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liberality; he who presideth, with diligence; he who showeth pity, with cheerfulness. 9 Let love be without dissimulation: abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good : 10 in brotherly kindness be tenderly affectioned one to another: in showing honour prefer one another: 11 be not slothful in business: be of an active mind : rendering true service in the time : 12 rejoicing in hope: patient in affliction: persevering in prayer : 13 contributing to the necessities of the saints: seeking occasions for hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind one towards another: mind not high things, but accommodate yourselves to the humble. Be not wise in your own conceits. 17 Recompense to no one evil for evil. Be attentive to what is good in the sight of all men. 18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, avenge not yourselves,
but rather give place to the
wrath of God: for it is written, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay,” saith the Lord. 20 If therefore thine enemy hunger, feed him ; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou wilt heap coals of fire on his head. 21 Be not overcome by evil; but overcome evil with good. CH. XIII. 1 LET every man be subject to the powers in
authority : for there is no power but from God; and those which exist are placed under God. 2 He therefore who resisteth the power, resisteth the appointment of God; and those who resist will receive to themselves condemnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Wouldst thou therefore not be afraid of the power do that which is good, and thou wilt have praise from it. 4 For he is a minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid: for he beareth not the sword in vain : for he is a minister of God, an avenger [to execute wrath] upon him who doth evil. 5. Wherefore it is necessary that ye be subject, not only because of punishment, but also because of conscience. 6 For on this account ye pay tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually to this matter. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute, to whom tribute is due ; custom, to whom custom ; fear, to whom fear ; honour, to whom honour: 8 Owe no one any thing, excepting this, to love one another: for he who loveth another fulfilleth the law. 9 For instance, “Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not commit murder, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not covet;” and if there be any other commandment, it is summed up in these words, namely, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” 10 Love worketh no ill to our neighbour: love therefore is the fulfilling of the law. 11 And we should do this, knowing the time, that already it is the hour to awake out of sleep : (for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed : 12 the night is far spent, the day approacheth:) let us therefore lay aside the works of darkness, and let us put on the attire of light. 13 Let us walk becomingly, as in the day; not in revelings and drunkenness, not in debauchery and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ; and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil its desires. CH. XIV. 1 NOW receive to yourselves him who is weak in the faith; but not for doubtful disputings. 2 One believeth that he may eat all things: but another, who is weak, eateth herbs. 3 Let not him who eateth, despise him who eateth not; and let not him who eateth not, condemn him who eateth ; for God hath received him to himself. 4 Who art thou that condemnest the servant of another ? to his own master he standeth or falleth. But he shall be established; for God is able to establish him. 5 One man esteemeth one day above another : while another man esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. 6 [He who regardeth the day, regardeth it to the Lord; and he who regardeth not the day to the Lord he regardeth it not.]
He who eateth, eateth to the Lord; for he giveth God thanks: and he who eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. 7 For no one of us liveth to himself, and no one dieth to himself; 8 but whether we live, we live to the Lord : and whether we die, we die to the Lord : whether we live, therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ [both] died, and lived again, that he might have dominion both over the dead and the living. 10 But why dost thou condemn thy brother ? or why dost thou despise thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written, “..As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall praise God.” 12 So then every one of us must give account of himself to God. 13 Let us not therefore condemn one another any more: but judge this rather, that no one put a stumblingblock, or an occasion to fall, in a brother’s way. 14 I know, and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself: but if any one esteem anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15 But if thy brother be disquieted becaus: of thy food, thou no longer walkest according to love. Destroy not him by thy food, for whom Christ died. 16 Let not then your good be evil-spoken of 17 For the kingdom of God is not meat
and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in a holy spirit. 18 For he that, in these things, serveth Christ, is wellpleasing to God, and approved by men. 19 So then let us follow after the -things, which make for peace, and for the edifying of one another. 20. For the sake of food, destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure ; but it is evil in that man who eateth so as to cause of. fence. 21. It is right neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor to do any thing by which thy brother stumbleth, [or is offended, or is made weak.] 22 Thou hast faith: have it with respect to thyself, in the sight of God. Happy is he who condemneth not himself, in that which he alloweth himself to do. 23 But he who doubteth is condemned if he eat, because he eateth not from faith : for whatsoever is not from faith is sin. CH. XVI. 25* Now to him who is able to establish you, (according to my gospel, even the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revealed mystery, which was kept secret in former ages, 26 but hath now been made manifest, and, by the writings of the prophets, according to the commandment of the aionian God, hath been made known to all the gentiles for their obedience to the faith;) 27 to God, only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ, to the ages. Amen. CH. XV. 1 NOW we who
are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good, to edification. 3 For Christ also pleased not himself; but, as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached thee fell on me.” 4 For whatsoever things were formerly written, were written for our instruction ; that we, through the patience and comfort of the scriptures, might have hope. 5 Now the God of patience and comfort grant you to be of the same mind amongst yourselves, according to the will of Jesus Christ : 6 that with one consent, and with one mouth, ye may glory the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Wherefore receive to yourselves one another; as Christ also hath received you to himself for the glory of God.
8 Now I say, that [Jesus] Christ became a minister of the circumcision, for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers: 9 and that the gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, “For this cause I will praise thee among the gentiles, and sing to thy name.” 10 And again it is said, “Rejoice, ye gentiles, together with his people.” 11 And again, “Praise the Lord, all ye gentiles; and laud him, all ye people.” 12 And again Isaiah saith, “There shall be a root of Jessè: and he who shall rise to reign over the nations, in him the nations shall hope.” 13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace, in believing ; that ye may abound in hope, through the power of a holy spirit. 14 AND I myself also am persuaded concerning you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. 15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written to you somewhat boldly in part, as putting you in mind, on account of the favour which God hath bestowed on me; 16 that I should be a minister of Jesus Christ to the gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the gentiles might be well accepted, being sanctified by a holy spirit. 17 I have, therefore, whereof I may glory, through Jesus Christ, in things relating to God; 18 (for I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me;) concerning the obedience of the gentiles in word and deed, 19 through mighty signs and wonders, through the power of a [holy] spirit; so that from Jerusalem, and round about, to Illyricum, I have fullpreached the gospel of Christ: 20 earnestly striving, however, to preach the gospel in this manner; not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation; 21 but as it is written, “Those to whom he had not been spoken of, shall see : and those who had not heard, shall understand.”
* “In the common copies this doxology is inserted at the conclusion of ch. xvi. but the Alexandrian and most of the other manuscripts introduce it here.” Im. Ver, note
22 On which account also, I have been often prevented from coming to you : 23 but now, having no longer place for fireaching, in these parts, and having a great desire, for these many years, to come to you ; 24 whensoever I go into Spain I trust to see you, as I pass on, and to be conducted by you on my way thitherward, when I have been first partly filled with your company. 25 But now I am going to Jerusalem, that I may minister to the saints: 26 for it hath pleased those of Macedonia and Achaia to make some contribution for the poor saints who are in Jefusalem. 27. It hath pleased them indeed, and they are debtors to the Jews : for if they have made the gentiles partakers of their spiritual things, the gentiles ought also to minister to them in worldly things. 28 When, therefore, I have performed this, and have set the seal to this fruit of their liberality, I will come by you into Spain. 29 And I know that, when I come to you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of Christ. 30 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the Lord Jesus Christ, and by the love which is the fruit of the spirit, that ye strive, together with me, in your prayers to God for me ; 31 that I may be delivered from those in Judea who believe not; and [that] my ministry at Jerusalem may be well accepted by the saints; 32 that I may come to you with joy, by the will of
God; [and may be refreshed to.
gether with you..] 33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
CH. XVI. 1 [NOW] I commend to you, Phebé, our sister, who is a deaconness of the church at Cenchrea: 2 that ye receive her in the Lord, as is worthy of saints, and that ye help her in whatsoever business she hath need of you : for she hath been an assistant of many, and of myself also. 3 Salute Priscas and Aquila, my fellow-labourers in Christ Jesus: 4 (who, for my life, have laid down their own necks: to whom not I only give thanks, but all the churches also of the gentiles :) 5 salute likewise the church in their house. Salute my well-beloved Epaenetus, who is the first-fruits of Asia to Christ. 6 Salute Mary, who hath laboured much for you. 7 Salute Andronicus and Junias, my kinsmen and my fellowprisoners, who are well known among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. 8 Salute Amplias, my beloved in the Lord. 9 Salute Urbanus, our fellow-labourer in Christ; and Stachys, my beloved 10 Salute Apelles, who is approved in Christ. Salute those that are of Aristobulus’s household. 11 Salute Herodian, my kinsman. Salute those of Narcissus’s household, who are in the Lord. 12 Salute Tryphena, and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, who hath laboured much in the Lord. 13 Salute Rufus, who is chosen in the Lord; and his
mother and mine. 14 Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren who are with them. 15 Salute Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them. 16 Salute one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ salute you. 17 Now I beseech you, brethren, to mark those who raise divisions and causes of stumbling, contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For those who are such, serve not our Lord Christ, but their own belly; and by good words, and fair speeches, deceive the hearts of the innocent. 19 For your obedience hath come abroad to all men. I rejoice therefore on your account : but yet I would have you to be wise [indeed] concerning that which is good, and simple, concerning that which is evil. 20 Now the God of peace will quickly bruise the adversary under your feet. THE favour of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 21 TiMoTHY, my fellow-labourer, and Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you. 22 I Tertius, the scribe of this epistle, salute you in the Lord. 23 Gaius, my host, and the host of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus, the treasurer of the city, and Quartus, a brother, salute you. 24 THE favour of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen."
* See. Note, p. 269.