Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I have purposed to come unto you (but was prevented hitherto), that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.
I am debtor both to the Greeks and to the barbarians, both to the wise and to the unwise;
so, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the Gospel to you also who are at Rome.
For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one who believeth, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith; as it is written: "The just shall live by faith."
For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness,
because that which may be known of God is manifest in them, for God hath shown it unto them.
For from the creation of the world the invisible things of Him are clearly seen, being understood through the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.
For when they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God, nor were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man, and to birds and fourfooted beasts and creeping things.