bf Acts 16:9; 1 Cor 16:5; 2 Cor 1:16; 2:13; 7:5; 8:1; 9:2, 4; 11:9; Phil 4:15; 1 Thess 1:7f; 4:10; 1 Tim 1:3
Self-denial on Behalf of Others1 Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of a those without strength and not just please ourselves. 2 Each of us is to b please his neighbor ▼
▼ Lit for what is good to edificationfor his good, to his d edification. 3 For even e Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written f “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” 4 For g whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5 Now may the h God ▼
▼ Lit of perseverancewho gives perseverance and encouragement grant you j to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, 6 so that with one accord you may with one ▼
▼ Lit mouthvoice glorify l the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore m accept one another, just as Christ also accepted ▼
▼ One early ms reads youus to the glory of God. 8 For I say that Christ has become a servant to o the circumcision on behalf of the truth of God to confirm p the promises given to the fathers, 9 and for q the Gentiles to r glorify God for His mercy; as it is written, s “Therefore I will ▼
▼ Or confessgive praise to You among the Gentiles,
And I will sing to Your name.”
10 Again he says, u “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people.”
11 And again, v “Praise the Lord all you Gentiles,
And let all the peoples praise Him.”
12 Again Isaiah says, w “There shall come x the root of Jesse,
And He who arises to rule over the Gentiles,
y In Him shall the Gentiles hope.”
13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all z joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope aa by the power of the Holy Spirit. 14 And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of ab goodness, filled with ac all knowledge and able also to admonish one another. 15 But I have written very boldly to you on some points so as to remind you again, because of ad the grace that was given me ▼
▼ One early ms reads by Godfrom God, 16 to be af a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the ag gospel of God, so that my ah offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. 17 Therefore in Christ Jesus I have found ai reason for boasting in aj things pertaining to God. 18 For I will not presume to speak of anything ▼
▼ Lit which Christ has not accomplishedexcept what al Christ has accomplished through me, ▼
▼ Lit to the obedienceresulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed, 19 in the power of ▼
▼ Or attesting miracles, ao signs and wonders ap in the power of the Spirit; so that aq from Jerusalem and round about as ar far as Illyricum I have ▼
▼ Lit fulfilledfully preached the gospel of Christ. 20 And thus I aspired to at preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named au so that I would not build on another man’s foundation; 21 but as it is written, av “They who had no news of Him shall see,
And they who have not heard shall understand.”
22 For this reason aw I have often been prevented from coming to you; 23 but now, with no further place for me in these regions, and since I ax have had for many years a longing to come to you 24 whenever I ay go to Spain— for I hope to see you in passing, and to be az helped on my way there by you, when I have first ba enjoyed your company ▼
▼ Lit in partfor a while— 25 but now bc I am going to Jerusalem bd serving the ▼
▼ Or holy onessaints. 26 For bf Macedonia and bg Achaia have been pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the ▼
▼ V 25, note 1saints in Jerusalem. 27 Yes, they were pleased to do so, and they are indebted to them. For bi if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual things, they are indebted to minister to them also in material things. 28 Therefore, when I have finished this, and bj have ▼
▼ Lit sealed to them this fruitput my seal on this fruit of theirs, I will bl go on by way of you to Spain. 29 I know that when bm I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ. 30 Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by bn the love of the Spirit, to bo strive together with me in your prayers to God for me, 31 that I may be bp rescued from those who are disobedient in Judea, and that my bq service for Jerusalem may prove acceptable to the ▼
▼ V 25, note 1, bs saints; 32 so that bt I may come to you in joy by bu the will of God and find refreshing rest in your company. 33 Now bv the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
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