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. Chapter 1.

The Gospel according to Paul

Salutation (Rome)

1 FROM PAUL,
SERVANT of Christ Jesus,
apostle by God's call,
set apart for the service of the Gospel.

2 This gospel God announced beforehand in sacred scriptures through his prophets. 3 It is about his Son: on the human level he was born of David's stock, 4 but on the level of the spirit—the Holy Spirit—he was declared Son of God by a mighty act in that he rose from the dead: [Or: declared Son of God with full powers from the time he rose from the dead.] it is about Jesus Christ our Lord. 5 Through him I received the privilege of a commission in his name to lead to faith and obedience men in all nations, 6 yourselves among them, you who have heard the call and belong to Jesus Christ.

7 I send greetings to all of you in Rome whom God loves and has called to be his dedicated people. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul's Desire to Visit Rome

8 Let me begin by thanking my God, through Jesus Christ, for you all, because all over the world they are telling the story of your faith. 9 God is my witness, the God to whom I offer the humble service of my spirit by preaching the gospel of his Son: 10 God knows how continually I make mention of you in my prayers, and am always asking that by his will I may, somehow or other, succeed at long last in coming to visit you. 11 For I long to see you; I want to bring you some spiritual gift to make you strong; 12 or rather, I want to be among you to be myself encouraged by your faith as well as you by mine.

13 But I should like you to know, [Some witnesses read: I believe you know.] my brothers, that I have often planned to come, though so far without success, in the hope of achieving something among you, as I have in other parts of the world. 14 I am under obligation to Greek and non-Greek, to learned and simple; 15 hence my eagerness to declare the Gospel to you in Rome as well as to others.

The Power of the Gospel

16 For I am not ashamed of the Gospel. It is the saving power of God for everyone who has faith?the Jew first, but the Greek also? 17 [ Hab.2.4. ] because here is revealed God's way of righting wrong, a way that starts from faith and ends in faith; [Or: ... wrong. It is based on faith and addressed to faith.] as Scripture says, 'he shall gain life who is justified through faith'.

The Guilt of Mankind

18 FOR WE SEE divine retribution revealed from heaven is and falling upon all the godless wickedness of men. In their wickedness they are stifling the truth. 19 For all that may be known of God by men lies plain before their eyes; indeed God himself has disclosed it to them. 20 His invisible attributes, that is to say his everlasting power and deity, have been visible, ever since the world began, to the eye of reason, in the things he has made. There is therefore no possible defence for their conduct; 21 knowing God, they have refused to honour him as God, or to render him thanks. Hence all their thinking has ended in futility, and their misguided minds are plunged in darkness. 22 They boast of their wisdom, but they have made fools of themselves, 23 exchanging the splendour of immortal God for an image shaped like mortal man, even for images like birds, beasts, and creeping things.

24 For this reason God has given them up to the vileness of their own desires, and the consequent degradation of their bodies, 25 because they have bartered away the true God for a false one, [Or: the truth of God for a lie.] and have offered reverence and worship to created things instead of to the Creator, who is blessed for ever; amen.

26 In consequence, I say. God has given them up to shameful passions. Their women have exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, 27 and their men in turn, giving up natural relations with women, burn with lust for one another; males behave indecently with males, and are paid in their own persons the fitting wage of such perversion.

28 Thus, because they have not seen fit to acknowledge God, he has given them up to their own depraved reason. This leads them to break all rules of conduct. 29 They are filled with every kind of injustice, mischief, rapacity, and malice; they are one mass of envy, murder, rivalry, treachery, and malevolence; whisperers 30 and scandal-mongers, hateful to God, insolent, arrogant, and boastful; they invent new kinds of mischief, they show no loyalty to parents, 31 no conscience, no fidelity to their plighted word; they are without natural affection and without pity. 32 They know well enough the just decree of God, that those who behave like this deserve to die, and yet they do it; not only so, they actually applaud such practices.

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