And so I have been prevented many times from coming to you. 1
But now that I have finished my work in these regions and since I have been wanting for so many years to come to see you,
I hope to do so now. I would like to see you on my way to Spain, and be helped by you to go there, after I have enjoyed visiting you for a while.
Right now, however, I am going to Jerusalem in the service of God's people there. 2
For the churches in Macedonia and Achaia have freely decided to give an offering to help the poor among God's people in Jerusalem.
That decision was their own; but, as a matter of fact, they have an obligation to help them. Since the Jews shared their spiritual blessings with the Gentiles, the Gentiles ought to use their material blessings to help the Jews. 3
When I have finished this task and have turned over to them all the money that has been raised for them, I shall leave for Spain and visit you on my way there.
When I come to you, I know that I shall come with a full measure of the blessing of Christ.