1Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle and singled out for God's good news-2which He promised long ago through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures-3concerning His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who was a descendant of David according to the flesh4and was established as the powerful Son of God by the resurrection from the dead according to the Spirit of holiness.5We have received grace and apostleship through Him to bring about the obedience of faith among all the nations, on behalf of His name,6including yourselves who are also Jesus Christ's by calling: 7To all who are in Rome, loved by God, called as saints. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
8First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you because the news of your faith is being reported in all the world.9For God, whom I serve with my spirit in [telling] the good news about His Son, is my witness that I constantly mention you,10always asking in my prayers that if it is somehow in God's will, I may now at last succeed in coming to you.11For I want very much to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you,12that is, to be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine. 13Now I want you to know, brothers, that I often planned to come to you (but was prevented until now) in order that I might have a fruitful ministry among you, just as among the rest of the Gentiles.14I am obligated both to Greeks and barbarians, both to the wise and the foolish.15So I am eager to preach the good news to you also who are in Rome.
1When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as judges over Israel.2His firstborn son's name was Joel and his second was Abijah. They were judges in Beer-sheba.3However, his sons did not walk in his ways-they turned toward dishonest gain, took bribes, and perverted justice. 4So all the elders of Israel gathered together and went to Samuel at Ramah.5They said to him, "Look, you are old, and your sons do not follow your example. Therefore, appoint a king to judge us the same as all the other nations have." 6When they said, "Give us a king to judge us," Samuel considered their demand sinful, so he prayed to the Lord.7But the Lord told him, "Listen to the people and everything they say to you. They have not rejected you; they have rejected Me as their king.8They are doing the same thing to you that they have done to Me, since the day I brought them out of Egypt until this day, abandoning Me and worshiping other gods.9Listen to them, but you must solemnly warn them and tell them about the rights of the king who will rule over them." 10Samuel told all the Lord's words to the people who were asking him for a king.11He said, "These are the rights of the king who will rule over you: He can take your sons and put them to his use in his chariots, on his horses, or running in front of his chariots.12He can appoint them for his use as commanders of thousands or commanders of fifties, to plow his ground or reap his harvest, or to make his weapons of war or the equipment for his chariots.13He can take your daughters to become perfumers, cooks, and bakers.14He can take your best fields, vineyards, and olive orchards and give them to his servants.15He can take a tenth of your grain and your vineyards and give them to his officials and servants.16He can take your male servants, your female servants, your best young men, and your donkeys and use them for his work.17He can take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves can become his servants.18When that day comes, you will cry out because of the king you've chosen for yourselves, but the Lord won't answer you on that day." 19The people refused to listen to Samuel. "No!" they said. "We must have a king over us.20Then we'll be like all the other nations: our king will judge us, go out before us, and fight our battles." 21Samuel listened to all the people's words and then repeated them to the Lord.22"Listen to them," the Lord told Samuel. "Appoint a king for them." Then Samuel told the men of Israel, "Each of you, go back to your city."
1God, save me by Your name, and vindicate me by Your might! 2God, hear my prayer; listen to the words of my mouth. 3For strangers rise up against me, and violent men seek my life. They have no regard for God. Selah 4God is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my life. 5He will repay my adversaries for [their] evil. Because of Your faithfulness, annihilate them. 6I will sacrifice a freewill offering to You. I will praise Your name, Lord, because it is good. 7For He has delivered me from every trouble, and my eye has looked down on my enemies.