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Romans 15 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 We may know that these things make no difference, but we cannot just go ahead and do them to please ourselves. We must be considerate of the doubts and fears of those who think these things are wrong. 1 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.
2 We should please others. If we do what helps them, we will build them up in the Lord. 2 Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
3 For even Christ didn't please himself. As the Scriptures say, "Those who insult you are also insulting me." 3 For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: "The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me."
4 Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. They give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God's promises. 4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
5 May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other -- each with the attitude of Christ Jesus toward the other. 5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus,
6 Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 6 so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7 So accept each other just as Christ has accepted you; then God will be glorified. 7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
8 Remember that Christ came as a servant to the Jews to show that God is true to the promises he made to their ancestors. 8 For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God's truth, to confirm the promises made to the patriarchs
9 And he came so the Gentiles might also give glory to God for his mercies to them. That is what the psalmist meant when he wrote: "I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing praises to your name." 9 so that the Gentiles may glorify God for his mercy, as it is written: "Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing hymns to your name."
10 And in another place it is written, "Rejoice, O you Gentiles, along with his people, the Jews." 10 Again, it says, "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people."
11 And yet again, "Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles; praise him, all you people of the earth." 11 And again, "Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and sing praises to him, all you peoples."
12 And the prophet Isaiah said, "The heir to David's throne will come, and he will rule over the Gentiles. They will place their hopes on him." 12 And again, Isaiah says, "The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him."
13 So I pray that God, who gives you hope, will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in him. May you overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
14 I am fully convinced, dear brothers and sisters, that you are full of goodness. You know these things so well that you are able to teach others all about them. 14 I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.
15 Even so, I have been bold enough to emphasize some of these points, knowing that all you need is this reminder from me. For I am, by God's grace, 15 I have written you quite boldly on some points, as if to remind you of them again, because of the grace God gave me
16 a special messenger from Christ Jesus to you Gentiles. I bring you the Good News and offer you up as a fragrant sacrifice to God so that you might be pure and pleasing to him by the Holy Spirit. 16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles with the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
17 So it is right for me to be enthusiastic about all Christ Jesus has done through me in my service to God. 17 Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God.
18 I dare not boast of anything else. I have brought the Gentiles to God by my message and by the way I lived before them. 18 I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done--
19 I have won them over by the miracles done through me as signs from God -- all by the power of God's Spirit. In this way, I have fully presented the Good News of Christ all the way from Jerusalem clear over into Illyricum. 19 by the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.
20 My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else. 20 It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else's foundation.
21 I have been following the plan spoken of in the Scriptures, where it says, "Those who have never been told about him will see, and those who have never heard of him will understand." 21 Rather, as it is written: "Those who were not told about him will see, and those who have not heard will understand."
22 In fact, my visit to you has been delayed so long because I have been preaching in these places. 22 This is why I have often been hindered from coming to you.
23 But now I have finished my work in these regions, and after all these long years of waiting, I am eager to visit you. 23 But now that there is no more place for me to work in these regions, and since I have been longing for many years to see you,
24 I am planning to go to Spain, and when I do, I will stop off in Rome. And after I have enjoyed your fellowship for a little while, you can send me on my way again. 24 I plan to do so when I go to Spain. I hope to visit you while passing through and to have you assist me on my journey there, after I have enjoyed your company for a while.
25 But before I come, I must go down to Jerusalem to take a gift to the Christians there. 25 Now, however, I am on my way to Jerusalem in the service of the saints there.
26 For you see, the believers in Greece have eagerly taken up an offering for the Christians in Jerusalem, who are going through such hard times. 26 For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.
27 They were very glad to do this because they feel they owe a real debt to them. Since the Gentiles received the wonderful spiritual blessings of the Good News from the Jewish Christians, they feel the least they can do in return is help them financially. 27 They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews' spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings.
28 As soon as I have delivered this money and completed this good deed of theirs, I will come to see you on my way to Spain. 28 So after I have completed this task and have made sure that they have received this fruit, I will go to Spain and visit you on the way.
29 And I am sure that when I come, Christ will give me a great blessing for you. 29 I know that when I come to you, I will come in the full measure of the blessing of Christ.
30 Dear brothers and sisters, I urge you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. Do this because of your love for me, given to you by the Holy Spirit. 30 I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.
31 Pray that I will be rescued from those in Judea who refuse to obey God. Pray also that the Christians there will be willing to accept the donation I am bringing them. 31 Pray that I may be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea and that my service in Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints there,
32 Then, by the will of God, I will be able to come to you with a happy heart, and we will be an encouragement to each other. 32 so that by God's will I may come to you with joy and together with you be refreshed.
33 And now may God, who gives us his peace, be with you all. Amen. 33 The God of peace be with you all. Amen.