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21 and they said to him, We neither have received letters from Judea concerning thee, nor hath any one of the brethren that is come here, told or spoken any ill of thee: 22 but, we are desirous to hear from thee what thou thinkest; for, as to this sect, it is notorious to us that it is every where opposed. 23 And having appointed him a day, many came to him, to his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, endeavouring to persuade them of the things concerning Jesus, both from the law of Moses and from the prophets, from morning till evening: 24 and some believed the words which were spoken : 25 but some believed them not; and being at variance among themselves, they separated, when Paul had spoken to them this one word; Well spake the Holy Spirit to our fathers, by the prophet Isaiah,
26 saying, “Go to this peo“ ple, and say, Hearing ye “ will hear, and will not “ understand ; and seeing ye “ will see, and will not per“ ceive ; 27 “ for the heart of this “ people is become gross, and “ with their ears they are “ dull of hearing, and their “ eyes they have closed; lest “ they should see with their “eyes, and hear with their “ears, and understand with “ their heart, and be con“ verted, and I should heal “ them : ” 28 be it known to you, therefore, that this salvation of God is sent to the Gentiles, and they will hearken to it. 29 And he dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all who came to him; 30 proclaiming the kingdom of God, and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness; no one forbidding him.
Isa. vi. 9.
c. xviii. 6.
EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE
THE ROMAN S.
PAUL, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle; separated for the gospel of God, 2 which he had before promised, by his prophets, in the holy scriptures, 3 concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who, according to his flesh, was born of the seed of David ; 4 but, according to his Spirit of holiness, was demonstrated with power to be the Son of God, by his resurrection from the dead; 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith in his name, among all the Gentiles, 6 among whom ye, also, are the called of Jesus Christ : 7 to all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
8 And first, I thank my God, through Jesus Christ, concerning you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world : 9 for, the God whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, is my witness, that I have you unceasingly in remembrance ; 10 making request always in my prayers, that, by the will of God, I may now at length be happily directed to go to you : 11 for I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, in order that ye may be established; 12 that is, that I may be comforted together with you, by the mutual faith both of you and me. 13 And I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that I often purposed to go to you, (though I have hitherto been hindered,) that I might have some fruit also among you : 14 and as, among the other Gentiles, I am a debtor both to Greeks and Barbarians, both to wise and unwise; 15 so am I ready, as far as lieth in me, to preach the gospel to you also, who are in Rome. 16 For, I am not ashamed of the gospel; because it is the power of God for salvation to every one that believeth, to the Jew indeed first, but also to the Greek. 17 For in it, the justification of God by faith, is revealed for faith: as it is written, “The “just, shall live by his faith:” 18 for, the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all impiety and iniquity of men, who keep down the truth by iniquity; 19 because, that which may be known of God is manifest within them, for God hath manifested it in them : 20 for, the things that are invisible in him, even his eternal power and Godhead, are clearly seen by the mind, from the creation of the world, in the things that he hath made. 21 So that they are without excuse; because, though they thus knew God, they neither glorified Him, nor gave Him thanks, as God; but became vain in their thoughts, and their senseless heart was darkened: 22 declaring themselves to be wise, they became fools;
1 Cor. i. 18.
Hab. ii. 4.
Gal. iii. 11.
Heb. x. 38. c. ii. 14.
23 and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things: 24 wherefore, God gave them up to uncleanness in the lusts of their hearts; to dishonour their bodies among themselves, 25 who changed the truth of God into falsehood, and worshipped and served the creature, instead of the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen! 26 For this cause God gave them up to vile affections: for even their women changed their natural use to that which is against nature; 27 and, in like manner also, the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is shameful, and receiving in themselves the due recompense of their error: 28 and, as they did not choose
to retain God in their know-v. 21.
ledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do the things which they ought not : 29 being filled with all iniquity, malice, covetousness, mischief; full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity; 30 whisperers of slander; haters of God ; despiteful, proud, boasters, devisers of evils, disobedient to parents,
i. e. Jew or Gentile.
31 without understanding; covenant breakers; without tender affection; unmerciful;
32 who know the judgment of God, that they who do such things are worthy of death; and not only they who do them, but they also who approve those that do them.
CHAPTER II. HEREFORE, thou art
without excuse, O man, whoever thou art that judgest; for, in that in which thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou who judgest, doest the same things: 2 and we know, that the judgment of God is according to truth, against those who do such things. 3 Thinkest thou this, O man who judgest them that do such things, and yet doest the same; that thou wilt escape the judgment of God? 4 or, despisest thou the richness of his goodness, and forbearance, and longsuffering 2 not knowing, that the goodness of God is urging thee to repentance; 5 while thou, after thy hardness and impenitent heart, art treasuring up for thyself wrath, against the day of wrath and revelation of the just judgment of God, who will render to every one according to his deeds:
6 to them who, by patient continuance in well doing, seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life; 7 but, to them that are contentious and obey not the truth, but obey iniquity, indignation and wrath : o 8 tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who doeth evil; of the Jew indeed first, but also of the Gentile; 9 but, glory, and honour, and peace, to every one that worketh good; to the Jew first, but also to the Gentile : 10 for, there is no distinction of persons with God: 11 for, all who have sinned without the law, will also perish without the law: and all who have sinned within the law, will be judged by the law : 12 for, not the hearers of the law, will be accounted just before God; but the doers of the law, will be justified; 13 for, when the Gentiles, who have not the law, do by their nature the things prescribed by i.e.o.o. the law, these, though they :... have not the law, are a law on. to themselves; 14 who shew, that the work of the law is written in their c. i. 19, so hearts, by their conscience bearing witness with it; 15 and by their reasonings among themselves, which will accuse, or defend them in that
day, when God will judge the
secrets of men, by Christ Jesus, according to my gospel. 16 Behold, thou art called, who art a Jew, and reposest on the law, and makest thy boast of God; 17 and knowest his will, and discernest its excellence, being instructed out of the law; 18 and art confident, that thou thyself art a guide to the blind; a light to them that are in darkness; 19 an instructor of the unwise; a teacher of infants; who possessest, in the law, the form of knowledge and of the truth: 20 thou, then, who teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou, who preachest that a man should not steal, dost thou steal? 21 thou, who sayest that a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery! thou, who abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege 7 22 thou, who boastest of the law, dost thou dishonour God by transgressing the law? 23 for, as it is written, “the “name of God is blasphemed “among the Gentiles through “ you.” 24 For, thy circumcision indeed profiteth thee, if thou keep the law; but, if thou art a transgressor of the law, thy circumcision becometh as uncircumcision : 25 if, then, the uncircumci
sion keep the rules of the law, will not his uncircumcision be accounted to him as circumcision ? 26 yea, the uncircumcision that is by nature, if it fulfil the law, will judge thee, who, with the letter and circumcision, transgressest the law? 27 for, he is not a Jew, who is such outwardly, neither is that circumcision, which is only outward in the flesh : 28 but, he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and whose circumcision is that of the heart; in the spirit, and not only in the letter; whose praise is not from men, but from God.
HAT more, then, hath the Jew 2 or, what is the benefit of circumcision ? 2 much in every way; but chiefly, because to them were confided the oracles of God. 3 For, what if some of then disbelieved 2 will their disbelief destroy the faithfulness of God? 4 God forbid! yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, “That thou “mightest be justified in thy “sayings, and overcome when “ thou art judged.” 5 But, if our iniquity consisteth with God's justification, what shall we say? That God
Is, lii. 5. Ezek. xxxvi. 23.
v. 13, 14.
Ps. li. 4.