1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostlea and set apartb for the gospel of Godc—2 the gospel he promised beforehandd through his prophetse in the Holy Scripturesf 3 regarding his Son, who as to his earthly lifea g was a descendant of David,h 4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in powerb i by his resurrection from the dead:j Jesus Christ our Lord.k 5 Through him we received gracel and apostleship to call all the Gentilesm to the obedience that comes fromc faithn for his name’s sake. 6 And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.o
7 To all in Rome who are loved by Godp and called to be his holy people:q
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.r
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you,s because your faith is being reported all over the world.t 9 God, whom I serveu in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witnessv how constantly I remember you 10 in my prayers at all times;w and I pray that now at last by God’s willx the way may be opened for me to come to you.y
11 I long to see youz so that I may impart to you some spiritual gifta to make you strong—12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. 13 I do not want you to be unaware,b brothers and sisters,d c that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now)d in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.
14 I am obligatede 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.f
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel,g because it is the power of Godh that brings salvation to everyone who believes:i first to the Jew,j then to the Gentile.k 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealedl—a righteousness that is by faithm from first to last,e just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”f n
God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity
18 The wrath of Godo is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, 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.p 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,q so that people are without excuse.r
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.s 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became foolst 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for imagesu made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 Therefore God gave them overv in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.w 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie,x and worshiped and served created thingsy rather than the Creator—who is forever praised.z Amen.a
26 Because of this, God gave them overb to shameful lusts.c Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.d 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.e
28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them overf to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,g 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;h 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love,i no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death,j they not only continue to do these very things but also approvek of those who practice them.
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