ROMANS - Chapter 1

1 - Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
2 - (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)
3 - Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
4 - And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
5 - By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:
6 - Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:
7 - To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
8 - First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
9 - For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;
10 - Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.
11 - For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;
12 - That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.
13 - Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.
14 - I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.
15 - So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.
16 - For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 - For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
18 - For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 - Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 - For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 - Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 - Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 - And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 - Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 - Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 - For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 - And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 - And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 - Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 - Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 - Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 - Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.