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Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the ROMANS. CHAP. I.
the will of God, to come unto Paul's calling commended.
you. AUL a servant of Jesus 11 For I long to see you, that
Christ, called to be an apo- I may impart unto you some stle, separated unto the gospel spiritual gift, to the end you may of God,
be established: 2 Which he had promised
12 That is, that I may be afore by his prophets in the comforted together with you by holy scriptures,
the mutual faith both of you 3 Concerning his Son Jesus and me. Christ our Lord, which was 13 Now I would not have made of the seed of David ac- you ignorant, brethren, that cording to the flesh;
oftentimes I purposed to come 4 And declared to be the Son unto you, (but was let hitherto,) of God with power, according that I might have some fruit to the Spirit of holiness, by the among you also, even as among resurrection from the dead: other Gentiles.
5 By whom we have received 14 I am debtor both to the grace and apostleship for obe- Greeks and to the Barbarians, dience to the faith among all both to the wise and to the nations, for his name:
unwise. 6 Among whom are ye also 15 So, as much as in me is, the called of Jesus Christ :
I am ready to preach the gospel 7 To all that be in Rome, to you that are at Rome also. beloved of God,, called to be 16 For I am not ashamed of saints: Grace to you, and peace, the gospel of Christ: for it is the from God our Father, and the power of God unto salvation to Lord Jesus Christ.
every one that believeth; to the 8 q First, I thank my God Jew first, and also to the Greek. through Jesus Christ for you 17 For therein is the rightall, that your faith is spoken of eousness of God revealed from throughout the whole world. faith to faith: as it is written,
9 For God is my witness, The just shall live by faith. whom I serve with my spirit in 18 For the wrath of God is the gospel of his Son, that with revealed from heaven against all out ceasing I make mention of ungodliness and unrighteousness you always in my prayers; of men, who hold the truth in
10 Making request, if by any unrighteousness: means now at length I might 19 Because that wliich may have a prosperous journey by l be known of God is manifest
The apostle describeth the
corruption of the Gentiles. in them; for God hath shewed and receiving in themselves that it unto them.
recompence of their error which 20 For the invisible things of was meet. him from the creation of the 28 And even as they did not world are clearly seen, being like to retain God in their understood by the things that knowledge, God
God gave them are made, even his eternal power over to a reprobate mind, to and Godhead: so that they are do those things which are not without excuse.
convenient; 21 Because that, when they 29 Being filled with all unknew God, they glorified him righteousness, fornication, wicknot as God, neither were thankedness, covetousness, maliciousful, but became vain in their ness; full of envy, murder, imaginations, and their foolish debate, deceit, malignity; whisheart was darkened:
perers, 22 Professing themselves 30 Backbiters, haters of God, be wise, they became fools, despiteful, proud, boasters, in
23 And changed the glory ventors of evil things, disobeof the uncorruptible God into dient to parents, an image made like to corrupt
31 Without understanding, ible man, and to birds, and covenant-breakers, without nafour-footed beasts, and creeping tural affection, implacable, unthings.
merciful: 24 Wherefore God also gave 32 Who knowing the judgethem up to uncleanness through ment of God, that they which the lusts of their own hearts, to commit such things are worthy dishonour their own bodies be- of death, not only do the same, tween themselves:
but have pleasure in them that 25 Who changed the truth of do them. God into a lie, and worshipped
CHAP. II. and served the creature more
Who are justified.
HEREFORE thou art Amen. 26 For this cause God gave soever thou art that judgest: for them
up unto vile affections: for wherein thou judgest another, even their women did change thou condemnest thyself; for the natural use into that which thou that judgest, doest the is against nature:
same things. 27 And likewise also the men, 2 But we are sure that the leaving the natural use of the judgement of God is according woman, burned in their lust one to truth, against them which towards another; men with men commit such things. working that which is unseemly, 3 And thinkest thou this,
than the Creator
God's impartial judgement. ROMANS, Doers of the law justified. O man, that judgest them which 14 For when the Gentiles, do such things, and doest the which have not the law, do same, that thou shalt escape the by nature the things contained judgement of God?
in the law, these, having not 4 Or despisest thou the riches the law, are a law unto themof his goodness, and forbearance, selves: and long-suffering; not knowing 15 Which shew the work of that the goodness of God lead the law written in their hearts, eth thee to repentance?
their conscience also bearing 5 But after thy hardness and witness, and their thoughts the impenitent heart, treasurest up mean while accusing, or else unto thyself wrath against the excusing one another ;) day of wrath and revelation of 16 In the day when God the righteous judgement of God; shall judge the secrets of men,
6 Who will render to every by Jesus Christ, according to man according to his deeds: my gospel.
7 To them, who, by patient 17 Behold, thou art called continuance' in well doing, seek a Jew, and restest in the law, for glory and honour and immor- and makest thy boast of God, tality, eternal life:
18 And knowest his will, and 8 But unto them that are approvest the things that are contentious, and do not obey the more excellent, being instructed truth, but obey unrighteousness, out of the law; indignation and wrath,
19 And art confident that 9 Tribulation and anguish, thou thyself art a guide of the upon every soul of man that blind, a light of them which are doeth evil, of the Jew first, and in darkness, also of the Gentile:
20 An instructor of the foolish, 10 But glory, honour, and a teacher of babes, which hast peace, to every man that work- the form of knowledge and of eth good, to the Jew first, and the truth in the law: also to the Gentile;
21 Thou therefore which 11 For there is no respect of teachest another, teachest thou persons with God.
not thyself? thou that preachest, 12 For as many as have sin- A man should not steal, dost ned without law, shall also perish thou steal? without law: and as many as
22 Thou that sayest, A man have sinned in the law, shall be should not commit adultery, judged by the law;
dost thou commit adultery? 13 (For not the hearers of the thou that abhorrest idols, dost law are just before God, but thou commit sacrilege? the doers of the law shall be 23 Thou that makest thy justified.
boast of the law, through break
The Jews' prerogative.
All are sinners. ing the law dishonourest thou true, but every man a liar; as it God?
is written, That thou mightest 24 For the name of God is be justified in thy sayings, and blasphemed among the Gentiles mightest overcome when thou through you, as it is written. art judged.
25 For circumcision verily 5 But if our unrighteousness profiteth, if thou keep the law: commend the righteousness of but if thou be a breaker of the God, what shall we say? Is law, thy circumcision is made God unrighteous who taketh uncircumcision.
vengeance? (I speak as a man.) 26 Therefore if the uncircum- 6 God forbid: for then how cision keep the righteousness of shall God judge the world? the law, shall not his uncircum- 7 For if the truth of God cision be counted for circumci- hath more abounded through sion?
my lie unto his glory, why yet 27 And shall not uncircum- am I also judged as a sinner? cision which is by nature, if it 8 And not rather (as we be fulfil the law, judge thee, who slanderously reported, and as by the letter and circumcision some affirm that we say) Let us dost transgress the law? do evil, that good may come?
28 For he is not a Jew, which whose damnation is just. is one outwardly; neither is that 9 What then? are we better circumcision which is outward than they? No, in no wise: for in the flesh:
we have before proved both Jews 29 But he is a Jew, which is and Gentiles, that they are all one inwardly; and circumcision under sin; is that of the heart, in the 10 As it is written, There is spirit, and not in the letter; none righteous, no, not one: whose praise is not of men, but 11 There is none that underof God.
standeth, there is none that CHAP. III.
seeketh after God. None justified by the law.
12 They are all gone out of
then the hath the Jew? or what become unprofitable; there is profit is there of circumcision? none that doeth good, no, not
2 Much every way: chiefly, one. because that unto them were
13 Their throat is an open committed the oracles of God. sepulchre; with their tongues
3 For what, if some did not they have used deceit; the believe? shall their unbelief poison of asps is under their make the faith of God without lips: effect?
14 Whose mouth is full of 4.God forbid: yea, let God be cursing and bitterness;
manifested, being witnessed by W that Abraham, our father
Jews as well as Gentiles
are all under sin. 15 Their feet are swift to shed 27 Where is boasting then? blood:
It is excluded. By what law? 16 Destruction and misery of works? Nay; but by the law are in their ways:
of faith. 17 And the way
have 28 Therefore we conclude they not known:
that a man is justified by faith 18 There is no fear of God without the deeds of the law. before their eyes.
29 Is he the God of the 19 Now we know, that what Jews only? is he not also of the things soever the law .saith, it Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles saith to them who are under the also: law; that every mouth may be 30 Seeing it is one God, which stopped, and all the world may shall justify the circumcision become guilty before God. by faith, and uncircumcision
20 Therefore by the deeds of through faith. the law there shall: no flesh be 31 Do we then make void the justified in his sight: for by the law through faith? God forbid: law is the knowledge of sin.
yea, we establish the law. 21 Bụt now the righteous
CHAP. IV. ness of God without the law is Righteousness imputed by faith.
THAT shall we say then the law and the prophets;
22 Even the righteousness of as pertaining to the flesh, hath God, which is by faith of Jesus found? Christ, unto all and upon all 2 For if Abraham were justithem that believe: for there is fied by works, he hath whereof no difference:
to glory; but not before God. 23 For all have sinned, and 3 For what saith the Scripcome short of the glory of ture? Abraham believed God, God;
and it was counted unto him for 24 Being justified freely by righteousness. his grace, through the redemp- 4 Now to him that worketh tion that is in Christ Jesus: is the reward not reckoned of
25 Whom God hath set forth grace, but of debt. to be a propitiation through faith 5 But to him that worketh in his blood, to declare his right not, but believeth on him that eousness for the remission of sins. justifieth the ungodly, his faith chat are past, through the for- is counted for righteousness. bearance of God;
6 Even as David also de. 26 To declare, I say, at this scribeth the blessedness of the time, his righteousness: that he man unto whom God imputeth might be just, and the justifier righteousness without works, of him which believeth in Jesus. 7 Saying, Blessed are they