Romans 16 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Be sure to welcome our friend Phoebe in the way of the Master, with all the generous hospitality we Christians are famous for. I heartily endorse both her and her work. She's a key representative of the church at Cenchrea. 1 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church in Cenchrea.
2 Help her out in whatever she asks. She deserves anything you can do for her. She's helped many a person, including me. 2 I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been a great help to many people, including me.
3 Say hello to Priscilla and Aquila, who have worked hand in hand with me in serving Jesus. 3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus.
4 They once put their lives on the line for me. And I'm not the only one grateful to them. All the non-Jewish gatherings of believers also owe them plenty, 4 They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.
5 to say nothing of the church that meets in their house. Hello to my dear friend Epenetus. He was the very first Christian in the province of Asia. 5 Greet also the church that meets at their house. Greet my dear friend Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia.
6 Hello to Mary. What a worker she has turned out to be! 6 Greet Mary, who worked very hard for you.
7 Hello to my cousins Andronicus and Junias. We once shared a jail cell. They were believers in Christ before I was. Both of them are outstanding leaders. 7 Greet Andronicus and Junias, my relatives who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.
8 Hello to Ampliatus, my good friend in the family of God. 8 Greet Ampliatus, whom I love in the Lord.
9 Hello to Urbanus, our companion in Christ's work, and my good friend Stachys. 9 Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and my dear friend Stachys.
10 Hello to Apelles, a tried-and-true veteran in following Christ. Hello to the family of Aristobulus. 10 Greet Apelles, tested and approved in Christ.
11 Hello to my cousin Herodion. Hello to those Christians from the family of Narcissus. 11 Greet Herodion, my relative. Greet those in the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord.
12 Hello to Tryphena and Tryphosa - such diligent women in serving the Master. Hello to Persis, a dear friend and hard worker in Christ. 12 Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, those women who work hard in the Lord. Greet my dear friend Persis, another woman who has worked very hard in the Lord.
13 Hello to Rufus - a good choice by the Master! - and his mother. She has also been a dear mother to me. 13 Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me, too.
14 Hello to Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and also to all of their families. 14 Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas and the brothers with them.
15 Hello to Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas - and all the Christians who live with them. 15 Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas and all the saints with them.
16 Holy embraces all around! All the churches of Christ send their warmest greetings! 16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ send greetings.
17 One final word of counsel, friends. Keep a sharp eye out for those who take bits and pieces of the teaching that you learned and then use them to make trouble. Give these people a wide berth. 17 I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.
18 They have no intention of living for our Master Christ. They're only in this for what they can get out of it, and aren't above using pious sweet talk to dupe unsuspecting innocents. 18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.
19 And so while there has never been any question about your honesty in these matters - I couldn't be more proud of you! - I want you also to be smart, making sure every "good" thing is the real thing. Don't be gullible in regard to smooth-talking evil. Stay alert like this, 19 Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.
20 and before you know it the God of peace will come down on Satan with both feet, stomping him into the dirt. Enjoy the best of Jesus! 20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
21 And here are some more greetings from our end. Timothy, my partner in this work, Lucius, and my cousins Jason and Sosipater all said to tell you hello. 21 Timothy, my fellow worker, sends his greetings to you, as do Lucius, Jason and Sosipater, my relatives.
22 I, Tertius, who wrote this letter at Paul's dictation, send you my personal greetings. 22 I, Tertius, who wrote down this letter, greet you in the Lord.
23 Gaius, who is host here to both me and the whole church, wants to be remembered to you. Erastus, the city treasurer, and our good friend Quartus send their greetings. 23 Gaius, whose hospitality I and the whole church here enjoy, sends you his greetings. Erastus, who is the city's director of public works, and our brother Quartus send you their greetings.
25 All of our praise rises to the One who is strong enough to make you strong, exactly as preached in Jesus Christ, precisely as revealed in the mystery kept secret for so long 25 Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past,
26 but now an open book through the prophetic Scriptures. All the nations of the world can now know the truth and be brought into obedient belief, carrying out the orders of God, who got all this started, down to the very last letter. 26 but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him--
27 All our praise is focused through Jesus on this incomparably wise God! Yes! 27 to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.