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Romans 15 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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The Example of Christ

Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:1 - We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:2 - Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:3 - For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:4 - For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:5 - May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:6 - that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:7 - Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

Christ the Hope of Jews and Gentiles

Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:8 - For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:9 - and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,
“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles,
and sing to your name.”
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:10 - And again it is said,
“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.”
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:11 - And again,
“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles,
and let all the peoples extol him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:12 - And again Isaiah says,
“The root of Jesse will come,
even he who arises to rule the Gentiles;
in him will the Gentiles hope.”
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:13 - May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Paul the Minister to the Gentiles

Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:14 - I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers,[fn] that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:15 - But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:16 - to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:17 - In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:18 - For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:19 - by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ;
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:20 - and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:21 - but as it is written,
“Those who have never been told of him will see,
and those who have never heard will understand.”

Paul’s Plan to Visit Rome

Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:22 - This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:23 - But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years to come to you,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:24 - I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be helped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a while.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:25 - At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem bringing aid to the saints.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:26 - For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:27 - For they were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:28 - When therefore I have completed this and have delivered to them what has been collected,[fn] I will leave for Spain by way of you.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:29 - I know that when I come to you I will come in the fullness of the blessing[fn] of Christ.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:30 - I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:31 - that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:32 - so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 15:33 - May the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
ESV Footnotes
Or brothers and sisters; also verse 30
Greek sealed to them this fruit
Some manuscripts insert of the gospel

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