Romans 1:1-17 (New International Version)

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1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle1 and set apart2 for the gospel of God3-- 2 the gospel he promised beforehand4 through his prophets5 in the Holy Scriptures6 3 regarding his Son, who as to his human nature7 was a descendant of David,8 4 and who through the Spirita of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of Godb9 by his resurrection from the dead:10 Jesus Christ our Lord.11 5 Through him and for his name's sake, we received grace12 and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles13 to the obedience that comes from faith.14 6 And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.15 7 To all in Rome who are loved by God16 and called to be saints:17 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.18

Paul's Longing to Visit Rome

8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you,19 because your faith is being reported all over the world.20 9 God, whom I serve21 with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness22 how constantly I remember you 10 in my prayers at all times;23 and I pray that now at last by God's will24 the way may be opened for me to come to you.25 11 I long to see you26 so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift27 to make you strong-- 12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith. 13 I do not want you to be unaware,28 brothers,29 that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now)30 in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles. 14 I am obligated31 both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. 15 That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are at Rome.32 16 I am not ashamed of the gospel,33 because it is the power of God34 for the salvation of everyone who believes:35 first for the Jew,36 then for the Gentile.37 17 For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed,38 a righteousness that is by faith39 from first to last,c just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."d40
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