Romans 15

The Example of Christ

1 We a then who are strong ought to bear with the 1 scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 b Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to 2 edification. 3 c For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, d "The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me." 3 4 For e whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the 4 patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. 5 f Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, 6 that you may g with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore h receive one another, just i as Christ also received 5 us, to the glory of God.

Christ the Hope of Jews and Gentiles

8 Now I say that j Jesus Christ has become a 6 servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, k to confirm the promises made to the fathers,

9 and l that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written:
m "For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles,
And sing to Your name." 7

10 And again he says:
n "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people!" 8

11 And again:
o "Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles!
Laud Him, all you peoples!" 9

12 And again, Isaiah says:
p "There shall be a root of Jesse;
And He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles,
In Him the Gentiles shall hope." 10

13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all q joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Paul the Minister to the Gentiles

14 Now r I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, s filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish 11 one another. 15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more boldly to you on some points, as reminding you, t because of the grace given to me by God, 16 that u I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the v offering 12 of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. 17 Therefore I have reason to glory in Christ Jesus w in the things which pertain to God. 18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things x which Christ has not accomplished through me, in word and deed, y to make the Gentiles obedient - 19 z in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. 20 And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, a lest I should build on another man's foundation,

21 but as it is written:
b "To whom He was not announced, they shall see;
And those who have not heard shall understand." 13

Paul's Plan to Visit Rome

22 For this reason c I also have been much hindered from coming to you. 23 But now no longer having a place in these parts, and d having a great desire these many years to come to you, 24 whenever I journey to Spain, 14 I shall come to you. For I hope to see you on my journey, e and to be helped on my way there by you, if first I may f enjoy your company for a while. 25 But now g I am going to Jerusalem to 15 minister to the saints. 26 For h it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem. 27 It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For i if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, j their duty is also to minister to them in material things. 28 Therefore, when I have performed this and have sealed to them k this fruit, I shall go by way of you to Spain. 29 l But I know that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing 16 of the gospel of Christ.

30 Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and m through the love of the Spirit, n that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me, 31 o that I may be delivered from those in Judea who 17 do not believe, and that p my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32 q that I may come to you with joy r by the will of God, and may s be refreshed together with you. 33 Now t the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

  1. Cross References
    Romans 14:1
    Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things.
    Galatians 6:1
    Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.
    Galatians 6:2
    Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
    1 Thessalonians 5:14
    Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.
  2. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 9:22
    To the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
    1 Corinthians 10:24
    Let no one seek his own, but each one the other's well-being.
    1 Corinthians 10:33
    Just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
    2 Corinthians 13:9
    For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. And this also we pray, that you may be made complete.
  3. Cross References
    Matthew 26:39
    He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, "O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.
    Philippians 2:5 - 8
    Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 69:9
    Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up, And the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.
  5. Cross References
    Romans 4:23
    Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him.
    Romans 4:24
    But also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead.
    1 Corinthians 10:11
    Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
    2 Timothy 3:16
    All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
    2 Timothy 3:17
    That the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
  6. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 1:10
    Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
    Philippians 1:27
    Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.
  7. Cross References
    Acts 4:24
    So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: "Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them.
  8. Cross References
    Romans 14:1
    Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things.
    Romans 14:3
    Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him.
  9. Cross References
    Romans 5:2
    Through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
  10. Cross References
    Matthew 15:24
    But He answered and said, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
    Acts 3:26
    "To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities."
  11. Cross References
    Romans 4:16
    Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all
    2 Corinthians 1:20
    For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
  12. Cross References
    John 10:16
    And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.
  13. Cross References
    2 Samuel 22:50
    Therefore I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the Gentiles, And sing praises to Your name.
    Psalms 18:49
    Therefore I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the Gentiles, And sing praises to Your name.
  14. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:43
    "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people; For He will avenge the blood of His servants, And render vengeance to His adversaries; He will provide atonement for His land and His people."
  15. Cross References
    Psalms 117:1
    Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples!
  16. Cross References
    Isaiah 11:1
    There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
    Isaiah 11:10
    "And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people; For the Gentiles shall seek Him, And His resting place shall be glorious."
  17. Cross References
    Romans 12:12
    Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.
    Romans 14:17
    For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
  18. Cross References
    2 Peter 1:12
    For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth.
  19. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 1:5
    That you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge.
    1 Corinthians 8:1
    Now concerning things offered to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.
    1 Corinthians 8:7
    However, there is not in everyone that knowledge; for some, with consciousness of the idol, until now eat it as a thing offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.
    1 Corinthians 8:10
    For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol's temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols?
  20. Cross References
    Romans 1:5
    Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name.
    Romans 12:3
    For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
  21. Cross References
    Acts 9:15
    But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.
    Romans 11:13
    For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry.
  22. Cross References
    Isaiah 66:20
    Then they shall bring all your brethren for an offering to the LORD out of all nations, on horses and in chariots and in litters, on mules and on camels, to My holy mountain Jerusalem," says the LORD, "as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD.
  23. Cross References
    Hebrews 2:17
    Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
    Hebrews 5:1
    For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins.
  24. Cross References
    Acts 15:12
    Then all the multitude kept silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring how many miracles and wonders God had worked through them among the Gentiles.
    Acts 21:19
    When he had greeted them, he told in detail those things which God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.
    2 Corinthians 3:5
    Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God.
    Galatians 2:8
    (for He who worked effectively in Peter for the apostleship to the circumcised also worked effectively in me toward the Gentiles).
  25. Cross References
    Romans 1:5
    Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name.
  26. Cross References
    Acts 19:11
    Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul.
  27. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 3:10
    According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.
    2 Corinthians 10:13
    We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us - a sphere which especially includes you.
    2 Corinthians 10:15
    Not boasting of things beyond measure, that is, in other men's labors, but having hope, that as your faith is increased, we shall be greatly enlarged by you in our sphere.
    2 Corinthians 10:16
    To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's sphere of accomplishment.
  28. Cross References
    Isaiah 52:15
    So shall He sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths at Him; For what had not been told them they shall see, And what they had not heard they shall consider.
  29. Cross References
    Romans 1:13
    Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles.
    1 Thessalonians 2:17
    But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavored more eagerly to see your face with great desire.
    1 Thessalonians 2:18
    Therefore we wanted to come to you - even I, Paul, time and again - but Satan hindered us.
  30. Cross References
    Acts 19:21
    When these things were accomplished, Paul purposed in the Spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, "After I have been there, I must also see Rome.
    Acts 23:11
    But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, "Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.
    Romans 1:10
    Making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you.
    Romans 1:11
    For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established -
  31. Cross References
    Acts 15:3
    So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, describing the conversion of the Gentiles; and they caused great joy to all the brethren.
  32. Cross References
    Romans 1:12
    That is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.
  33. Cross References
    Acts 19:21
    When these things were accomplished, Paul purposed in the Spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, "After I have been there, I must also see Rome.
  34. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 16:1
    Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also:
    2 Corinthians 8:1 - 15
    Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia:
  35. Cross References
    Romans 11:17
    And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree.
  36. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 9:11
    If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things?
  37. Cross References
    Philippians 4:17
    Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account.
  38. Cross References
    Romans 1:11
    For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established -
  39. Cross References
    Philippians 2:1
    Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy.
  40. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 1:11
    You also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the gift granted to us through many.
    Colossians 4:12
    Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
  41. Cross References
    2 Timothy 3:11
    Persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra - what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me.
    2 Timothy 4:17
    But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
  42. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 8:4
    Imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.
  43. Cross References
    Romans 1:10
    Making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you.
  44. Cross References
    Acts 18:21
    But took leave of them, saying, "I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem; but I will return again to you, God willing." And he sailed from Ephesus.
  45. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 16:18
    For they refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge such men.
  46. Cross References
    Romans 16:20
    And the God of peace will crush Satan under you...
    1 Corinthians 14:33
    For God is not the author of confusion but of p...
    2 Corinthians 13:11
    Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. B...
    Philippians 4:9
    The things which you learned and received and h...
    1 Thessalonians 5:23
    Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you c...
    2 Thessalonians 3:16
    Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peac...
    Hebrews 13:20
    Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lor...
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