Romans 15

We, then, who are strong, ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Wherefore, let every one of us please his neighbor, as far as it is good for edification. For even Christ sought not his own pleasure: but, as it is written, "The reproaches of them who reproached you, have fallen on me." Now whatever things were before written, were written for our instruction: that through the patience and admonition of the scriptures, we might have hope.

Now, may the God who gives patience and admonition, give to you mutual unity of sentiment, according to Christ Jesus. That with one mind, and with one voice, you may glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Wherefore, cordially receive one another; even as Christ also has received us to the glory of God. Now, I affirm that Jesus Christ became a minister of the circumcision on account of the truth of God, in order to confirm the promises made to the fathers; and that the Gentiles might praise God on account of mercy: as it is written, "For this cause I will glorify thee among the Gentiles, and sing to thy name." 10 And again he says, "Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people." 11 And again, "Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles; and extol him, all you people." 12 And again, Isaiah says, to be a leader of the Gentiles; upon him shall the Gentiles place their hope."

13 Now, may the God of hope fill you with all joy, and peace, in believing; in order that you may abound in that hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

14 However, my brethren, I myself am persuaded concerning you, that you also are full of goodness, being filled with all knowledge; able, also, to instruct one another. 15 But, I have written the more boldly to you, brethren; partly, as calling things to your remembrance through the favor which is given me of God. 16 In order to my being a minister of Jesus Christ, among the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that there might be an offering of the Gentiles most acceptable; being sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

17 I have, therefore, glorifying, through Christ Jesus, with respect to things pertaining to God. 18 But, I will not dare to speak anything of what Christ has not wrought; but, of what he has wrought, by me, in order to the obedience of the Gentiles in word and deed; 19 by the power of signs and wonders, and by the power of the Holy Spirit: so that from Jerusalem, and round about, as far as Illyricum, I have fully declared the gospel of Christ; 20 and so, also, that I was strongly desirous to declare the gospel where Christ was not named, that I might not build on another's foundation. 21 But, as it is written, "They shall see, to whom nothing has been told concerning him; and they who have not heard, shall understand."

22 For which reason, also, I have been greatly hindered from coming to you. 23 But now, having no more place in these parts, and having for many years a strong desire to come to you, 24 whensoever I go toward Spain, I hope, as I pass on, to see you, and to be brought on my way thither by you, when I shall first, in some measure, be satisfied with your company. 25 But now I go to Jerusalem, ministering to the saints; 26 for Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor of the saints who are in Jerusalem. 27 They have been pleased, indeed; and their debtors they are: for if the Gentiles have partaken of their spiritual things, they ought certainly to minister to them in temporal things. 28 Wherefore, having finished this affair, and having sealed to them this fruit, I will go from thence by you into Spain. 29 And I know when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.

30 Now, I beseech you, brethren, by the Lord Jesus Christ, and by the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me, by prayers for me to God; 31 that I may be delivered from the disobedient in Judea; and that my service, which I am performing for Jerusalem, may be acceptable to the saints: 32 that in joy I may come to you, through the will of God, and may be refreshed among you. 33 Now may the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

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