Bible: Rom 1-2

Salutation

1:1 From Paul, 1  a slave 2  of Christ Jesus, 3  called to be an apostle, 4  set apart for the gospel of God. 5  1:2 This gospel 6  he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, 1:3 concerning his Son who was a descendant 7  of David with reference to the flesh, 8  1:4 who was appointed the Son-of-God-in-power 9  according to the Holy Spirit 10  by the resurrection 11  from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1:5 Through him 12  we have received grace and our apostleship 13  to bring about the obedience 14  of faith 15  among all the Gentiles on behalf of his name. 1:6 You also are among them, 16  called to belong to Jesus Christ. 17  1:7 To all those loved by God in Rome, 18  called to be saints: 19  Grace and peace to you 20  from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

Paul’s Desire to Visit Rome

1:8 First of all, 21  I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout the whole world. 1:9 For God, whom I serve in my spirit by preaching the gospel 22  of his Son, is my witness that 23  I continually remember you 1:10 and I always ask 24  in my prayers, if perhaps now at last I may succeed in visiting you according to the will of God. 25  1:11 For I long to see you, so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift 26  to strengthen you, 1:12 that is, that we may be mutually comforted by one another’s faith, 27  both yours and mine. 1:13 I do not want you to be unaware, 28  brothers and sisters, 29  that I often intended to come to you (and was prevented until now), so that I may have some fruit even among you, just as I already have among the rest of the Gentiles. 30  1:14 I am a debtor 31  both to the Greeks and to the barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 1:15 Thus I am eager 32  also to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome. 33 

The Power of the Gospel

1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 34  1:17 For the righteousness 35  of God is revealed in the gospel 36  from faith to faith, 37  just as it is written, “The righteous by faith will live.” 38 

The Condemnation of the Unrighteous

1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of people 39  who suppress the truth by their 40  unrighteousness, 41  1:19 because what can be known about God is plain to them, 42  because God has made it plain to them. 1:20 For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, because they are understood through what has been made. So people 43  are without excuse. 1:21 For although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or give him thanks, but they became futile in their thoughts and their senseless hearts 44  were darkened. 1:22 Although they claimed 45  to be wise, they became fools 1:23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for an image resembling mortal human beings 46  or birds or four-footed animals 47  or reptiles.

1:24 Therefore God gave them over 48  in the desires of their hearts to impurity, to dishonor 49  their bodies among themselves. 50  1:25 They 51  exchanged the truth of God for a lie 52  and worshiped and served the creation 53  rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

1:26 For this reason God gave them over to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged the natural sexual relations for unnatural ones, 54  1:27 and likewise the men also abandoned natural relations with women 55  and were inflamed in their passions 56  for one another. Men 57  committed shameless acts with men and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

1:28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God, 58  God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what should not be done. 59  1:29 They are filled 60  with every kind of unrighteousness, wickedness, covetousness, malice. They are rife with 61  envy, murder, strife, deceit, hostility. They are gossips, 1:30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, contrivers of all sorts of evil, disobedient to parents, 1:31 senseless, covenant-breakers, 62  heartless, ruthless. 1:32 Although they fully know 63  God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, 64  they not only do them but also approve of those who practice them. 65 

The Condemnation of the Moralist 66 

2:1 Therefore 67  you are without excuse, 68  whoever you are, 69  when you judge someone else. 70  For on whatever grounds 71  you judge another, you condemn yourself, because you who judge practice the same things. 2:2 Now we know that God’s judgment is in accordance with truth 72  against those who practice such things. 2:3 And do you think, 73  whoever you are, when you judge 74  those who practice such things and yet do them yourself, 75  that you will escape God’s judgment? 2:4 Or do you have contempt for the wealth of his kindness, forbearance, and patience, and yet do not know 76  that God’s kindness leads you to repentance? 2:5 But because of your stubbornness 77  and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath for yourselves in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed! 78  2:6 He 79  will reward 80  each one according to his works: 81  2:7 eternal life to those who by perseverance in good works seek glory and honor and immortality, 2:8 but 82  wrath and anger to those who live in selfish ambition 83  and do not obey the truth but follow 84  unrighteousness. 2:9 There will be 85  affliction and distress on everyone 86  who does evil, on the Jew first and also the Greek, 87  2:10 but 88  glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, for the Jew first and also the Greek. 2:11 For there is no partiality with God. 2:12 For all who have sinned apart from the law 89  will also perish apart from the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 2:13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous before God, but those who do the law will be declared righteous. 90  2:14 For whenever the Gentiles, 91  who do not have the law, do by nature 92  the things required by the law, 93  these who do not have the law are a law to themselves. 2:15 They 94  show that the work of the law is written 95  in their hearts, as their conscience bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or else defend 96  them, 97  2:16 on the day when God will judge 98  the secrets of human hearts, 99  according to my gospel 100  through Christ Jesus.

The Condemnation of the Jew

2:17 But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law 101  and boast of your relationship to God 102  2:18 and know his will 103  and approve the superior things because you receive instruction from the law, 104  2:19 and if you are convinced 105  that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 2:20 an educator of the senseless, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the essential features of knowledge and of the truth 2:21 therefore 106  you who teach someone else, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? 2:22 You who tell others not to commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor 107  idols, do you rob temples? 2:23 You who boast in the law dishonor God by transgressing the law! 2:24 For just as it is written, “the name of God is being blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” 108 

2:25 For circumcision 109  has its value if you practice the law, but 110  if you break the law, 111  your circumcision has become uncircumcision. 2:26 Therefore if the uncircumcised man obeys 112  the righteous requirements of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? 2:27 And will not the physically uncircumcised man 113  who keeps the law judge you who, despite 114  the written code 115  and circumcision, transgress the law? 2:28 For a person is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision something that is outward in the flesh, 2:29 but someone is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart 116  by the Spirit 117  and not by the written code. 118  This person’s 119  praise is not from people but from God.

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