Paul's Longing To Visit Rome
Paul, a Servant of Christ Jesus,
Called to be an Apostle
And Set Apart for the Gospel of God--
2 The Gospel He Promised before hand
Through His Prophets in the Holy Scriptures
3 Regarding His Son,
Who as to His Human Nature
Was a Descendant of David,
4 AND WHO THROUGH THE SPIRIT OF HOLINESS
WAS DECLARED WITH POWER TO BE THE SON OF GOD-
BY HIS RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD:
JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.
5 Through Him and for His Name's Sake,
We received Grace and Apostleship
To call people from among all the Gentiles
TO THE OBEDIENCE THAT COMES BY FAITH.
6 And you are among those who are Called
To belong to Jesus Christ.
7 To all in Rome who are loved by God
AND CALLED TO BE SAINTS:
Grace and Peace to you from God our Father
And from the Lord Jesus Christ.
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you,
Because you Faith is being reported all over the World.
9 God, whom I Serve with my whole heart
In Preaching the Gospel of His Son, is my Witness
How Constantly I remember you
10 In my prayers at all times;
And I pray that now at last by God's Will
The way be opened for me to come to you.
11 I LONG TO SEE YOU
SO THAT I MAY IMPART TO YOU SOME SPIRITUAL GIFT
TO MAKE YOU STRONG--
12 That is, that you and I may be mutually Encouraged
By each others Faith.
13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers,
That I planned many times to come to you
(But have been Prevented from doing so until now)
In order that I might have a Harvest among you,
Just as I have had among the other Gentiles.
14 I am obligated both to Greeks and Non-Greeks,
Both to the Wise and the Foolish.
15 That is why I am so eager to Preach the Gospel
Also to you who are in Rome.
16 I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL,
BECAUSE IT IS THE POWER OF GOD
FOR THE SALVATION OF EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES:
FIRST FOR THE JEW,THEN FOR THE GENTILE.
17 For in the Gospel
A Righteousness from God is Revealed,
A RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT IS BY FAITH FROM FIRST TO LAST,
Just as it is written:
'THE RIGHTEOUS WILL LIVE BY FAITH.'
God's Wrath Against Mankind
18 The Wrath of God is being revealed from Heaven
Against all the Godlessness and Wickedness of men
Who Suppress the Truth by their Wickedness,
19 SINCE WHAT MAY BE KNOW ABOUT GOD
IS PLAIN TO THEM,
BECAUSE GOD HAS MADE IT PLAIN TO THEM.
20 For since the Creation of the World God's Invisible Qualities—
His Eternal Power and Divine Nature—
Have been Clearly Seen,
Being understood from what has been made,
SO THAT MEN ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE.
21 For although they knew God,
They neither Glorified Him as God, nor gave Thanks to Him,
BUT THEIR THINKING BECAME FUTILE
AND THEIR FOOLISH HEARTS WERE DARKENED.
22 Although they claimed to be wise,
THEY BECAME FOOLS
23 AND EXCHANGED THE GLORY OF THE IMMORTAL GOD
FOR IMAGES MADE TO LOOK LIKE MORTAL MAN
AND BIRDS AND ANIMALS AND REPTILES.
24 THEREFORE GOD GAVE THEM OVER
IN THE SINFUL DESIRES OF THEIR HEARTS
To Sexual Impurity
For the Degrading of their bodies with one another.
25 THEY EXCHANGED THE TRUTH OF GOD FOR A LIE,
And worshiped and served created things
Rather than the Creator--
Who is forever praised. Amen.
26 BECAUSE OF THIS,
GOD GAVE THEM OVER TO SHAMEFUL LUSTS.
Even their women Exchanged Natural Relations,
For Unnatural ones.
27 In the same way the men
Also Abandoned Natural Relations with women
And were Inflamed with Lust for one another.
Men Committed Indecent Acts with other men,
AND RECEIVED IN THEMSELVES
THE DUE PENALTY FOR THEIR PERVERSION.
28 Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile
To retain the knowledge of God,
HE GAVE THEM OVER TO A DEPRAVED MIND.
TO DO WHAT OUGHT NOT TO BE DONE.
29 They have become Filled
With every kind of Wickedness, Evil, Greed and Depravity.
They are Full of Envy, Murder, Strife, Deceit and Malice.
They are Gossips, Slanderers, God-haters,
Insolent, Arrogant and Boastful;
They invent ways of doing Evil;
They are Disobey their Parents;
They are Senseless, Faithless, Heartless, Ruthless.
29 ALTHOUGH THEY KNOW GOD'S RIGHTEOUS DECREE
THAT THOSE WHO DO SUCH THINGS DESERVE DEATH,
They not only continue to do these Very Things
But also Approve of those who Practice them.