And it is really this which has again and again prevented my coming to you.
But now, as there is no more unoccupied ground in this part of the world, and I have for years past been eager to pay you a visit,
I hope, as soon as ever I extend my travels into Spain, to see you on my way and be helped forward by you on my journey, when I have first enjoyed being with you for a time.
But at present I am going to Jerusalem to serve God's people,
for Macedonia and Greece have kindly contributed a certain sum in relief of the poor among God's people, in Jerusalem.
Yes, they have kindly done this, and, in fact, it was a debt they owed them. For seeing that the Gentiles have been admitted in to partnership with the Jews in their spiritual blessings, they in turn are under an obligation to render sacred service to the Jews in temporal things.
So after discharging this duty, and making sure that these kind gifts reach those for whom they are intended, I shall start for Spain, passing through Rome on my way there;
and I know that when I come to you it will be with a vast amount of blessing from Christ.