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Romans 1 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:1 - Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God—
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:2 - the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:3 - regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life[fn] was a descendant of David,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:4 - and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power[fn] by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:5 - Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from[fn] faith for his name’s sake.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:6 - And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:7 - To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul’s Longing to Visit Rome

Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:8 - First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:9 - God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:10 - in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:11 - I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong—
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:12 - that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:13 - I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,[fn] 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:14 - I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:15 - That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:16 - For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:17 - For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,[fn] just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”[fn]

God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity

Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:18 - The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:19 - since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:20 - 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 people are without excuse.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:21 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:22 - Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:23 - and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:24 - Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:25 - They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:26 - Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:27 - In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:28 - Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:29 - 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,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:30 - slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:31 - they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 1:32 - 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.
NIV Footnotes
Or who according to the flesh
Or was declared with power to be the Son of God
Or that is
The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 7:1, 4; 8:12, 29; 10:1; 11:25; 12:1; 15:14, 30; 16:14, 17.
Or is from faith to faith
Hab. 2:4

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