Paul, 1a servant of Christ Jesus, 2called to be an apostle, 3set apart for the gospel of God,
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which 4he promised beforehand 5through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,
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concerning his Son, 6who was descended from David7according to the flesh
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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,
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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,
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including you who are 14called to belong to Jesus Christ,
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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.
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First, 16I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, 17because your faith is proclaimed in all the world.
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18For God is my witness, 19whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, 20that without ceasing I mention you
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always in my prayers, asking that somehow 21by God's will I may now at last succeed in coming to you.
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For 22I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you--
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that is, that we may be mutually encouraged 23by each other's faith, both yours and mine.
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I want you to know, brothers, 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.
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27I am under obligation both to Greeks and to 28barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish.
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So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.