The Holy Bible: The New Word – Paul’s Letter to the Romans 13-16

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    13[1-7] Let everyone answer to whoever leads them, because no one comes to power but of God: Whoever has power is put in place by God. So whoever doesn’t accept that power, doesn’t accept what God has put in place: and those who fight against it will bring judgment on themselves. Rulers aren’t a dread to those who do good, but to those who do evil. So why then are you afraid of those in power? Do what is good, and you’ll have their praise, because they’re the minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid because they don’t hold power for no reason, but because they’re the minister of God, to carry out judgment on those who do evil. So you need to accept them, not only because you might be punished, but also for your conscience sake. Because of this, pay your taxes also because they’re God’s ministers, who give all their time to service. So pay all their dues: taxes to whom taxes are due; payments to whom payments are due; respect to whom respect is due; and honor to whom honor is due.

     [8-14] Owe no one anything, but to love one another because whoever loves another has done what the Word of God says to do. Because of this, You shouldn’t act in sexual sin, You shouldn’t kill, You shouldn’t steal, You shouldn’t lie about someone, You shouldn’t want what others have; and if there’s any other word, it’s briefly understood in this saying, namely, You should love your neighbor as yourself. Love does nothing wrong to a neighbor: so love does what the Word of God says to do. And do that, knowing the time, that now it’s high time to awake from sleep, because now we’re closer to being saved than we ever thought. The night is almost over, the day is near: so let’s put off what we’ve done in darkness, and let’s put on the covering of light. Let’s walk honestly, as in the day; not in fighting and drunkenness, not acting in sexual sin and shamelessness, not in arguing and jealousy. But put on the likeness of Yeshua, the Christ, and don’t satisfy the wants of the body.

    14[1-11] Allow those who are weak in the faith, but not as far as doubtful arguments. One believes that they can eat everything: another, who is weak, eats only plants. Don’t let those who eat hate those who don’t eat; and don’t let those who don’t eat judge those who eat because God has accepted them. Who are you that judges another’s worker? To their own employer they stand or fall. Yes, they’ll be held up because God is able to make them stand. Someone respects one day above another: another values every day alike. Let everyone be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever respects the day, respects it in God; and whoever doesn’t respect the day, to God they don’t respect it. Whoever eats, eats to God, and they give thanks to God; and whoever doesn’t eat, to God they don’t eat, and they give thanks to God. None of us lives to ourselves, and none of us dies to ourselves. Whether we live, we live to God; and whether we die, we die to God: so whether we live, or die, we’re God’s. For this reason Christ both died, and rose, and awakened, in order to be Christ both of the dead and living. But why do you judge one another? or why do you make one another of no importance? We’ll all stand at the judgment seat of Christ. The Word says, As I live, God said, every knee will bow to Me, and every tongue will acknowledge God.

     [12-23] So then everyone of us will give account of ourselves to God. So let’s not judge one another any more: but decide to do this instead: Don’t be a problem to anyone else or give an occasion for another to fall. I know, and am convinced by Christ Yeshua, that there isn’t anything evil of itself: but to those who believe anything to be evil, to them it’s evil. But if another gets upset about your food, then you aren’t acting in love. Don’t destroy their faith with your food, for whom Christ died. Don’t let your good be spoken ill of: The realm of God isn’t about food and drink; but goodness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. Whoever serves Christ in this is acceptable to God, and approved of by others. So let’s follow after the things which make peace, and the things that can benefit one another. Don’t let what you eat destroy the work of God. To be sure, all food is good; but it’s evil for someone to offend others with their food. It’s good nor to eat meat, nor to drink wine, nor anything else if it makes another stumble, or be offended, or made weak. Do you have faith? Keep it to yourself and to God. We will be happy if we don’t bring guilt on ourselves in whatever we approve of. Whoever doubts is damned if they eat, because they don’t eat in faith, and whatever isn’t of faith is sin.

    15[1-6] We then that are strong ought to be patient with the sins of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let everyone of us please our neighbor for their good to build them up. Even Yeshua didn’t please the Christ’s own self; but, as the Word says, The accusations of those who dishonored You fell on Me. Whatever things that were written before were written to help us learn, so that we, through the patience and comfort of the Word, might have hope. Now the God of patience and comfort help you to think of one another in Christ Yeshua, so hat you can with one mind and one mouth praise God, the God, who our Christ, Yeshua is from.

    [7-13] So accept one another, as Christ also accepted us in order to make God known. Now I tell you that Yeshua the Christ was a minister of the Jews for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the ancestors: And so that the other peoples might praise God for God’s mercy; as the Word says, Because of this, I’ll praise You among the other peoples, and sing to Your name. And again it said, Celebrate, you other peoples, with God’s people. And again, Praise God, all you other peoples; Praise God, all you peoples. And again, Isaiah said, A shoot will spring up from the root of Jesse, One who will rise up to reign over the nations, in Whom the other peoples will trust.  Now the God of hope fill you with every joy and peace as you believe, so that you can grow in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

     [14-21] And I myself am convinced also that you Christians are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able also to warn one another. In the same way, Christians, I’ve written without fear all the more to you about some things, to remind you, because of the grace that has been given to me by God, so that I would be the minister of Yeshua the Christ to the other peoples, ministering the New Word of God, that the offering up of the other peoples might be acceptable, being set apart by the Holy Spirit. So I have a reason to make known what God has done through Yeshua the Christ in me. I won’t dare to speak of anything Christ hasn’t done in me, by word and action, to make the other peoples acceptable, through powerful signs and amazing things, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and around to Illyricum, I’ve fully preached the New Word of Christ. Yes, I have tried hard to preach the New Word, not where Christ was named, in case I might build on another person’s foundation: But as the Word says, Those to whom the Christ wasn’t spoken of, will see: and those who haven’t heard will understand.

     [22-29]For this reason I’ve also been stopped many times from coming to you. But now having no more place in these parts, and having wanted these many years to come to you; whenever I take my journey into Spain, I’ll come to you. I trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way there by you, if first I enjoy your company. But now I go to Jerusalem to minister to the Christians. It has pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for those Christians who are poor which are at Jerusalem. It’s truly pleased them; and they do owe it to them. If the other peoples have shared in their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them with their earthly things. So when I’ve done this, and have brought to them this fruit, I’ll come to you first and then go on to Spain. And I am sure that, when I come to you, I’ll come in the fullness of the blessing of the New Word of Christ.

    [30-33] Now I beg you, Christians, for Yeshua the Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that you work together with me in your prayers to God for me; so that I can be freed from those who don’t believe in Judea; and that my service for Jerusalem will be accepted by the Christians; And that I can come to you with joy by the will of God, and that I can be renewed with you. Now the God of peace be with you all. So be it!

    16[1-16] I entrust to you Phebe our sister, who is a church worker, which is at Cenchrea: I ask that you accept her in God, as Christians should, and that you assist her in whatever business she needs of you because she’s helped many people, and myself also. Say hello to Priscilla and Aquila, my helpers in Christ Yeshua: Who have for my life risked their own necks: to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the other peoples. Say hello also to the church that is in their house. Say hello to my dear loved one Epaenetus, who is the first one to be won for Christ in Achaia. Say hello to Mary, who worked very hard for us. Say hello to Andronicus and Junia, my kin people, and my prison mates, who are of note among the followers, who also were in Christ before me. Say hello to Amplias my dear loved one in God. Say hello to Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my dear loved one. Say hello to Apelles, who is approved in Christ. Say hello to those who are of Aristobulus’ family. Say hello to Herodion my kinsman. Say hello to those who are of the family of Narcissus, which are in God. Say hello to Tryphena and Tryphosa, who work together in God. Say hello to my dear loved one Persis, who worked very hard in God. Say hello to Rufus, chosen in God, and his mother and mine. Say hello to Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the Christians which are with them. Say hello to Philologus, Julia, Nereus, their sister, Olympas, and all the Christians which are with them. Greet one another with a kiss of love. The churches of Christ greet you as well.

    [17] Now I beg you, Christians, mark those who cause disagreements and upsets against the Word of God which you’ve learned; and stay away from them. Those who are like this don’t serve our Christ, Yeshua, but their own way; and by nice words and smooth speeches they mislead the hearts of innocent people. Your acceptance of the word is heard about by everyone. I am so happy on your behalf: but still I want you to be wise about what’s good, and innocent about what’s evil. And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Christ, Yeshua be with you. So be it!

    [21-24] Timothy my worker, Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my kin people, say hello to you. I Tertius, who wrote this letter, says hello to you in God. Gaius my host, and of the whole church, says hello to you. Erastus, the officer of the city, says hello to you, and Quartus, a Christian. The grace of our Christ, Yeshua be with you all. So be it!

    [25-27] Now to the One who has the power to approve you by my New Word, and the preaching of Yeshua the Christ, for the revelation of the secret, which was kept secret since the world began, but is now made known, and by the words of the great preachers, for the Word of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the acceptance of faith: To the God, who is only wise, be victory through Yeshua the Christ forever. So be it!


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