Romans 1:14-24 (Today's New International Version)

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14 I am obligated1 both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. 15 That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome.2 16 I am not ashamed of the gospel,3 because it is the power of God4 that brings salvation to everyone who believes:5 first to the Jew,6 then to the Gentile.7 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed8--a righteousness that is by faith9 from first to last,a just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."b10

God's Wrath Against Sinful Humanity

18 The wrath of God11 is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of human beings who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.12 20 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,13 so that people are without excuse.14 21 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.15 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools16 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images17 made to look like mortal human beings and birds and animals and reptiles. 24 Therefore God gave them over18 in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.19
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