Letter to the Romans

Letter to the Romans

Chapter 1

1 I am Paul, and I became a slave of Jesus Christ. God gave me a calling and made me an apostle. He chose me to preach the Good News about God.
2 Long ago God promised to fulfill what He said through His prophets. God spoke about the Good News, and the prophets wrote it down in the holy Scriptures.
3 I preach the Good News about the Son of God. The Son of God was born in the human body and became the descendant of King David.
4 But when Christ died, God resurrected Him by the power of the Holy Spirit. This showed that our Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
5 Through Christ we received grace and apostleship. In the name of Jesus we bring faith to all the nations, and they obey God.
6 Jesus Christ called you to Himself from these nations.
7 I write to everyone who lives in Rome. God loved you, called you to Himself, and made you holy. Receive grace and peace from our God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
8 First of all, in the name of Jesus Christ I want to thank my God for all of you. You believe in Jesus and spread your faith through all the world.
9 When I preach the Good News about the Son of God, I serve God with my spirit. And God knows that I remember you and constantly pray for you.
10 I want to visit you, but I always pray and ask God about His plans.
11 I want to give you a spiritual gift which will strengthen you. So I would like to see you very much.
12 When we meet, my faith will make you strong, and your faith will make me strong.
13 Brothers, you should know that I planned to visit you many times. But until now I faced some obstacles. I have seen the results of my work among other nations. And I would like to influence you also.
14 I must preach to the civilized Gentiles, the wild tribes, the educated, and the uneducated people.
15 So I want very much to bring the Good News about Christ to you also who live in Rome.
16 I am not afraid to preach the Good News about Christ. When I preach this News then God works by His power. And the power of God saves everyone who believes in Jesus. First, it refers to the Jews, but it also refers to the Gentiles.
17 The one who will believe in the Good News about Christ will receive the righteousness of God. God’s righteousness comes from faith. And a person remains righteous as long as he believes. And the Scriptures say, “The righteous person believes in God. The righteous person lives for God.” (Habakkuk 2:4)
18 Godless people do evil. They silence the voice of the truth with their evil deeds. God is getting angry from heaven at people’s unbelief and at all their wicked deeds.
19 People can understand who God is because God clearly showed to people how they can learn about Him.
20 God created this world. People look at God’s creation, and creation clearly speaks about the invisible God, His eternal power, and His character. So no one can say that he did not know about the existence of God.
21 People understood that God exists and that He is worthy of glory. But they did not glorify God and did not give thanks to Him. People thought about stupid things, and darkness filled their stupid hearts.
22 People claimed that they became wise, but they became insane.
23 People did not glorify the immortal God, but they made an image of Him as a mortal man. They made idols in the form of birds, animals and snakes.
24 And God turned away from the people. People filled their hearts with lustful desires and became corrupt. They did shameful things with their bodies.
25 God created this world, and He is worthy of eternal glory. Amen. But people replaced the truth of God with a lie. They worshiped and served the creation instead of the Creator.
26 That is why God turned away from the people, and they filled themselves with shameful desires. Women replaced natural relationships with men for unnatural relationships.
27 Men did the same. They refused to have natural relationships with women. Men burned with lustful desires for each other and made perverted relationships. They are wrong, and within themselves they must receive the punishment which they deserve.
28 People did not want to know God. That is why God turned away from the people. People thought about sexual impurity and did what was forbidden to do.
29 People fill themselves with various kind of sins. They take part in sexual immorality. They are evil and greedy. They hate and envy. They kill and quarrel with one another. They cheat and rejoice when another person faces trouble.
30 These people spread gossip and false accusations. They hate God, and they are cruel to others. They boast and put themselves above one another. They make evil plans and do not obey their parents.
31 These people do stupid things and break their promises. They love no one, they are hostile and don’t have pity on anyone.
32 Such people know that God judges with justice. They know that the person who does these things deserves death. But they do these things anyway. They approve of those who behaves the same way they do.

Chapter 2

1 You will have no excuse when you condemn another person. You judge someone, but you sin the same way he does. So when you condemn another person, you condemn yourself.
2 We know that God will judge with justice all who do evil deeds.
3 You judge other people, but you sin the same way they do. Do you think that you will escape the judgment of God?
4 Do not despise the great kindness of God. Do not despise when God forgives you and shows you His great patience. Don’t you understand that God’s kindness leads you to repentance?
5 But you become stubborn, and you do not repent of your sin in your heart. You store up the wrath of God for yourself. God will show His wrath on the day when He will judge you with justice.
6 On the day of judgment each person will receive from God what he deserved by his deeds.
7 God will give eternal life to the person who patiently does good things and glorifies God. Such a person honors God and makes every effort to enter eternity.
8 But if a person behaves selfishly, does not obey the truth, and does evil deeds then God will pour out His wrath and anger on him.
9 If a person does evil then his soul will suffer, and he will live in difficult circumstances. First, it refers to the Jews, but it also refers to the Gentiles.
10 But a person who does good things will see the glory of God. People will respect him, and he will live in peace. First, it refers to the Jews, but it also refers to the Gentiles.
11 God treats all people with justice.
12 The Gentiles did not have the Law of Moses. So God will not judge the Gentiles according to the Law. But the Gentiles sinned, so they will perish. The Jews had the Law of Moses. But they sinned and broke the Law. And God will judge the Jews according to the Law of Moses.
13 If a person listens to the Law, but he sins then God will judge such a person. God will only make righteous the one who keeps the Law of Moses.
14 The Gentiles who believed in Jesus do not have the Law of Moses. But they naturally do what the Law says. They know the Law from inside.
15 God wrote His Law in the hearts of the Gentiles who believed in Jesus. The Gentiles show that the Law works in their hearts. That is why their conscience tells them if they do right things or not. In one situation, their thoughts accuse them, and in another situation, their thoughts confirm that they are doing right.
16 I preach the Good News about Christ. And I say that the day will come when God will judge the secret deeds of people through Jesus Christ.
17 You call yourself a Jew. You comfort yourself that you know the Law of Moses. And you boast about your faith in God.
18 You know what God wants to do. You understood what the Law teaches about, and you know how to do the right things.
19 You are sure that you can lead the blind. You are convinced that you became a light for those who live in the darkness.
20 You think you can correct the fools. You are sure that you can teach the immature people. And you say that the Law has the knowledge and truth in itself.
21 But how is it possible? You teach others, but you do not teach yourself.
22 You preach, “Do not steal.” But you steal. You say, “Do not cheat on your spouse.” But you sleep with others. You hate idols, but you rob the temples of the Gentiles.
23 You are proud that you know the Law of Moses. But you break the Law and bring shame on God.
24 The Scriptures say, “The Gentiles curse the name of God because of you.”
25 Circumcision makes sense if you keep the Law of Moses. But if you break the Law then circumcision loses its meaning. And you become the same as an uncircumcised person.
26 Suppose that an uncircumcised person keeps the requirements of the Law. In such a case, God will treat him as a circumcised person.
27 You are a circumcised Jew. You know the Scriptures, but you break the Law of Moses. The Gentiles do not practice circumcision. But if an uncircumcised Gentile keeps the Law then he will condemn you, who is a circumcised Jew.
28 You will not become a Jew because you were born into a Jewish family. You will not do a true circumcision if you cut your body from outside.
29 A person will not change his heart if he follows what is written in the Law letter by letter. A person becomes a Jew when he changes from inside. The Holy Spirit does the true circumcision, and it happens in the heart. God will praise such a person, not people.

Chapter 3

1 What is so special about the Jewish nation? And what is the meaning of circumcision?
2 The Jews are very different from other nations in every way. But the biggest difference is that God entrusted His Word to the Jews.
3 Yes, some Jews stopped believing in God. But can their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God?
4 Of course not. Every human lies, but God speaks the truth. The Scriptures say, “You speak the words of justice. You will judge, and You will win. ”
5 But some people say, “It is unfair when God gets angry with us because of our sins. The more we sin, the more righteous God looks.” What to say in response?
6 Of course, this is just when God gets angry with people because of their sins. God will judge the world.
7 But someone might argue, “When I behave dishonestly then it makes the truth of God more obvious. I sin, but it brings glory to God. So God should not judge me for my sins.”
8 Such people say, “We will do evil because evil turns into good.” They make false accusations against us and say that we teach others to live this way. But God will judge such people with justice.
9 We are the Jews. But are we better than the Gentiles? Of course not. We already proved that all the Jews and all the Gentiles are under the power of sin.
10 The Scriptures say, “No one is righteous. Not even one.
11 No one has understanding. No one seeks God.
12 All people turned away from God, and all people became useless. No one does good. Not a single one.
13 Their mouth is open like a grave. They tell lies. Their words are as dangerous as the poison of a snake.
14 They speak curses and offend one another with bitter words.
15 They are ready to kill one another.
16 They ruin everything on their way and bring misery.
17 They do not know how to live peacefully with other people.
18 And they are not afraid of God at all.”
19 God gave His Law to the Jews. And we know that the Jews live under the power of the Law of Moses. But when the Law speaks then every person is silent. He can say nothing to justify himself. The whole world becomes guilty before God.
20 God does not give His righteousness to the one who keeps the Law of Moses. All people break the Law, and that is why they understand what sin is.
21 But now God sets us free from keeping the Law of Moses. God gives us His righteousness, and the Law and the prophets spoke about that righteousness.
22 The righteousness of God belongs to everyone who believes in Jesus Christ. There is no difference between the Jews and the Gentiles.
23 Every person sinned, and no one can come close to the glory of God.
24 But God gave us His righteousness by His grace. With His blood Christ paid for our freedom from sin.
25 God decided in advance that Jesus would become a sacrifice for sin and pay for our sins with His blood. The blood of Jesus cleanses from sin the one who believes in Him. And through the sacrifice of Christ God manifested His righteousness. God forgave the sins which people committed in the past.
26 At that time God showed great patience. And at the present time He shows His righteousness through Christ. God is righteous. And He gives His righteousness to the one who believes in Jesus.
27 Can we boast that we kept the Law of Moses, and that is why God gave us His righteousness? No, this is impossible. Now we say with joy that we live by the law of faith.
28 We conclude that God gives His righteousness to a person because he believes in Jesus, and not because the person keeps the Law of Moses.
29 Did God create only the Jewish nation? No, God created all the nations.
30 If a circumcised Jew believes in Jesus then God will give him His righteousness. And the same God will give His righteousness to an uncircumcised Gentile if the Gentile believes in Jesus.
31 Does it mean that when we believe in Christ then we nullify the Law of Moses? Of course not. Through faith a person receives the righteousness of God and the Law spoke about that righteousness.

Chapter 4

1 What should we say about our father Abraham? Suppose that Abraham earned his righteousness by his actions.
2 In this case, Abraham could boast about his deeds. After all, he himself earned his righteousness, and he does not need the righteousness of God.
3 But what do the Scriptures say? Abraham believed God. God saw his faith and gave Abraham His righteousness as a gift.
4 When a person works then he gets paid for his work. He deserves his reward, and he does not receive it as a gift.
5 A sinner cannot earn his righteousness. But if he believes in God then God will set him free him from his sin. God will see the faith of the sinner and give him His righteousness as a gift.
6 King David also says how blessed is a person to whom God gives His righteousness, although the person did not deserve it by his deeds,
7 “Blessed is the person to whom God forgives his wicked deeds and removes his sins.
8 Blessed is the person when God takes away the guilt of sin from him.”
9 To whom does God give this blessing? To the circumcised Jew or to the uncircumcised Gentile? We say that Abraham believed God. God saw his faith and gave Abraham His righteousness.
10 When did God give His righteousness to Abraham? Before or after his circumcision? God gave Abraham His righteousness before Abraham did circumcision.
11 And through circumcision God confirmed that He already gave His righteousness to Abraham. The circumcision became the seal of righteousness which God set on his body. But Abraham believed God before his circumcision. That is why Abraham became the father of all believers who did not do the circumcision. God can see their faith, and He gives them His righteousness.
12 Abraham also became the father of all who did circumcision. But the circumcised Jews must follow in the footsteps of Abraham. They must believe the same way Abraham believed before his circumcision.
13 God gave Abraham His righteousness through faith. God promised to Abraham and his descendants that He would give them the whole world as their inheritance. Abraham received this promise through faith, and not on the basis of the Law of Moses.
14 Suppose that God will give His inheritance to those who keep the Law of Moses. In this case, faith is not needed. And God has to cancel the promise which Abraham received through faith.
15 God is getting angry with people because they break the Law. But if there is no Law then there is no guilt for sin.
16 We receive the promise of God through faith. God does it by His grace. The promise expands to all descendants of Abraham who believe the same way Abraham believed. And it doesn’t matter if a person lives according to the Law of Moses or not. Abraham became the father of all who believe.
17 The Scriptures say about Abraham, “I made you the father of many nations.” Abraham stood in the presence of God and believed that God brings the dead back to life. Abraham believed that God speaks of nonexistent things as if they already exist.
18 God said, “Abraham, you will have many descendants.” And when there was no hope left, Abraham continued to hope and believe. That is why he became the father of many nations.
19 Abraham’s faith did not not get weak, although Abraham was almost 100 years old. By this time his body became old, but he did not think of it. Sarah also grew old, and she could no longer get pregnant. But Abraham did not think of it.
20 Abraham had no doubt that God would fulfill His promise. He did not allow disbelief. He glorified God and made his faith stronger.
21 Abraham was fully convinced that God was able to do what He promised.
22 That is why God gave Abraham His righteousness.
23 The Scriptures say, “God saw Abraham’s faith and gave him His righteousness.” But it was not written about Abraham only.
24 The Scriptures also speak of all the believers. We believe in God who resurrected our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. God can see our faith, and He gives us His righteousness.
25 Jesus became a sacrifice for our sins. But God resurrected Christ so that we could receive God’s righteousness.

Chapter 5

1 Through faith we received God’s righteousness and reconciled to God. It happened because of what our Lord Jesus Christ did.
2 We live in the grace which we received through faith in Jesus. Grace brings us joy and gives us the confidence that we will enter into the glory of God.
3 We rejoice even when we go through sufferings. We know that trials make us patient.
4 And patience develops a strong character. A person of a strong character trusts in God completely.
5 And he who trusts in God will never be disappointed. Remember that God loved us. He gave us the Holy Spirit, and God’s love filled our hearts.
6 We sinned, and we were desperate. But God appointed a certain time, and Christ died for us.
7 It is unlikely that someone will give away his life for another person, even if this is a good person. Maybe someone dares to die for the one who did to him a lot of good things.
8 But Christ died for us at the time when we lived in sin. And this way God proved how much He loves us.
9 The blood of Christ cleansed us from sin, and God gave us His righteousness. So now we are completely confident that Christ will save us from God’s wrath.
10 The Son of God died, and His death reconciled us to God, though at that time we were hostile to God. But now we ourselves reconciled to God. And we are completely confident that Christ gave us life, and He will save us from death.
11 But even now we are rejoicing in God because through our Lord Jesus Christ we received peace with God.
12 Adam sinned, and through one person sin came into the world. That is why because of Adam, all people began to sin. And through the sin of one person, death came into this world. That is why because of Adam, all people began to die.
13 People sinned even before God gave the Law through Moses. But there was no guilt for sin because at that time there was no Law.
14 And people could not break God’s command, as Adam did. But from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, people were dying. And death ruled over the world. And as Adam brought death to all people, so Christ brought life to all people.
15 God gave us His grace. The grace of God and the sin of Adam brought opposite results. Adam sinned, and because of one person a multitude of people died. But God gave His grace as a gift to Jesus Christ. And through one Person a multitude of people received God’s grace and righteousness in abundance. Grace and righteousness are much more powerful than sin.
16 The gift of righteousness through Christ and the sin of Adam brought different consequences. God condemned Adam for one sin, and one person made all humanity guilty. But through Christ God gave His grace as a gift. He delivered people from a multitude of sins, and by grace God gave His righteousness to people.
17 Adam sinned, and because of one person death reigned in the world. But we received abundant grace and the gift of righteousness through Jesus Christ. And through one Person we will reign in life. Christ brought life, and it has much greater power than death.
18 Adam sinned, and one person made all people guilty of sin. But Christ acted righteously. And one Person set all people free from sin. He gave righteousness and life to all people.
19 Adam did not obey God, and because of one person a multitude of people became sinners. But Christ obeyed God. And through one Person a multitude of people will become righteous.
20 Adam sinned, and later God gave the Law through Moses. People broke the Law and understood how many sins they do. People sinned more and more, and then God gave His grace in a great abundance.
21 Sin ruled over all people and brought them death. But now grace rules through the righteousness of God. And grace brought us the eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Chapter 6

1 But some people say, “If we continue to sin then God will give us more and more of His grace.” But of course, this is not true.
2 Our sinful nature died. How can we continue to live in sin?
3 We all were baptized. You know that baptism united us with Jesus Christ and with His death.
4 During baptism we went under the water. It means that we buried ourselves together with Christ. Baptism united us with the death of Christ. But God the Father showed His glory and raised Christ from the dead. During baptism we also rose from the water. It means that we got resurrected together with Christ, and now we live a new life.
5 Baptism united us with the death of Christ. And, of course, baptism united us with the resurrection of Christ.
6 We received freedom from sin which lived in our body. Now we do not submit to sin like slaves. We know that together with Christ we crucified the old sinful nature of our inner person.
7 A dead person cannot sin, he received freedom from sin.
8 We died with Christ. And we believe that we will also live with Christ.
9 We know that Christ rose from the dead, and He will never die. Death lost its power over Him.
10 Christ died once and gave us freedom from sin. Now Christ lives, and His life belongs to God.
11 So think of yourselves as of a free person who died for sin. Now you live for God, and your life belongs to our Lord Jesus Christ.
12 Sin must not reign in your mortal body. Do not submit to sin when it brings you lustful desires.
13 Do not give your body into the power of sin. If you sin then your body becomes a weapon which serves evil. In the past your sins made you dead, but now you came back from the dead. So give your life to God and make your body a weapon which serves righteousness.
14 God set you free you from keeping the Law of Moses, and He gave you grace. That is why sin should not rule over you.
15 We do not live according to the Law of Moses, we live by grace. But living in grace does not mean that we can live in sin.
16 Don’t you understand? You become slaves to the things which you obey. If you submit to sin then you become slaves to sin. And sin will kill you. And if you obey God then you become slaves of righteousness. And righteousness will give you life.
17 You used to live in the slavery of sin. But now you follow our example. You obeyed the teachings of Christ with all your heart, and we thank God for you.
18 Now you are free from the slavery of sin and became slaves of righteousness.
19 I will give you an example from your life when you lived in sin. At that time you gave your bodies into the slavery of immorality and evil. And you did evil deeds. The same way now give your bodies into slavery of righteousness. And do holy deeds.
20 When you were slaves of sin, you were free from righteousness.
21 Your evil deeds produced evil fruits. You did such things which make you feel ashamed now. Your evil actions led you to death.
22 But now you became the slaves of God and became free from sin. You do good deeds and produce the fruits of holiness. And holiness leads you to the eternal life.
23 Death is the punishment for sin. But the eternal life is a gift of God. And this eternal life is in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Chapter 7

1 Brothers, I speak to those who know the Law of Moses. The Law has power over a person as long as he lives.
2 When a woman gets married then the Law of Moses binds her with her husband. But if her husband dies then according to the Law she becomes free from the marriage.
3 If she marries another man while her husband is still alive then she will become unfaithful, and she will be guilty in adultery. But if her husband dies then according to the Law she becomes free from the marriage. And she will not become unfaithful if she marries a second time.
4 Brothers, this is what I mean. When Christ died on the cross then you died with Christ. And the Law has no power over a dead person. Now you do not belong to the Law of Moses. You belong to Christ whom God raised from the dead. So you should do good deeds, and you will produce the fruits which will please God.
5 In the past we thought of sin and submitted to our sinful nature. And at that time our sinful habits worked in our body. The Law of Moses pointed out the sins we did. And in our lives our sinful habits produced the fruits which brought us death.
6 We used to keep the Law of Moses. But now we died to the Law and received freedom from the Law. In the past letter by letter we followed what Moses wrote in the Law, and in this way we served God. But now we do not serve God the old way. God gave us the Holy Spirit, and we serve Him the new way.
7 What should we say about sin and the Law of Moses? Did sin come into my life because God gave His Law? Of course not. But the Law pointed out my sins, and I understood what sin is. Suppose, the Law says nothing about envy. In this case, I would not even understand that it is wrong to envy.
8 But when I heard God’s commandment then I realized that I sin. And sin woke up all kind of envious desires in me. But if there is no Law then people do not understand that sin lives in them.
9 In the past I lived, and I did not know that the Law exists. But later I got to know the commandment of God. And then I realized that sin lives in me, and my sinful actions kill me.
10 God gave His commandment so that I would live. But the commandment pointed out my sin, and sin brought me death.
11 I heard God’s commandment and realized that when I break it then I sin. But sin deceived me. That is why I thought that it was God’s commandment killing me, not my sin.
12 We know that God gave the Law of Moses that is why the Law is Holy. And each commandment brings holiness, righteousness, and goodness to people.
13 So does it mean that God’s commandment killed me instead of bringing me any good? Of course not. My sinful actions killed me. When I break the commandment, I understand how terrible sin is. Sin used the good commandment and brought me death.
14 We know that the Law speaks of spiritual things. And I was sold into the slavery of sin. I think of sin and submit to my sinful nature.
15 I do not understand myself. I want to do what is right. But on the opposite, I do things which I hate.
16 I agree that God gave His Law which brings good to people. But I do wrong things though I do not want to do them.
17 So what does make me do these actions? Sin lives in me, and sin has more power than I have.
18 I know that sinful nature lives inside of me, and there is nothing good in it. I want to do good, but I have no power to do it.
19 I want to do good, but I do not do good. I do not want to do evil, but I do evil.
20 I do what is wrong though I want to do what is good. It happens because sin lives in me, and sin has more power than I have.
21 The law of sin works inside of me. And when I want to do what is right then it does not change my sinful nature.
22 Brothers, I remind you — I speak to those who know the Law of Moses. When I think of the Law of God then I rejoice.
23 But the law of sin works in my body, and it keeps me in slavery. My sinful nature is at war with good desires in my mind.
24 I am such a miserable person! Who will save me from my mortal body where sin lives?
25 In my mind I want to obey the Law of God. But my sinful nature makes me a slave to sin. I thank God that now He gives us freedom through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Chapter 8

1 Now we belong to Jesus Christ, and God does not make us guilty in sin. So follow the desires of the Holy Spirit. And do not submit to your old sinful nature.
2 The Holy Spirit wrote His Law in our hearts and gave us life. Through Jesus Christ God set us free from the law of sin which brings death.
3 The Law of Moses had no power to change the sinful human nature. That is why God sent His Son to the earth and gave Him a body like a body of a sinful person. God gave His Son for our sins as a sacrifice. The Son of God took our sin on Himself, and God pronounced His judgment on sin.
4 God gave us His righteousness, and the Law of Moses spoke about that righteousness. Now we must follow the desires of the Holy Spirit. We must not submit to our old sinful nature.
5 He who submits to his sinful nature thinks of sin. And he who submits to the Holy Spirit thinks of spiritual things.
6 If a person thinks of sin then he will die. But if a person thinks of spiritual things then he will receive life and peace.
7 The sinful human nature does not obey the Law of God because it is not able to do it. When a person thinks of sin then he becomes hostile to God.
8 So anyone who obeys his sinful nature will not be able to fulfill the plans of God.
9 But now the Spirit of God lives inside of you. So you no longer submit to your sinful nature. You submit to the Spirit of God. But if the Spirit of Christ does not live inside of a person then such a person does not belong to Christ.
10 But Christ lives inside of you. Your body will die because of sin. But your spirit will live because God gave you His righteousness.
11 God raised Jesus from the dead by His Spirit. Now the same Spirit of God lives inside of you. And as God raised Christ, so He will make alive your mortal bodies. God will make it by His Spirit which lives inside of you.
12 Brothers, we do not have to submit to our sinful nature. We must not live in sin.
13 But if you live in sin then you will die. Do not follow the desires of your body. Kill your sinful actions by the power of the Holy Spirit, and you will live.
14 Now you became the sons of God. And the Spirit of God leads all the sons of God.
15 You received the Spirit which made you sons, not slaves. So do not live in fear like slaves. God adopted us, and together with His Spirit we shout loudly to God: “Father, Father!”
16 And the Spirit of God confirms to our spirit that we became the children of God.
17 And children receive inheritance. It means that we became the heirs of God. And together with Christ we will receive God’s inheritance. It also means that we will suffer together with Christ. And together with Christ we will enter into the glory of God.
18 You should understand that now we suffer but the time will come and our sufferings will end. And God will show us His glory which is impossible to compare with our sufferings. Sufferings are temporary, but the glory of God is unlimited.
19 God will reveal to all creation who the sons of God are. And God’s creation eagerly waits for this day.
20 All creation submitted to a meaningless existence and death against its will. Adam sinned and God cursed the earth. But God gave hope to all creation.
21 The day will come when the children of God will receive freedom and enter into the glory of God. And on that day all creation will become free from the slavery of death.
22 We know that until today all creation groans and suffers like a woman during her childbirth pain.
23 And we also suffer. But God gave us His Spirit which became the beginning of our new life. We eagerly wait for the day when God will adopt us and redeem our bodies.
24 God saved us. And He gave us firm hope that we will enter into the glory of God. What is hope? Hope can see what will happen in the future. We expect with full confidence that the day will come, and God will fulfill His promise. And then we will see that our hope came true.
25 When we have complete hope in the invisible promise of God, it makes us patient. And we patiently wait for the the time when God will fulfill what we hope for.
26 And if we become weak or sick then the Holy Spirit helps us. We do not know what we should pray for. But the Spirit asks for us with great power and groans in prayer. And it is impossible to express with human words what the Spirit speaks.
27 God can see the heart of a person. And God knows what the Spirit of God prays for. He prays with great power for His holy people so that the people of God would fulfill what God planned.
28 God gives His calling to people because He wants to reach His goals. And we know that God turns to good everything which happens in the life of a person who loves God.
29 God knew in advance and determined in advance those people who would become like the image of His Son. The Son of God became the firstborn among many brothers.
30 God determined in advance those people whom He would call to Himself. God called them, set them free from sin, and gave them His righteousness. And those people entered into the glory of God.
31 Do you understand what it means? God is on our side. And no one can defeat us.
32 God did not spare His Son and gave His life for the sins of all people. Doesn’t God give us everything else with Christ?
33 God chose us. Who dares blame us? God set us free from sin and gave us His righteousness.
34 Who dares condemn us? Jesus Christ died, but He also rose again. And God seated Christ in heaven. God gave Him a place of honor on the right hand of God where Christ asks for us with great power.
35 We go through troubles and difficult circumstances. People persecute us, we are starving, and we have no clothes. Our lives are in danger, and people can kill us with a sword. But what can separate us from Christ who loves us? The Scriptures says,
36 “Every day people kill us because we believe in You. They treat us like sheep for slaughter.”
37 But we overcome all the sufferings and gain a complete victory because Christ loves us.
38 I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor evil spirits will separate us from God. And no powers can do it neither in the present nor in the future.
39 And no creation in the height or in the depth can separate us from God who loves us. And God showed His love through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Chapter 9

1 I belong to Christ, and I tell you the truth. My conscience and the Holy Spirit confirm that I am not lying.
2 I feel great sadness, and my heart mourns constantly.
3 I want so much that my native Jewish people would turn to Christ. And if I could, I would give away my salvation to my people. And I myself would fall under the curse and would be separated from Christ.
4 God adopted the people of Israel and showed them His glory. God made the Unbreakable Agreements with the Jews and gave them His Law. The Israelites worshiped God, and God gave them His promises.
5 Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are the forefathers of the people of Israel. And in this nation Christ was born in a human body. Christ is God. He reigns over all creation, and He is worthy of eternal glory. Amen.
6 But the Israelites rejected Christ. Does it mean that God did not fulfill His word? Of course not. Israel was a forefather of the people of Israel. But not everyone who was born in the nation of Israel became God’s people.
7 And not all the children of Abraham inherited the promises which God gave to him. But God told Abraham, “Sarah will give birth to Isaac, and your descendants will come from him.”
8 Besides Isaac, Abraham had many children. But they were born because of the desire of man. And they were not the children God spoke about. But through Isaac God fulfilled His promise which He gave to Abraham. Isaac continued his family.
9 And this is a promise which God gave to Abraham, “In a year I will come again, and Sarah will have a son.”
10 God gave the same promise not only to Abraham. Rebekah became Isaac’s wife, and she could not get pregnant like Sarah. But God fulfilled His promise, and Rebekah gave birth to twins. Isaac continued the family of Abraham.
11 God spoke to Rebekah about her sons before they were born. At that time they did not do anything bad or good. God sets His goal in advance and chooses the one who will fulfill His plan.
12 God does not give calling to a person based on his deeds. God told Rebekah before the twins were born, “The eldest son will serve the younger one.”
13 God says in the Scriptures, “I loved Jacob. And I hated Esau.”
14 What should we say? Does God act unjustly? Of course not.
15 God said to Moses, “I decide to whom I will show mercy. I decide to whom I will show compassion.”
16 The mercy of God does not depend on the desires or efforts of man. The mercy of God depends on God Himself.
17 God said in the Scriptures, “Pharaoh, I had a goal so that the whole earth might know My name. That is why I exalted you and showed My power over you.”
18 So if God wants then He will have mercy on a person. And if God wants then He will make person’s heart hard.
19 And you will tell me, “In this case, what is my fault? Can anyone resist what God wants to do?”
20 O man, you are arguing with God. But who are you? Can a created thing say to its creator, “Why did you make me like that?”
21 A potter makes different kinds of jars. Doesn’t he have a right to make from the same piece of clay an expensive vessel and a simple pot for garbage?
22 People filled themselves with impurity. And God wanted to get angry with them and to destroy them like pots for garbage. God had a right to show His power. But He had great patience towards the people whom He was ready to destroy.
23 And at the same time God showed the riches of His glory to other people. These people are like expensive vessels. And to them God showed His mercy. God prepared these people in advance so that they could enter His glory.
24 And we are these people. God called us to Himself. And not only Jews but also Gentiles came to Him.
25 God said about the Gentiles in the Book of the Prophet Hosea, “Those who did not belong to My people now I will call My people. The one which I didn’t love before now I will call my beloved.”
26 In the past God said to the Gentiles, ”You do not belong to My people.” But now at the same place God tells them, “You became the sons of the living God.”
27 And the prophet Isaiah proclaims about the sons of Israel, “There are as many people in Israel as the sand of the sea. But God will save only a small amount of people.
28 The Lord will fulfill His judgment above the earth quickly and finally.”
29 Isaiah also predicted, “The Almighty Lord had mercy on us and left us the descendants who believe in God. Otherwise, we would become like Sodom and Gomorrah.”
30 What should we say? The Gentiles did not make any effort to become righteous. But they believed in Christ, and that is why they received God’s righteousness.
31 But the people of Israel wanted to receive righteousness, and that is why they obeyed the Law of Moses. But through the Law Israel did not receive God’s righteousness.
32 Why? Because people did not make any effort to become righteous through faith in God. People made efforts to become righteous through the works which they did on the basis of the Law of Moses. And Christ became the very stumbling stone which they stumbled upon.
33 God says in the Scriptures, “I set a stumbling stone on the Mountain of Zion. Over this stone people will stumble. Because of this rock people will fall. But whoever believes in Him will not get disappointed.”

Chapter 10

1 Brothers, I pray to God that Israel would receive salvation. And this desire fills my heart.
2 I can confirm that they make efforts to reach God with zeal. But their zeal is based on misunderstanding.
3 The people of Israel do not understand what God’s righteousness is. They make efforts to follow their own righteousness. That is why they reject the righteousness of God.
4 When Christ came then the Law of Moses lost its power. Now God gives His righteousness to the one who believes in Jesus.
5 Moses writes about how to receive righteousness on the basis of the Law, “People must keep the Law. And the person who keeps the Law lives for the Law.”
6 This is what the Scriptures say about the righteousness which a person receives through faith, “You must believe in the Word of God, and it is not in heaven. So do not say in your hearts, “Let Christ go up to heaven and bring us the Word in which we will believe.”
7 The Word of God is not in the deep. So do not say, “Let Christ come down into the world of the dead, come back to life again, and bring us the Word in which we will believe.”
8 But what do the Scriptures say? “The Word of God is near to you. Speak this Word and believe in it in your heart.” And we preach the Word of God which brings faith.
9 Openly say that Jesus became your Lord. Believe in your heart that God raised Christ from the dead. And then you will receive salvation.
10 When we believe in our heart that God raised Christ then God gives us His righteousness. And when we openly say that we submit to the Lord Jesus then God gives us salvation.
11 The Scriptures say, “He who believes in Jesus will not be disappointed.”
12 And there is no difference between Jew and Gentile. We believe in one Lord, and He gives His riches to everyone who calls to Him.
13 Everyone who calls on the name of Jesus and accepts Him as Lord will receive salvation.
14 When a person hears about Christ then faith comes into his heart, and he calls to Jesus. But how can a person know about Christ if no one preaches about Him?
15 God sends people, and they preach about Jesus. The Prophet Isaiah says, “How beautiful are those who go and spread the Good News. They bring peace and kindness.”
16 But not everyone accepted the Good News. The Prophet Isaiah says, “Lord, we preached to them. But who believed in what we spoke about?”
17 When a person hears the Word of God then faith comes into his heart.
18 But I ask, “Didn’t they hear the Word of God?” Of course, they did. The whole earth heard the voice of the preachers. And the whole world heard what they spoke about.
19 I will ask again, “Didn’t Israel know what God spoke about?” Israel knew because in the beginning God said through Moses, “I will make My people jealous of the Gentiles who are not even a nation. And the foolish Gentiles will make My people angry.”
20 And then the prophet Isaiah boldly said on behalf of God, “Those who did not seek Me found Me. I revealed Myself to those who did not ask Me about it.”
21 And about Israel God said through Isaiah, “All day long I stretched my hands out to the disobedient nation who rebelled against Me.”

Chapter 11

1 Then I will ask, “Did God reject His people?” Of course not. I am an Israelite. And I am a descendant of Abraham from the tribe of Benjamin.
2 God did not reject His people. God knew in advance what would happen to His people. Don’t you know what the Scriptures say about the prophet Elijah? Elijah complains to God about Israel and says,
3 “Lord, they killed Your prophets and destroyed the places where they brought sacrifices to You. I am left alone and they are trying to kill me.”
4 What did God answer to Elijah? “I have seven thousand more people who did not kneel down before the idol of Baal.”
5 The same thing happens in our time. God gave the Israelites His grace and chose from them a small amount which remained faithful to God.
6 Grace is a gift of God which is impossible to earn by our deeds. And if we earn something with our deeds then we cannot call it grace.
7 So what happened? Israel wanted to earn grace by their deeds, that is why they did not receive it. But God gave His grace to those whom He chose. And the rest of the people made their hearts hard.
8 The Scriptures say, “God gave them a spirit which put them to sleep. Their eyes became blind, their ears became deaf, and it continues till these days.”
9 King David says, “The table with food will become a snare for them, and they will fall into a trap. They will stumble over a stone, and they will receive what they deserved.
10 Their eyes will become blind and stop seeing. Their backs will never become straight.”
11 And I will ask, “Did Israel stumble, and they will never rise?” Of course, they will rise. Israel left God, that is why now God saves the Gentiles. And it will make Israel seek God with zeal.
12 Israel left God, but it brought riches to the world. Israel lost God, but it enriched the Gentiles. And when Israel receives Christ then complete blessing will come.
13 I became an apostle of the Gentiles. And I tell you, Gentiles, that I value my ministry very much.
14 I want my ministry to the Gentiles to make my own people seek God with zeal. And let at least some of the Israelites receive salvation.
15 Israel rejected Christ, and it brought peace with God to the world. Then what will happen when Israel receives Christ? It will bring life, and it will raise the dead.
16 When the first harvest comes then you make some dough, and you bring the first bread to God. After that God sanctifies the whole dough. God sanctified Abraham that is why his descendants are also sanctified. If the root is holy then the branches are also holy.
17 But some descendants of Abraham broke off like the branches of the olive tree. And you are a Gentile. You are a wild olive tree. And you were grafted in at the place of the broken branches. Now the root nourishes and enriches you. And you receive the same blessings which God promised to give to Abraham and to his descendants.
18 But do not consider yourself better than the branches which broke off the tree. Remember that it is not you who feed the root, but the root feeds you.
19 And someone will say, “But I am grafted in a tree and took the place of the branches which broke off.”
20 Yes, it is true. But remember that the people of Israel did not believe in Jesus that is why they broke off the tree. And you believed in Jesus that is why you were grafted in the tree. Do not be proud of it, but fear God.
21 God did not spare the original branches. And if you lose your faith in Christ then God will not spare you either.
22 You can see God’s kindness and God’s strictness. God strictly treats those who disobey Him. But God shows you His kindness. Do not neglect His kindness, and God will not cut you off like a branch from a tree.
23 God can bring the people of Israel back to Him. And He will do it if Israel believes in Christ.
24 Gentile, God cut you off like a branch from a wild olive tree. And opposite to nature He grafted you in a garden olive tree. And, of course, God will be able to return to Himself the people of Israel who left Him. He will do it like a gardener who grafts broken branches in a tree where they grew before.
25 Brothers, do not think that you are better than the people of Israel. I want to tell you a secret. God decided in advance the number of the Gentiles who would enter His Kingdom. Part of the people of Israel hardened their hearts against Christ. And it will continue till the full number of the Gentiles will turn to Christ.
26 So all Israel will receive salvation. The Scriptures say, “The Redeemer will come from Mount Zion in Jerusalem. And He will turn Israel to God.
27 I will give them freedom from sin and make an Unbreakable Agreement with them.”
28 Israel became hostile to the Good News about Christ. And it brought salvation to you, Gentiles. But God chose Israel. And God continues to love them because He gave His promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob who became the forefathers of the Jewish people.
29 God does not take His gifts away. God does not cancel the calling He gave to a man.
30 Gentiles, before you disobeyed God. But now God had mercy on you. It happened because Israel disobeyed God.
31 And now God gives His mercy to you, Gentiles, but Israel rebels against God. But the time will come, and God will give His mercy to Israel.
32 No one obeyed God. But God will have mercy on everyone, as prisoners receive mercy.
33 O, what great riches, wisdom, and knowledge does God have! God covers all His decisions with such a great mystery! And it is impossible to explain all His ways!
34 Who can understand the thoughts of the Lord? Who can give Him any advice?
35 Can a person make God his debtor? We cannot lend anything to God.
36 God is the source of everything. He supports everything with His power. And everything what God created exists for Him. Let all creation glorify God forever. Amen.

Chapter 12

1 Brothers, God gave us His mercy. And I beg you, give your life to Him. When people bring a sacrifice then they completely dedicate it to God. You also completely dedicate your bodies to Him and live a holy life. Your holy life will bring joy to God, and He will gladly accept such a sacrifice. And then you will understand how to serve Him.
2 Do not behave like the people of this world. But learn to think in a new way, and you will be completely changed. And then you will know God’s plan which will bring you good. You will accept God’s will with joy because it perfectly fits you.
3 God gave me His grace, and I tell each one of you, “Do not think that your ministry is better than others. God gave a measure of faith to everyone so that everyone would do the work of God. That is why you should evaluate yourselves honestly. Your ministry must be according to the faith which God gave you.”
4 The human body has many parts. And every part of the body does its work.
5 The same thing happens in Church. Church is the body of Christ which has many different parts. And all the members of the Body of Christ depend on one another.
6 God gave us His grace, and we received different gifts. If you have a gift of prophecy then prophesy. The prophecy must be according to the faith which God gave you.
7 If you have a gift of ministry then help those who need help. If God gave you a gift of teaching then teach others.
8 If you have a gift to encourage people then make their faith strong. If God gave you a gift, and you can do charity work then do it with generosity. If you have an ability to lead then take your responsibility seriously. If God gave you a gift of compassion then help sincerely those who are in trouble.
9 Love one another sincerely. Hate everything what brings evil and make every effort to do what is good.
10 Love one another like brothers. Build warm relationships with one another like in a family. Appreciate one another and respect the opinion of others.
11 Take your ministry to the Lord seriously. Serve Him in the fire of the Holy Spirit.
12 Be patient when you go through sufferings. Have a confident hope in God, and this hope will bring you joy. Regularly dedicate your time for prayer.
13 Help your brothers and sisters in Christ who are in trouble. Share with them what you have. Be always hospitable.
14 Bless those who persecute you. Bless them, and do not curse them.
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice. And cry with those who cry.
16 Treat one another with understanding. Do not think regarding yourselves that you are better than others. Do not neglect fellowship with people of low position. And do not think that you are wiser than everyone else.
17 Do not do evil to those who did evil to you. But make every effort to do good to all people, and they will respect you for that.
18 Do everything you can to live in peace with all people.
19 God loves you so do not take revenge. But give your situation to God, and He will pour out His anger on your enemies. The Lord says in the Scriptures, “I will take revenge. And a man will receive from Me what he deserves.”
20 So if your enemy is hungry then feed him. If he wants to drink then give him water. If your enemy’s fireplace stops burning then share your burning coals with him. Gather the coals in a bowl so that he could put it on his head and take the coals home.
21 Evil must not overcome you. You will overcome evil if you respond to evil with good.

Chapter 13

1 There is no other higher authority than God. God gives authority to people and establishes the governing authorities which exist in this world. That is why every person must submit to the governing authorities.
2 He who rebels against authorities rebels against the order which God established. And a person who takes part in uprising will receive punishment.
3 A person who does good deeds has no fear of punishment from the government officials. And a person who does evil deeds will live in fear that the authorities will punish him. So how to live without fear of the authorities punishing you? Do good deeds, and you will receive approval from the authorities.
4 Government officials serve God and work for your benefit. And if you do evil then I warn you that God’s servant does not carry his sword in vain. He will get angry and will punish you for your evil deeds.
5 You must do what is right and live according to good conscience. And then you will submit to authorities not only because of the fear of punishment.
6 The authorities constantly fulfill their duties, and this way they serve God. That is why you should behave according to good conscience and pay taxes.
7 Give away everything what you must give away. Pay taxes and fees to those who collect them. Show respect and honor to those whom you should respect and honor.
8 You must have no debt except one. You must always love one another. The one who loves another person kept the Law of Moses.
9 These are the commandments which God gave through Moses, “Do not murder. Do not be unfaithful to your spouse. Do not steal. Do not speak false testimony. Do not envy what others have.” These commandments and the rest of them speak about one commandment, “Love another person as you love yourself.”
10 He who loves does not do harm another person. That is why he who loves keeps the Law of Moses.
11 Treat one another with love. You should understand that the time came when we must wake up spiritually. We believed in Christ, and now we are coming closer to the moment when God saves us.
12 The night is over, and the day will come soon. So stop doing what you did in the darkness. Live in the light and do good deeds. And it will become your weapon against the darkness.
13 We live in the light of the day. So let’s do what is right. Do not live an immoral life and do not get drunk. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality and immoral activities. Do not quarrel and do not envy one another.
14 Put the new nature of God on your inner person. Then you will behave the way our Lord Jesus Christ behaved. And you will not think about how to satisfy the sinful desires of your body.

Chapter 14

1 Have fellowship with those whose faith is weak. And do not quarrel with them over controversial topics.
2 One person believes that you can eat anything. And another one eats only vegetables because his faith is weak.
3 If you eat everything then do not look down at vegetarian. And if you are vegetarian then do not condemn the one who eats everything. Remember that God accepted both of you.
4 Do you think that you have right to condemn someone else’s slave? Only the Lord decides whether His slave is right or wrong. And if His slave is wrong then God is able to correct him.
5 One person thinks that some days are more important than the others. And another person thinks that all days are the same. Let everyone act in accordance with his beliefs.
6 Some people set aside one day and dedicate this day to the Lord. Others believe that there are no special days. And every day they devote to the Lord equally. God accepted people who believe that they can eat anything. And when they eat, they thank God for that. The Lord also accepted people who refuse to eat certain food. And they also thank God for that.
7 We belong to God that is why we do not live for ourselves. And none of us can choose the day of our death.
8 We live to glorify the Lord. And our death must also bring glory to Him. In this life we belong to God. And when we die then we will also belong to Him.
9 This is why Christ died and rose again. Now He rules over the living and the dead.
10 So why do you judge your brother? Why do you despise him? Remember that we all will stand before Christ, and He will judge us.
11 The Lord said in the Scriptures, “I am a living God. Each person will kneel down before Me. Every person will glorify Me and acknowledge that I am God.”
12 So each of us will give report to God for his life.
13 So stop judging one another. Instead, watch for yourself. Behave in such a way that you would not offend other believers and would not provoke them to sin.
14 The Lord Jesus gave me confidence, and I know that no food can make a person unclean. But if a person believes that certain food makes him unclean then for him this food becomes unclean.
15 If your brother is upset about what kind of food you eat, it means that you treat him without love. Do not act in such a way that your eating ruins your brother for whom Christ died.
16 You believe that what you are doing is right. But your correct beliefs should not become a reason why people quarrel with you.
17 We belong to the Kingdom of God. And it is not important what food we eat and what we drink. But it is really important that we act righteously, live in peace with other people, and rejoice in the Holy Spirit.
18 He who does this things serves Christ. Such a person brings joy to God and deserves the respect of people.
19 Make efforts to live peacefully and to make one another’s faith strong.
20 Do not quarrel over the question of eating, do not destroy God’s work. No food can make a person unclean. But if your brother is upset about what kind of food you eat then you are wrong.
21 Do not eat meat and do not drink wine if it makes your brother upset or provokes him to sin. Do not act in such a way that your actions make another person’s faith weak.
22 Do you believe that you are right? Let it be your personal conviction and remain between you and God. Blessed is the man who made his choice and does not feel guilty.
23 If you eat and doubt whether you are doing a right thing then you will feel guilty. You go against your faith. And it means you are sinning.

Chapter 15

1 We became strong. That is why we should patiently endure the weaknesses of those who are weaker than us. We should not care only about our interests.
2 We should take care of one another and do good. And then our faith will become strong.
3 Christ did not live for Himself, Christ lived for God. The Scriptures say, “God, people insulted You, and I took these insults upon Me.”
4 We read the Scriptures which the prophets wrote down for us long ago. All the Scriptures teach us to be patient. The Scriptures encourage us not to loose our hope.
5 God gives us patience and encourages us. He will help you live in agreement with one another and follow the teaching of Jesus Christ.
6 Have the same points of views. And in unity glorify God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7 Christ accepted you so you must also accept one another. And it will bring glory to God.
8 I tell you that Christ ministered to the circumcised Jews to fulfill the promise God made to our fathers — Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And through Christ God showed His truth to the Jews.
9 Christ also ministered to the Gentiles. And God did it because of His mercy so that the Gentiles would glorify God. The Scriptures say, “Lord, I will praise you among the Gentiles. I will sing praise to Your name.”
10 The Scriptures also say, “Gentiles, rejoice with the people of God.”
11 We also read in the Scriptures, “All the Gentiles, praise the Lord. And all the nations, glorify God.”
12 The prophet Isaiah also says, “The Descendant will arise from the family of King David. He will reign over the nations, and the Gentiles will put hope in Him.”
13 God is the source of hope. Trust Him, and He will fill you with all joy and peace. God will enrich you with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
14 Brothers, I am sure that you are kind to one another. You know many things, and you can teach one another.
15 Brothers, I write to you boldly because I want to remind you about the gift which I received from God.
16 By God’s grace I serve Jesus Christ who made me His priest. That is why I spread the Good News among the Gentiles, and the Holy Spirit sanctifies them. As a priest I bring the Gentiles to God, and my ministry brings joy to Him.
17 I belong to Jesus Christ. I serve God, and it makes me joyful.
18 I want to tell you boldly about the work Christ did through me. I preached to the Gentiles about Christ. They believed my words, they saw my deeds. And this way the Gentiles obeyed God.
19 God acted mightily through me. And the power of the Holy Spirit performed miracles and signs. I went everywhere from Jerusalem to Illyricum and spread the Good News about Christ.
20 I did not want to build my ministry on someone else’s foundation. That is why I made every effort to bring the Good News to those places where people heard nothing about the name of Christ.
21 The Scriptures say, “Those who knew nothing about Him will see Him. Those who never heard of Him will know about Him.”
22 Many times I wanted to visit you. But I ministered in the other places, and I could not come to you.
23 For many years I wanted to see you. And now I finished my work at the places where I preached before.
24 I plan my trip to Spain, and on the way I will make a stop at your place in Rome. I hope that I will see you and will spend great time with you. And after that I want you to help me go to Spain.
25 But first I will go to Jerusalem. And I want to minister to the holy people of God there.
26 Believers from Macedonia and Achaia collected an offering for the poor believers who live in Jerusalem.
27 They did it with joy to thank the Jews. In the beginning the Jews shared their spiritual blessings with the Gentiles. And now the Gentiles should minister to the Jews with their material blessings.
28 I will fulfill this task and personally bring their offering to Jerusalem. After that I will go to Spain and make a stop at your place in Rome.
29 When I come to you then I will bring you the Good News about Christ. And I am sure that God will bless you in a full measure.
30 Brothers, the Holy Spirit filled you with love. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ I beg you — make an effort and pray for me to God.
31 Pray that God would deliver me from the unbelievers who live in Judea. Pray also that the holy people of God in Jerusalem would accept my ministry well.
32 And if it is God’s will then after that I will go to you with joy and have some rest at your place.
33 May God give you peace. And may God always be with you. Amen.

Chapter 16

1 I want to introduce our sister Phoebe to you. She lives in the city of Cenchrea and serves as a deacon in the church.
2 You belong to the holy people of God. And I ask you in the name of the Lord, receive her in a worthy manner. She helped me and many other people. That is why you also should help her and provide her with everything she needs.
3 Give my greetings to Priscilla and Aquila with whom we worked together for Jesus Christ.
4 They risked their lives for me, and I thank them for doing that. And all the Gentile churches also thank them for this. Also give my greetings to the church of Priscilla and Aquila which gathers at their home.
5 Give my greetings to our dear brother Epenetus. He was the first one who turned to Christ in Achaia.
6 Greet Mary who did a great job for us.
7 Give my greetings to my relatives Andronicus and Junia who were in prison with me. They believed in Christ before I did, and they are highly respect among the apostles.
8 Greet Brother Ampliatus who became dear to me in the Lord.
9 Give my greetings to Urbanus with whom we worked together for Christ. Also greet our dear brother Stachys.
10 Give my greetings to Apelles who went through trials and showed his faithfulness to Christ. Greet the believers from the family of Aristobulus.
11 Give my greetings to my relative Herodion. Greet those who have turned to the Lord in the family of Narcissus.
12 Give my greetings to Tryphena and Tryphosa who work for the Lord. Greet dear Persis who did a great job for the Lord.
13 Give my greetings to Rufus whom the Lord chose. Greet his mother who became a mother also for me.
14 Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the other brothers who are with them.
15 Give my greetings to the Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, Olympas and all the believers who are with them.
16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches which belong to Christ send you greetings.
17 Brothers, you believe in the teaching of Christ. And I beg you — watch out for people who go against this teaching. Such people bring devisions and provoke others to sin. Stay away from such people.
18 They do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ. They serve their personal interests. They make their speech attractive. They flatter and deceive the hearts of naive people.
19 Everyone knows that you believed in God and obeyed Him. And it brings me joy. But I want you to be wise and to do good. Keep yourselves pure and do not do evil.
20 God is the source of peace. And soon He will crush Satan under your feet. Live in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
21 I work for the Lord together with Timothy, and he sends you greetings. And my relatives Lucius, Jason, and Sosipatre also greet you.
22 I, Tertius, wrote this letter for Paul. I believe in the Lord, and I also greet you.
23 Gaius gladly received me and the whole church into his house. He sends you greetings. Brother Quartus and brother Erastus who is the city financial manager greet you.
24 Live in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
25 I preach the Good News about Jesus Christ. And God can make you strong through this News. God gave me a revelation about His secret which He did not reveal for ages.
26 The prophets predicted in the Scriptures that God would reveal this mystery to people. And now the eternal God commands to tell this secret to all the nations so that they would believe in God and obey Him.
27 And through Jesus Christ we will glorify the only and wise God throughout all the ages. Amen.