Romans 15:25 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 15:25, NIV: Now, however, I am on my way to Jerusalem in the service of the Lord's people there.

Romans 15:25, ESV: At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem bringing aid to the saints.

Romans 15:25, KJV: But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints.

Romans 15:25, NASB: but now, I am going to Jerusalem, serving the saints.

Romans 15:25, NLT: But before I come, I must go to Jerusalem to take a gift to the believers there.

Romans 15:25, CSB: Right now I am traveling to Jerusalem to serve the saints,

What does Romans 15:25 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul has written that at long last it may be possible for him to travel to Rome to spend time with the Christians there. This is something he has longed to do for many years (Romans 15:23). Now he says he must first go to Jerusalem to bring aid to the believers there.

As the following verses show, the aid Paul mentions is money for poor Jewish Christians in Jerusalem. The need there was great. Paul had taken it on himself to raise money from the Gentile Christians to meet the needs of these struggling believers. Now, having that money in hand, Paul was headed to Jerusalem to deliver it. Paul will continue by giving more details on this contribution, as well as asking his readers to pray for his safe and successful delivery of it.