For God, whom I serve in my spirit in the preaching of the
gospel of His Son, is my witness as to
how unceasingly I make mention of you,
always in my prayers requesting if perhaps now, at last by the will of God, I will succeed in coming to you.
For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established;
that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while
among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine.
I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,
that often I have planned to come to you (and have been prevented so far) so that I may obtain some fruit among you also just as among the rest of the Gentiles.
I am under obligation both to Greeks and to the uncultured, both to the wise and to the foolish.
So, for my part, I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
For in it the
righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written: 'BUT THE RIGHTEOUS one
will live by faith.'
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, that is,
His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, being understood by what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their reasonings, and their senseless hearts were darkened.
Claiming to be wise, they became fools,
and they exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible mankind, of birds, four-footed animals, and crawling creatures.