First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you,4 because your faith is being reported all over the world.59
God, whom I serve6 with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness7 how constantly I remember you
in my prayers at all times;8 and I pray that now at last by God's will9 the way may be opened for me to come to you.1011
I long to see you11 so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift12 to make you strong--
that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith.
I do not want you to be unaware,13 brothers,14 that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now)15 in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.
I am obligated16 both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish.
That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are at Rome.17