed
him; if he should thirst, give him drink; for by doing this you will
heap burning coals upon his head." 21 Do not be overcome by evil,
but overcome evil with good.
ROMANS CHAPTER 13
Submit to Government
1 Let every person submit to the governing authorities. For there is no
authority except by God, and the authorities that exist are established
2 Consequently the one resisting the authority has opposed the
ordinance of God, and those opposing shall receive judgment to
3 For rulers are not a fear to good works, but to
evil. And do you wish not to fear the authority? Do what is good, and
you shall have praise from the same.
4 For he is God's servant to
you for good. But if you do evil, fear; for he does not bear the sword
in vain; for he is God's servant, an avenger for wrath to the one
5 Therefore it is necessary to be subject, not
only on account of wrath, but also for conscience' sake.
6 For on
account of this you also pay taxes, for they are ministers of God,
always giving attention to this very thing.
7 Render therefore to
all their dues: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs,
fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.
Love Your Neighbor
8 Owe nothing to no one, except to love one another, for he who loves
one another has fulfilled the law.
9 For, "You shall not commit
adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall
not covet," and if there is any other commandment, in this word it is
summed up, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of
Put on Christ
11 And do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for us to
be roused out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we
12 The night is advanced, the day is at hand. Therefore
let us put off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of
13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelries and
drinking bouts, not in orgies and debaucheries, not in strife and
14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no
provision for the flesh, for its
ROMANS CHAPTER 14
The Law of Liberty
1 Receive one that is weak in the faith, not for disputes over
2 One indeed believes that he may eat all things, but
another, being weak, eats only vegetables.
3 Let not him who eats
despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge
him who eats; for God has received him.
4 Who are you to judge
another's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he shall
be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.
5 One indeed judges one day above another; but another judges every day
the same. Let each be fully assured in his own mind.
6 He that
regards the day, regards it to the Lord; and he that does not regard
the day, to the Lord he does not regard it. And he that eats, eats to
the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he that does not eat, to the
Lord he does not eat, and he gives thanks to God.
7 For none of
us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself.
8 For whether we
live, we live to the Lord; and whether we die, we die to the Lord.
Therefore, whether we live, or whether we die, we are the
9 For to this end Christ died and rose and lived
again, so that He might be Lord both of the dead and the living.
10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you despise your
brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of
11 For it is written: "As I live, says the Lord, every
knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God."
So then each of us shall give account concerning himself to God.
13 Therefore let us no longer judge one another, but judge this rather,
not to put a stumbling block or an offense before our brother.
The Law of Love
14 I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean of
itself; except to him considering anything to be unclean, to him it is
15 But if your brother is grieved on account of your food, you
are no longer walking according to love. Do not destroy with your food
the one on behalf of whom Christ died.
16 Therefore do not let
your good be slandered.
17 For the kingdom of God is not eating and
drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
18 For he that serves Christ in these things is well pleasing to God
and approved by men.
19 Therefore let us pursue the things which
make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.
Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed
are clean, but are evil for the man eating with offense.
21 It is
good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor to do anything by which
your brother stumbles or is offended or becomes weak.
22 Do you
have faith? By yourself, have it before God. Blessed is he that does
not condemn himself in what he approves.
23 But he who doubts, if
he eats, has been condemned, because it is not of faith; and everything
which is not of faith is sin.
24 Now to Him who is able to
establish you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus
Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since
the world began,
25 but now has been made manifest, and by the
prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the
commandment of the eternal God, for obedience to the faith—
the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever!
ROMANS CHAPTER 15
Bearing Others’ Burdens
1 We then who are strong are obligated to bear with the infirmities of
the weak, and not to please ourselves.
2 Let each of us please
his neighbor for his good, leading to edification.
3 For even
Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, "The reproaches of
those reproaching You fell on Me."
4 For as many things as were
previously written, were written for our own instruction, that through
the patience and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we may
5 Now may the God of patience and of encouragement
grant you to be like-minded among one another, according to Christ
6 so that you may with one accord and one mouth glorify
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Glorify God Together
7 Therefore receive one another, just as also Christ received you, to
the glory of God.
8 Now I say that Christ Jesus has become a
servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, in order to confirm
the promises given to the fathers,
9 and that the Gentiles might
glorify God on behalf of His mercy, as it is written: "For this reason
I will confess to You among the Gentiles, and I will sing praise to
10 And again he says: "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His
11 And again: "Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Praise
Him, all you peoples!"
12 And again, Isaiah says: "There shall be
the root of Jesse; and He that shall rise to rule over the Gentiles, in
Him the Gentiles shall hope."
13 Now may the God of hope fill you
with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the
power of the Holy Spirit.
14 Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brothers, that you
yourselves are full of goodness, having been filled with all knowledge,
able also to admonish one another.
15 And I write more boldly to
you brothers, in part, as reminding you, because of the grace having
been given to me by God,
16 that I should be a minister of Jesus
Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God as a priest, so
that the offering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by
the Holy Spirit.
17 Therefore I have something to boast of in
Christ Jesus in the things pertaining to God.
18 For I will not
dare to speak of any of those things which Christ did not work out
through me, in word and deed, for the obedience of the
19 in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of
the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and as far as Illyricum I
have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
20 And so eagerly
striving to evangelize not where Christ was named, lest I should build
upon the foundation of another,
21 but as it is written: "To whom
He was not announced, they shall see; and those who have not heard
Plan to Visit Rome
22 For this reason I also have been hindered many times from coming to
23 But now no longer having a place in these regions, and
having a longing to come to you for many years,
24 whenever I
travel to Spain, I shall come to you. For I hope while traveling
through to see you, and to be sent forward there by you, if I may be
filled in part from you first.
25 But now I am traveling to Jerusalem,
ministering to the saints.
26 For Macedonia and Achaia thought it good
to make some contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.
27 For they thought it good, and they are their debtors. For if the
Gentiles shared in spiritual things, they are obligated also to
minister to them in material things.
28 Therefore, having
finished and having sealed to them this fruit, I shall go by way of you
29 But I know that when I come to you, I shall come in
the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.
30 Now I beseech
you, brothers, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of
the Spirit, to strive together with me in prayers to God on my behalf,
31 that I may be delivered from those in Judea who do not believe, and
that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,
that in joy I may come to you through the will of God, and may be
refreshed together with you.
33 Now the God of peace be with you all.
ROMANS CHAPTER 16
Sister Phoebe Commended
1 I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in
2 so that you may receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy
of the saints, and you may stand by her in whatever thing she may need
from you; for indeed she has proved to be a helper of many and of
Greeting the Saints
3 Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus,
who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks,
but also all the churches of the Gentiles.
5 And greet the church
that is in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who is the
firstfruits of Achaia to Christ.
6 Greet Mary, who labored much
7 Greet Andronicus and Junia, my relatives and my fellow
captives, who are notable among the apostles, who also were in Christ
8 Greet Amplias, my beloved in the Lord.
Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and Stachys, my beloved.
Greet Apelles, approved in Christ. Greet those from the household of
11 Greet Herodion, my relative. Greet those from the
household of Narcissus who are in the Lord.
12 Greet Tryphena and
Tryphosa, who have labored in the Lord. Greet the beloved Persis, who
labored much in the Lord.
13 Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and
his mother and mine.
14 Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas,
Patrobas, Hermes, and the brothers who are with them.
Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the
saints who are with them.
16 Greet one another with a holy kiss.
The churches of Christ greet you.
Avoid Divisive People
17 Now I urge you, brothers, to look out for those who cause divisions
and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and turn away
18 For such people do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ,
but their own belly, and through smooth speech and flattering, they
deceive the hearts of the innocent.
19 For your obedience has
become known to all. Therefore I rejoice on your behalf; but I want you
to be wise in what is good, and innocent to what is evil.
the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of
our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
21 Timothy, my fellow worker, and Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my
relatives, greet you.
22 I, Tertius, the one writing this epistle,
greet you in the Lord.
23 Gaius, my host and the host of the whole
church, greets you. Erastus, the treasurer of the city, greets you, and
Quartus, the brother.
24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be
with you all.