1Paul, a servantof JesusChrist, called to be an apostle, separateduntothe gospelof God, 2 ( Whichhe had promised aforebyhisprophetsinthe holyscriptures,) 3ConcerninghisSon Jesus Christ our Lord, whichwas madeofthe seedof Davidaccording tothe flesh; 4And declared to be the Sonof Godwithpower, according tothe spiritof holiness, bythe resurrectionfrom the dead: 5Bywhomwe have receivedgraceandapostleship, forobedienceto the faithamongallnations, forhisname: 6Amongwhomareyealsothe calledof JesusChrist: 7To allthat beinRome, belovedof God, called to be saints: Graceto youandpeacefromGodourFather, andthe LordJesusChrist.
8First, I thankmyGodthroughJesusChristforyouall, thatyourfaithis spoken ofthroughoutthe wholeworld. 9ForGodismywitness, whomI servewithmyspiritinthe gospelof hisSon, thatwithout ceasing I makementionof you always in my prayers; 10Making request, if by any meansnowat lengthI might have a prosperous journeybythe willof Godto comeuntoyou.
11ForI longto seeyou, thatI may impartunto yousomespiritualgift, to the endyemay be established; 12Thatis, that I may be comforted togetherwithyoubythe mutualfaithbothof youandme.
13NowI wouldnothaveyouignorant, brethren, thatoftentimesI purposedto comeuntoyou, ( butwas lethitherto,) thatI might havesomefruitamongyoualso, evenasamongotherGentiles. 14I amdebtorbothto the Greeks, andto the Barbarians; bothto the wise, andto the unwise. 15So, as much asinmeis, I am readyto preach the gospelto youthat areatRomealso.
16ForI amnotashamedof the gospelof Christ: forit isthe powerof Goduntosalvationto every onethatbelieveth; to the Jewfirst, andalsoto the Greek. 17Forthereinisthe righteousnessof Godrevealedfromfaithtofaith: asit is written, The justshall livebyfaith.
18Forthe wrathof Godis revealedfromheavenagainstallungodlinessandunrighteousnessof men, whoholdthe truthinunrighteousness; 19Becausethat which may be knownof Godismanifestinthem; forGodhath shewed it unto them. 20Forthe invisible thingsof himfromthe creationof the worldare clearly seen, being understoodby the things that are made, even hiseternalpowerandGodhead; so thattheyarewithout excuse: 21Because that, when they knewGod, they glorified him notasGod, neitherwere thankful; butbecame vainintheirimaginations, andtheirfoolishheartwas darkened. 22Professing themselvesto bewise, they became fools, 23Andchangedthe gloryof the uncorruptibleGodintoan imagemade like tocorruptibleman, andto birds, andfourfooted beasts, andcreeping things.
24WhereforeGodalsogavethemuptouncleannessthroughthe lustsof their ownhearts, to dishonourtheir ownbodiesbetweenthemselves: 25Whochangedthe truthof Godintoa lie, andworshippedandservedthe creaturemore thanthe Creator, whoisblessedforever. Amen.
26ForthiscauseGodgavethemupuntovileaffections: foreventheirwomendid changethe naturaluseintothat which isagainstnature: 27Andlikewisealsothe men, leavingthe naturaluseof the woman, burnedintheirlustonetowardanother; menwithmenworkingthat which is unseemly, andreceivinginthemselvesthat recompenceof theirerrorwhichwas meet.