Paul, 1a servanta of Christ Jesus, 2called to be an apostle, 3set apart for the gospel of God,
which 4he promised beforehand 5through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,
concerning his Son, 6who was descended from Davidb7according to the flesh
and 8was declared to be the Son of God 9in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,
through whom 10we have received grace and 11apostleship 12to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name 13among all the nations,
including you who are 14called to belong to Jesus Christ,
To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: 15Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
First, 16I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, 17because your faith is proclaimed in all the world.
918For God is my witness, 19whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, 20that without ceasing I mention you
always in my prayers, asking that somehow 21by God's will I may now at last succeed in coming to you.
For 22I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you--
that is, that we may be mutually encouraged 23by each other's faith, both yours and mine.
I want you to know, brothers,c that 24I have often intended to come to you (but 25thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some 26harvest among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles.
1427I am under obligation both to Greeks and to 28barbarians,d both to the wise and to the foolish.
So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.