NASB — Romans 15 — KJV

Self-denial on Behalf of Others

1 Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of athose without strength and not [just] please ourselves. 2 Each of us is to aplease his neighbor Ifor his good, to his bedification. 3 For even aChrist did not please Himself; but as it is written, “bTHE REPROACHES OF THOSE WHO REPROACHED YOU FELL ON ME.” 4 For awhatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5 Now may the aGod Iwho gives perseverance and encouragement grant you bto be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, 6 so that with one accord you may with one Ivoice glorify athe God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

[1] aRo 14:1; Ga 6:2; 1Th 5:14
[2] ILit for what is good to edification a1Co 9:22; 10:24, 33; 2Co 13:9 bRo 14:19; 1Co 10:23; 14:3f, 26; 2Co 12:19; Ep 4:12, 29
[3] a2Co 8:9 bPs 69:9
[4] aRo 4:23f; 2Ti 3:16
[5] ILit of perseverance a2Co 1:3 bRo 12:16
[6] ILit mouth aRv 1:6

7 ¶ Therefore, aaccept one another, just as Christ also accepted Ius to the glory of God. 8 For I say that Christ has become a servant to athe circumcision on behalf of the truth of God to confirm bthe promises [given] to the fathers, 9 and for athe Gentiles to bglorify God for His mercy; as it is written,
  “cTHEREFORE I WILL IGIVE PRAISE TO YOU AMONG THE GENTILES,
  AND I WILL SING TO YOUR NAME.”
10 Again he says,
  “aREJOICE, O GENTILES, WITH HIS PEOPLE.”
11 And again,
  “aPRAISE THE LORD ALL YOU GENTILES,
  AND LET ALL THE PEOPLES PRAISE HIM.”
12 Again Isaiah says,
  “aTHERE SHALL COME bTHE ROOT OF JESSE,
  AND HE WHO ARISES TO RULE OVER THE GENTILES,
  cIN HIM SHALL THE GENTILES HOPE.”
13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all ajoy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope bby the power of the Holy Spirit.

[7] IOne early ms reads you aRo 14:1
[8] aMt 15:24; Ac 3:26 bRo 4:16; 2Co 1:20
[9] IOr confess aRo 3:29; 11:30f bMt 9:8 c2S 22:50; Ps 18:49
[10] aDt 32:43
[11] aPs 117:1
[12] aIs 11:10 bRv 5:5; 22:16 cMt 12:21
[13] aRo 14:17 bRo 15:19; 1Co 2:4; 1Th 1:5

14 ¶ And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of agoodness, filled with ball knowledge and able also to admonish one another. 15 But I have written very boldly to you on some points so as to remind you again, because of athe grace that was given me Ifrom God, 16 to be aa minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the bgospel of God, so that [my] coffering of the Gentiles may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. 17 Therefore in Christ Jesus I have found areason for boasting in bthings pertaining to God. 18 For I will not presume to speak of anything Iexcept what aChrist has accomplished through me, IIresulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed, 19 in the power of Iasigns and wonders, bin the power of the Spirit; so that cfrom Jerusalem and round about as dfar as Illyricum I have IIfully preached the gospel of Christ. 20 And thus I aspired to apreach the gospel, not where Christ was [already] named, bso that I would not build on another man’s foundation; 21 but as it is written,
  “aTHEY WHO HAD NO NEWS OF HIM SHALL SEE,
  AND THEY WHO HAVE NOT HEARD SHALL UNDERSTAND.”

[14] aEp 5:9; 2Th 1:11 b1Co 1:5; 8:1, 7, 10; 12:8; 13:2
[15] IOne early ms reads by God aRo 12:3
[16] aAc 9:15; Ro 11:13 bRo 1:1; 15:19, 20 cRo 12:1; Ep 5:2; Php 2:17
[17] aPhp 3:3 bHe 2:17; 5:1
[18] ILit which Christ has not accomplished IILit to the obedience aAc 15:12; 21:19; Ro 1:5; 2Co 3:5
[19] IOr attesting miracles IILit fulfilled aJn 4:48 bRo 15:13; 1Co 2:4; 1Th 1:5 cAc 22:17-21 dAc 20:1f
[20] aRo 1:15; 10:15; 15:16 b1Co 3:10; 2Co 10:15f
[21] aIs 52:15

22 ¶ For this reason aI have often been prevented from coming to you; 23 but now, with no further place for me in these regions, and since I ahave had for many years a longing to come to you 24 whenever I ago to Spain—for I hope to see you in passing, and to be bhelped on my way there by you, when I have first cenjoyed your company Ifor a while25 but now, aI am going to Jerusalem bserving the Isaints. 26 For aMacedonia and bAchaia have been pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the Isaints in Jerusalem. 27 Yes, they were pleased [to do so], and they are indebted to them. For aif the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual things, they are indebted to minister to them also in material things. 28 Therefore, when I have finished this, and ahave Iput my seal on this fruit of theirs, I will bgo on by way of you to Spain. 29 I know that when aI come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.

[22] aRo 1:13; 1Th 2:18
[23] aAc 19:21; Ro 1:10f; 15:29, 32
[24] ILit in part aRo 15:28 bAc 15:3 cRo 1:12
[25] IOr holy ones aAc 19:21 bAc 24:17
[26] IV 25, note 1 aAc 16:9; 1Co 16:5; 2Co 1:16; 2:13; 7:5; 8:1; 9:2, 4; 11:9; Php 4:15; 1Th 1:7f; 4:10; 1Ti 1:3 bAc 18:12; 19:21
[27] a1Co 9:11
[28] ILit sealed to them this fruit aJn 3:33 bRo 15:24
[29] aAc 19:21; Ro 1:10f; 15:23, 32

30 ¶ Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by athe love of the Spirit, to bstrive together with me in your prayers to God for me, 31 that I may be arescued from those who are disobedient in Judea, and [that] my bservice for Jerusalem may prove acceptable to the Icsaints; 32 so that aI may come to you in joy by bthe will of God and find [refreshing] rest in your company. 33 Now athe God of peace be with you all. Amen.

[30] aGa 5:22; Col 1:8 b2Co 1:11; Col 4:12
[31] IV 25, note 1 a2Co 1:10; 2Th 3:2; 2Ti 3:11; 4:17 bRo 15:25f; 2Co 8:4; 9:1 cAc 9:13, 15
[32] aRo 15:23 bAc 18:21; Ro 1:10
[33] aRo 16:20; 2Co 13:11; Php 4:9; 1Th 5:23; 2Th 3:16; He 13:20


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The strong must bear with the weak.

1 ¶ We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

[1] Ro 4:20; 14:1; 15:3; 1Co 4:10; 9:22; 12:22; 2Co 12:10; Ga 6:1; Ep 6:10; 1Th 5:14; 2Ti 2:1; 1Jn 2:14.

We may not please ourselves,

2 Let every one of us please [his] neighbour for [his] good to edification.

[2] Ro 14:19; 1Co 9:19; 10:24, 33; 11:1; 13:5; Php 2:4; Tit 2:9.

for Christ did not so,

3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. 4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. 5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: 6 That ye may with one mind [and] one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

[3] Ps 40:6; 69:9, 20; 89:50; Mt 10:25; 26:39, 42; Jn 4:34; 5:30; 6:38; 8:29; 12:27; 14:30, 31; 15:10, 24; Php 2:8.
[4] Ps 119:81; Ro 4:23; 5:3; 8:24; 12:12; 1Co 9:9; 10:11; 2Ti 3:16; He 6:10; 10:35; Jm 5:7; 1P 1:13; 2P 1:20.
[5] Ex 34:6; 2Ch 30:12; Ps 86:5; Jr 32:39; Ezk 11:19; Ac 4:32; Ro 12:16; 15:3, 13; 1Co 1:10; 2Co 1:3; 7:6; 13:11; Ep 5:2; Php 1:27; 2:2, 4; 3:16; 4:2; 1P 3:8, 20; 2P 3:9, 15.
[6] Zp 3:9; Zc 13:9; Jn 10:29; 20:17; Ac 4:24, 32; Ro 15:9; 2Co 1:3; 11:31; Ep 1:3; 1P 1:3.

but receive one the other, as Christ did us all,

7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

[7] Mt 10:40; 11:28; Mk 9:37; Lk 9:48; 15:2; Jn 6:37; 13:34; Ro 5:2; 14:1; 15:9; Ep 1:6, 12, 18; 2Th 1:10.

both Jews

8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises [made] unto the fathers:

[8] Ps 98:2; Is 24:15; Mi 7:20; Mt 15:24; 20:28; Lk 1:54, 70; Jn 1:11; 10:16; Ac 3:25; 13:46; Ro 3:3, 26; 9:4, 23; 11:22, 30; 15:16; 1Co 1:12; 10:19, 29; 15:50; 2Co 1:20; Ga 4:4; Ep 2:12; 3:1; 1P 2:9.

and Gentiles.

9 And that the Gentiles might glorify God for [his] mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. 10 And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. 11 And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people. 12 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust. 13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. 14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.

[9] 2S 22:50; Ps 18:49.
[10] Dt 32:43; Ps 66:1; 67:3; 68:32; 97:1; 98:3; 138:4; Is 24:14; 42:10.
[11] Ps 117:1.
[12] Gn 49:10; Ps 2:4; 22:27; 72:8, 17; Is 11:1, 10; 42:1; 49:6; Jr 16:19; 17:5; Dn 2:44; 7:14; Mi 4:1; 5:4; Mt 12:21; 1Co 15:19; Ep 1:12; 2Ti 1:12; 1P 1:21; Rv 5:5; 22:16.
[13] Is 55:12; Jr 14:8; Jol 3:16; Jn 14:1, 27; Ro 5:4; 12:12; 14:17; 15:5; 2Co 9:8; Ga 5:22; Ep 1:2; 5:18; 2Th 2:16; 1Ti 1:1; He 6:11; 1P 1:8.
[14] 1Co 8:1, 7, 10; Php 1:7, 11; Col 1:8; 3:16; 1Th 5:11, 14; 2Ti 1:5; Tit 2:3; Phm 1:21; He 5:12; 6:9; 10:24; 2P 1:5, 12; 1Jn 2:21; Jde 1:20.

Paul excuseth his writing,

15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God, 16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost. 17 I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God. 18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, 19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. 20 Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation: 21 But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand. 22 For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you. 23 But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come unto you; 24 Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you: for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your [company]. 25 But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints. 26 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. 27 It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.

[15] Ro 1:5; 12:3, 6; 1Co 3:10; 15:10; Ga 1:15; 2:9; Ep 3:7; 1Ti 1:11; 4:6; 2Ti 1:6; 2:14; Tit 3:1; He 13:22; 1P 4:10; 5:12; 2P 1:12; 3:1, 15; 1Jn 2:12; 5:13; Jde 1:3.
[16] Is 66:19; Ac 9:15; 13:2; 20:24, 32; 22:21; 26:17; Ro 1:1; 5:5; 8:26; 11:13; 12:1; 15:18, 29; 1Co 3:5; 4:1; 6:19; 2Co 5:20; 8:5; 11:23; Ga 2:7; 3:5; Ep 2:18, 22; 3:1; Php 2:17; 4:18; 1Th 2:2, 9; 5:23; 1Ti 1:11; 2:7; 2Ti 1:11; He 13:16; 1P 1:12; 2:5.
[17] Ro 4:2; 2Co 2:14; 3:4; 7:4; 11:16; 12:1, 11; He 5:1.
[18] Pv 25:14; Mt 28:18; Mk 16:20; Ac 14:27; 15:4, 12; 21:19; 26:20; Ro 1:5; 6:17; 16:26; 1Co 3:6; 2Co 3:1; 6:1; 10:4, 13; 11:31; 12:6; Ga 2:8; Col 3:17; 2Th 2:17; He 5:9; 11:8; Jm 1:22; 1Jn 3:18; Jde 1:9.
[19] Mt 12:28; Ac 1:8; 9:28; 13:4, 14, 51; 14:6, 10, 20, 25; 15:12; 16:6, 18; 17:10, 15; 18:1, 19; 19:1, 11; 20:1, 2, 6, 20; Ro 1:14; 15:24; 1Co 12:4; 2Co 12:12; Ga 3:5; Col 1:25; 2Ti 4:17; He 2:4; 1P 1:12.
[20] 1Co 3:9; 2Co 10:13, 14; Ep 2:20.
[21] Is 52:15; 65:1.
[22] Ro 1:13; 1Th 2:17.
[23] Ro 1:10; 15:32; 1Th 3:10; 2Ti 1:4.
[24] Ac 15:3; 19:21; 21:5; Ro 1:12; 15:28, 32; 1Co 16:5; 2Co 1:16; 3Jn 1:6.
[25] Ac 18:21; 19:21; 20:16, 22; 24:17; Ro 15:26; 1Co 16:1; Ga 2:10.
[26] Pv 14:21, 31; 17:5; Zc 11:7, 11; Mt 25:40; 26:11; Lk 6:20; 14:13; Ac 11:27; 1Co 16:15; 2Co 8:1; 9:12; Ga 6:6; Phm 1:5; Jm 2:5.
[27] Ro 11:17; 1Co 9:11; Ga 6:6; Phm 1:19.

and promiseth to see them,

28 When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain. 29 And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.

[28] Pv 19:21; Lm 3:37; Ro 15:24; Php 4:17; Col 1:6; Jm 4:13.
[29] Ps 16:11; Ezk 34:26; Ro 1:11; Ep 1:3; 3:8, 19; 4:13.

and requesteth their prayers.

30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in [your] prayers to God for me; 31 That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which [I have] for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints; 32 That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed. 33 Now the God of peace [be] with you all. Amen.

[30] Gn 32:24; Ps 143:10; 2Co 1:11; 4:5, 11; 12:10; Ep 6:19; Php 2:1; Col 2:1; 4:12; 1Th 5:25; 2Th 3:1; 1Ti 6:13; 2Ti 4:1.
[31] Ac 21:17, 27; 22:24; 23:12; 24:1; 25:2, 24; Ro 15:25; 2Co 8:4; 9:1; 1Th 2:15; 2Th 3:2.
[32] Pv 25:13; Ac 18:21; 27:1, 41; 28:15, 30; Ro 1:10; 15:23; 1Co 4:19; 16:18; 2Co 7:13; Php 1:12; 1Th 3:6; 2Ti 1:16; Phm 1:7, 20; Jm 4:15.
[33] Ru 2:4; Mt 1:23; 28:20; Ro 16:20, 24; 1Co 14:33; 2Co 5:19; 13:11, 14; Php 4:9; 1Th 5:23; 2Th 3:16; 2Ti 4:22; He 13:20.


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