Romans 15:28 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 15:28, NIV: So after I have completed this task and have made sure that they have received this contribution, I will go to Spain and visit you on the way.

Romans 15:28, ESV: When therefore I have completed this and have delivered to them what has been collected, I will leave for Spain by way of you.

Romans 15:28, KJV: When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain.

Romans 15:28, NASB: Therefore, when I have finished this, and have put my seal on this fruit of theirs, I will go on by way of you to Spain.

Romans 15:28, NLT: As soon as I have delivered this money and completed this good deed of theirs, I will come to see you on my way to Spain.

Romans 15:28, CSB: So when I have finished this and safely delivered the funds to them, I will visit you on the way to Spain.

What does Romans 15:28 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Returning to his main point about coming to see the Christians in Rome, Paul sums up his earlier statements. He will travel to them after he delivers the financial contributions to the poor Christians in Jerusalem. More specifically, Paul says he will leave for Spain by way of visiting his readers in Rome. To this point, Paul's emphasis on introducing the gospel to unreached areas has prevented him from passing through Rome (Romans 15:20–22).

He also uses unusual language to describe his delivery of the money to Jerusalem. He says that he will leave when he has "sealed to them this fruit." Likely, by fruit, he means the financial gift of the Gentile Christians. It is the fruit, or product, of both their generosity and their faith in God. Paul will "seal" it in the sense that he will complete the task by handing it off to the right people and verifying who it is from and what it is for.