Romans 15:23 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 15:23, NIV: But now that there is no more place for me to work in these regions, and since I have been longing for many years to visit you,

Romans 15:23, ESV: But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years to come to you,

Romans 15:23, KJV: But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come unto you;

Romans 15:23, NASB: but now, with no further place for me in these regions, and since I have had for many years a longing to come to you

Romans 15:23, NLT: But now I have finished my work in these regions, and after all these long years of waiting, I am eager to visit you.

Romans 15:23, CSB: But now I no longer have any work to do in these regions, and I have strongly desired for many years to come to you

What does Romans 15:23 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul has written to the Christians in Rome about why he has never traveled to see them there. His mission from God was to take the good news about salvation through faith in Jesus to regions where it had never been heard before (Romans 15:20).

He now writes that he has run out of unreached places to preach in his part of the world, freeing him up to come and see them on his way to Spain. Paul speaks very personally that he has longed to come and see them for many years. The following chapter will reveal that, though Paul has never been to Rome, he knows a great many people there, and cares deeply about them.

Paul's expression of his longing to see the Romans echoes what he wrote at the beginning of his letter. There, he mentioned his desire to strengthen them spiritually, to give and receive encouragement, and to reap a spiritual harvest among them (Romans 1:10–13).