1We who have strong faith should help the weak with their problems. We should not please only ourselves.2We should all please our neighbors. Let us do what is good for them. Let us build them up.3Even Christ did not please himself. It is written, “Those who make fun of you have made fun of me also.” (Ps 69:9)4Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us. The Scriptures give us strength to go on. They cheer us up and give us hope.5Our God is a God who strengthens you and cheers you up. May he help you agree with each other as you follow Christ Jesus.6Then you can give glory to God with one heart and voice. He is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.7Christ has accepted you. So accept one another in order to bring praise to God.8I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews. He teaches us that God is true. He shows us that God will keep the promises he made to the founders of our nation.9Jesus became a servant of the Jews so that people who are not Jews could give glory to God for his mercy. It is written, “I will praise you among those who aren't Jews. I will sing praises to you.” (2Sa 22:50; Ps 18:49)10Again it says, “You non‑Jews, be full of joy. Be joyful together with God's people.” (De 32:43)11And again it says, “All you non‑Jews, praise the Lord. All you nations, sing praises to him.” (Ps 117:1)12And Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will grow up quickly. He will rule over the nations. Those who aren't Jews will put their hope in him.” (Isa 11:10)13May the God who gives hope fill you with great joy. May you have perfect peace as you trust in him. May the power of the Holy Spirit fill you with hope.
Paul Serves the Non‑Jews
14My brothers and sisters, I am sure that you are full of goodness. What you know is complete. You are able to teach one another.15I have written to you very boldly about some things. I wanted you to think about them again. The grace of God has allowed me16to serve Christ Jesus among those who aren't Jews. My duty as a priest is to preach God's good news. Then the non‑Jews will become an offering that pleases God. The Holy Spirit will make the offering holy.17Because I belong to Christ Jesus, I can take pride in my work for God.18I will not try to speak of anything except what Christ has done through me. He has been leading those who aren't Jews to obey God. He has been doing this by what I have said and done.19He has given me power to do signs and miracles. He has given me the power of the Holy Spirit. From Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum I have finished preaching the good news about Christ.20I have always wanted to preach the good news where Christ was not known. I don't want to build on what someone else has started.21It is written, “Those who were not told about him will understand. Those who have not heard will know what it all means.” (Isa 52:15)22That's why I have often been kept from coming to you.
Paul Plans to Visit Rome
23Now there is no more place for me to work in those areas. For many years I have been longing to see you.24So I plan to see you when I go to Spain. I hope to visit you while I am passing through. And I hope you will help me on my journey there. But first I want to enjoy being with you for a while.25Now I am on my way to Jerusalem to serve God's people there.26The believers in Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to take an offering for those who were poor among God's people in Jerusalem.27They were happy to do it. And of course they owe it to them. Those who aren't Jews have shared from the Jews’ spiritual blessings. So the non‑Jews should share their earthly blessings with the Jews.28I want to finish my task. I want to make sure that the poor in Jerusalem have received the offering. Then I will go to Spain. On my way I will visit you.29I know that when I come to you, I will come with the full blessing of Christ.30Brothers and sisters, I am asking you through the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. Pray for me with the love the Holy Spirit provides.31Pray that I will be saved from those in Judea who do not believe. Pray that my work in Jerusalem will be accepted by God's people there.32Then, as God has planned, I will come to you with joy. Together we will be renewed.33May the God who gives peace be with you all. Amen.
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The Example of Christ
1We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. (Ro 14:1; Ga 6:1; 1Th 5:14)2Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. (1Co 9:19; 1Co 9:22; 1Co 10:24; 1Co 10:33; Php 2:4)3For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” (Ps 69:9; Joh 5:30; Joh 6:38; Php 2:5; Php 2:8)4For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (Ps 119:50; Ro 4:23; 2Ti 3:16)5May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, (Ro 12:16)6that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Joh 20:17; 2Co 1:3; Eph 1:3; Eph 1:17; 1Pe 1:3; Re 1:6)7Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
Christ the Hope of Jews and Gentiles
8For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, (Mt 15:24; Joh 1:11; Ac 3:26; Ro 4:16; 2Co 1:20; Heb 3:1)9and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name.” (2Sa 22:50; Ps 18:49; Ro 3:29)10And again it is said, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.” (De 32:43)11And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples extol him.” (Ps 117:1)12And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles hope.” (Isa 11:1; Isa 11:10; Mt 12:21; Re 5:5; Re 22:16)13May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Ro 5:1; Ro 14:17)
Paul the Minister to the Gentiles
14I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. (1Co 1:5; 1Co 8:1; 1Co 8:7; 1Co 8:10; 1Co 12:8; 1Co 13:2; 2Pe 1:12; 2Pe 3:1; 1Jo 2:21)15But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God (Ro 1:5)16to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. (Isa 66:20; Mal 1:11; Ro 11:13; Php 2:17)17In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God. (Php 3:3; Heb 2:17; Heb 5:1)18For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, (Ac 15:12; Ac 21:19; Ro 1:5; Ga 2:8)19by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ; (Ac 19:11; Ac 20:1; Ac 22:17; 2Co 12:12)20and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation, (2Co 10:13; 2Co 10:15)21but as it is written, “Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.” (Isa 52:15)
Paul’s Plan to Visit Rome
22This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you. (Ro 1:13; 1Th 2:18)23But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years to come to you, (Ac 19:21; Ro 1:10; Ro 15:29; Ro 15:32)24I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be helped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a while. (Ac 15:3; Ro 15:28)25At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem bringing aid to the saints. (Ac 19:21; Ac 20:22; Ac 21:15; Ac 24:17; Ro 15:31)26For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem. (1Co 16:1; 2Co 8:1; 2Co 9:2; 2Co 9:13)27For they were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings. (1Co 9:11; Ga 6:6)28When therefore I have completed this and have delivered to them what has been collected, I will leave for Spain by way of you. (Ro 15:24)29I know that when I come to you I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.30I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, (2Co 1:11; Php 2:1; Col 1:8; Col 2:1; Col 4:12; Heb 13:18)31that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, (2Co 8:4; 2Th 3:2; 2Ti 3:11; 2Ti 4:17)32so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company. (1Co 16:18; 2Co 7:13; Phm 1:7; Phm 1:20)33May the God of peace be with you all. Amen. (Ro 16:20; 1Co 14:33; 2Co 13:11; Php 4:9; 1Th 5:23; 2Th 3:16; Heb 13:20)