1 Now we the strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his :neighbor for what is good, unto building up. 3 For the Christ also pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of those reproaching thee fell upon me. 4 For whatever things were written afore were all written for our :learning, that through :patience and through :comfort of the scriptures we might have :hope. 5 Now the God of :patience and of :comfort grant you to be of the same mind one with another according to Christ Jesus: 6 that with one accord ye may with one mouth glorify the God and Father of our :Lord Jesus Christ.
7 Wherefore receive one another, even as the Christ also received us, to God’s glory. 8 For I say that Christ hath been made minister of circumcision for God’s truth, that he confirm the promises given to the fathers, 9 and that the nations might glorify
:God for mercy; as it is written,
Therefore will I give praise to thee among nations, And sing to thy :name.
10 And again he saith, Rejoice, ye nations, with his :people.
11 And again, Praise the Lord, all the nations;
And let all the peoples praise him the more.
12 And again, Isaiah saith,
There shall be the root of :Jessai, And he that ariseth to rule over nations; On him shall nations hope.
13 Now the God of :hope fill you with all joy and peace in :believing, that ye may abound in :hope, in power of the Holy Spirit.
14 And I myself also am persuaded concerning you, my brethren, that yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all :knowledge, able also to admonish one another. 15 But I write the more boldly to you in a measure, as reminding you again, because of the grace :given me of :God, 16 that I be minister of Christ Jesus unto the nations, †ministering the gospel of :God, that the offering up of the nations become acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. 17 I have therefore the glorying in Christ Jesus in the things pertaining unto :God. 18 For I dare not speak aught save the things which Christ wrought through me, for obedience of the nations, by word and deed, 19 in power of signs and wonders, in power of the Holy Spirit; so that from Jerusalem, and round about even unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of the Christ; 20 yea, making it my aim so to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, that I build not upon another’s foundation; 21 but, even as it is written,
They shall see, to whom no tidings of him came, And they who have not heard
22 Wherefore also I was hindered these many times from coming unto you: 23 but now, having no more place in these :regions, and having these many years a longing to come unto you, 24 whenever I go to :Spain (for I hope to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way thither by you, if first in a measure I be satisfied with you)—25 but now, I say, I go to Jerusalem, ministering to the saints. 26 For Macedonia and Achaia were well pleased to make a certain †contribution for the poor among the saints :at Jerusalem. 27 For they were well pleased; and their debtors they are. For if the nations have been made partakers of their :spiritual things, they ought also to minister to them in carnal. 28 When therefore I have accomplished this, and sealed to them this :fruit, I will go on by you to Spain. 29 And I know that, when I come unto you, I shall come in fullness of Christ’s blessing. 30 Now I beseech you, brethren, by our :Lord Jesus Christ, and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in :prayers to :God for me; 31 that I be delivered from the disobedient in :Judæa, and my :ministration :for Jerusalem become acceptable to the saints; 32 that I come unto you in joy through God’s will, and together with you rest. 33 Now the God of :peace be with you all. Amen.