I do not want you to be unaware,1 brothers and sisters,2 that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now)3 in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.
I am obligated4 both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish.
That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome.516
I am not ashamed of the gospel,6 because it is the power of God7 that brings salvation to everyone who believes:8 first to the Jew,9 then to the Gentile.1017
For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed11--a righteousness that is by faith12 from first to last,a just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."b13
The wrath of God14 is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of human beings who suppress the truth by their wickedness,
since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.1520
For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made,16 so that people are without excuse.1721
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.1822
Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools1923
and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images20 made to look like mortal human beings and birds and animals and reptiles.