Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, 1called as an apostle, 2set apart for 3the gospel of God,
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which He 4promised beforehand through His 5prophets in the holy Scriptures,
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concerning His Son, who was born 6of a descendant of David 7according to the flesh,
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who was declared 8the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord,
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through whom we have received grace and 9apostleship to bring about the 10obedience of faith among 11all the Gentiles for His name's sake,
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among whom you also are the 12called of Jesus Christ;
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to all who are 13beloved of God in Rome, called as 14saints: 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 you all, because 17your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world.
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For 18God, whom I 19serve in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how unceasingly 20I make mention of you,
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always in my prayers making request, if perhaps now at last by 21the will of God I may succeed in coming to you.
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For 22I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established;
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that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other's faith, both yours and mine.
23I do not want you to be unaware, 24brethren, that often I 25have planned to come to you (and have been prevented so far ) so that I may obtain some 26fruit among you also, even 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, for my part, I am eager to 29preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.
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For I am not 30ashamed of the gospel, for 31it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the 32Jew first and also to 33the Greek.
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For in it 34the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "35BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH."
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For 36the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who 37suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
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because 38that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.
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For 39since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, 40being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
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For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became 41futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
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42Professing to be wise, they became fools,
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and 43exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.
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Therefore 44God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be 45dishonored among them.
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For they exchanged the truth of God for a 46lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, 47who is blessed forever. Amen.
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For this reason 48God gave them over to 49degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural ,
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and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, 50men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.
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And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, 51God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,
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being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are 52gossips,
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slanderers, 53haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, 54disobedient to parents,
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without understanding, untrustworthy, 55unloving, unmerciful;
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and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of 56death, they not only do the same, but also 57give hearty approval to those who practice them.
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