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Romans 15 (Today's New International Version)

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1 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak1 and not to please ourselves. 2 We should all please our neighbors for their good,2 to build them up.3 3 For even Christ did not please himself4 but, as it is written: "The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me."a5 4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us,6 so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. 5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind7 toward each other that Christ Jesus had, 6 so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify8 the God and Father9 of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Accept one another,10 then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. 8 For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jewsb11 on behalf of God's truth, so that the promises12 made to the patriarchs might be confirmed 9 and, moreover, that the Gentiles13 might glorify God14 for his mercy. As it is written: "Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing the praises of your name."c15 10 Again, it says, "Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people."d16 11 And again, "Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles; let all the peoples extol him."e17 12 And again, Isaiah says, "The Root of Jesse18 will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope."f19 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace20 as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.21

Paul the Minister to the Gentiles

14 I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness,22 filled with knowledge23 and competent to instruct one another. 15 Yet I have written you quite boldly on some points to remind you of them again, because of the grace God gave me24 16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles.25 He gave me the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God,26 so that the Gentiles might become an offering27 acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. 17 Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus28 in my service to God.29 18 I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles30 to obey God31 by what I have said and done-- 19 by the power of signs and wonders,32 through the power of the Spirit of God.33 So from Jerusalem34 all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.35 20 It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel36 where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else's foundation.37 21 Rather, as it is written: "Those who were not told about him will see, and those who have not heard will understand."g38 22 This is why I have often been hindered from coming to you.39

Paul's Plan to Visit Rome

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 visit you,40 24 I plan to do so when I go to Spain.41 I hope to see you while passing through and to have you assist42 me on my journey there, after I have enjoyed your company for a while. 25 Now, however, I am on my way to Jerusalem43 in the service44 of the Lord's people45 there. 26 For Macedonia46 and Achaia47 were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the Lord's people in Jerusalem.48 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.49 28 So after I have completed this task and have made sure that they have received this fruit, I will go to Spain50 and visit you on the way. 29 I know that when I come to you,51 I will come in the full measure of the blessing of Christ. 30 I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit,52 to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.53 31 Pray that I may be kept safe54 from the unbelievers in Judea and that the contribution55 I take to Jerusalem may be favorably received by the Lord's people56 there, 32 so that by God's will57 I may come to you58 with joy and together with you be refreshed.59 33 The God of peace60 be with you all. Amen.
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