Romans 15

Self-denial on Behalf of Others

1Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of a  those without strength and not just please ourselves. 2Each of us is to b  please his neighbor
Lit for what is good to edification
for his good, to his d  edification.
3For even e  Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written f  The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” 4For 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. 5Now may the h  God
Lit of perseverance
who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you j  to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus,
6so that with one accord you may with one
Lit mouth
voice glorify l  the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

7Therefore m  accept one another, just as Christ also accepted
One early ms reads you
us to the glory of God.
8For 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, 9and for q  the Gentiles to r  glorify God for His mercy; as it is written, s  Therefore I will
Or confess
give praise to You among the Gentiles,
And I will sing to Your name.”

10Again he says, u  Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people.”

11And again, v  Praise the Lord all you Gentiles,
And let all the peoples praise Him.”

12Again 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.”

13Now 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.

14And 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. 15But 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 God
from God,
16to 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. 17Therefore in Christ Jesus I have found ai  reason for boasting in aj  things pertaining to God. 18For I will not presume to speak of anything
Lit which Christ has not accomplished
except what al  Christ has accomplished through me,
Lit to the obedience
resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed,
19in 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 fulfilled
fully preached the gospel of Christ.
20And 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; 21but as it is written, av  They who had no news of Him shall see,
And they who have not heard shall understand.”

22For this reason aw  I have often been prevented from coming to you; 23but 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 24whenever I ay  go to Spainfor 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 part
for a while
25but now bc  I am going to Jerusalem bd  serving the
Or holy ones
26For bf  Macedonia and bg  Achaia have been pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the
V 25, note 1
saints in Jerusalem.
27Yes, 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. 28Therefore, when I have finished this, and bj  have
Lit sealed to them this fruit
put my seal on this fruit of theirs, I will bl  go on by way of you to Spain.
29I know that when bm  I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.

30Now 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, 31that 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;
32so that bt  I may come to you in joy by bu  the will of God and find refreshing rest in your company. 33Now bv  the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
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