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19 So then let us follow after the things which make for
20 peace, and for the edifying of one another. For a kind 0/ food, destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil in that man who eateth so as
21 to cause offence. It is right neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor to do any thing by which thy brother
22 stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. Thou hast faith. Have it with respect to thyself, in the sight of God. Happy is he who condemneth not himself in that,
23 which he alloweth himself to do. But he who doubteth is condemned if he eat, because he eateth not from faith: for whatsoever is not from faith is sin.
25 xvi. * Now unto him that is able to establish you, (according to the gospel which I teach, and to my preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revealed mystery, which
26 was kept secret under the ancient dispensations, but hath now been made manifest, and, by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, hath been made known to all the gentiles for
27 their obedience to the faith ;) to the only wise God, be glory, through Jesus Christ, for ever. Amen. Ch. xv. Now we that are strong ought to bear the infirmities
2 of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let everyone 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
A me." For whatsoever things were formerly written, were written for our instruction; that we, through the patience and comfort arising from t the scriptures, might
5 have hope. Now the God of patience and comfort grant you to be of the same mind among yourselves, according
6 to the will of Christ Jesus: that with one consent, and with one mouth, ye may glorify the God and Father
* In the common copies this doxotogy is inserted at the conclusion of ch. xvi. hat tlie Alexandrian and most of the other manuseripts introduee it here. See Griesbacn.
t taught by, N.
7 of our Lord Jesus Christ. 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 pro
9 mises made to the fathers: 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.un
10 to thy name." And again it is said, "Rejoice, ye gen
11 tiles, together with his people." 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 Jesse: and he who shall rise to reign over the gentiles, in him
13 the gentiles shall hope." Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace, in believing; that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the holy spirit.
14 And I myself also am persuaded concerning you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with
15 all knowledge, able to admonish one another also. Nevertheless, brethren, I have written to you somewhat boldly in part, as putting you in mind, on account of
16 the favour which God hath bestowed on me; 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 the
17 holy spirit. I have therefore whereof I may glory through 18 Jesus Christ, in things relating to God; (for I will not dare to speak of any of those things*which Christ hath not wrought by me ;) concerning the obedience of the
19 gentiles in word and deed, through mighty signs and wonders, through the power of the spirit of God*; so that from Jerusalem, and round about to Illyricum, I have
20 fully preached the gospel of Christ: earnestly striving, however, to preach the gospel in this manner; not where
• Or, the holy spirit. MSS.
Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's 21 foundation; but, as it is written, "Those to whom he had not been spoken of, shall see: and those that had
22 not heard, shall understand." On which account also, I
23 have been often hindered from coming to you: but now, having no longer place for preaching in these parts, and having a great desire for these many years to come unto
24 you; 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
25 company. But now I am going to Jerusalem, that I may
26 minister to the saints: for it hath pleased those of Macedonia and Achaia to make some contribution for the
27 poor saints that are in Jerusalem. It hath pleased them indeed, and they are debtors to the Jews: for if these have made the gentiles partakers of their spiritual things, the gentiles ought also to minister to them in wordly
28 things. When therefore I have performed this, and have set the seal to this fruit of their liberality\, I will come
29 by you into Spain. And I know that, when I come unto 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
32 accepted by the saints; that I may come to you with joy, by the will of God; and may be refreshed together with
33 you. Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen. Ch. Xvi. Now I commend to you Phebe our sister, who is a 2 deaconess of the church which is at Cenchrea: that ye receive her in the Lord, as is worthy of saints, and that
* I will come to you; for I trutt, etc. R. T.
t So Wakefield, consigned to them this fruit efir.c. N.
t of the gospel of Christ, R. T. and New come.
ye help her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been an assistant of many, and of myself 3 also. Salute Priscas and Aquila, my fellow-labourers in 4 Christ Jesus: (who for my life have laid down their own necks: to whom not I only give thanks, but all the
5 churches also of the gentiles:) salute likewise the church* in the house. Salute my well-beloved Epaenetus, who
6 is the first-fruits of Asiat to Christ. Salute Mary, who
7 hath laboured much for you. Salute Andronicus and Junias, my kinsmen and my fellow-prisoners, who are well known among the apostles; who also were in Christ
8 before me. Salute Amplias, my beloved in the Lord.
9 Salute Urbanus, our fellow-labourer in Christ; and Stachys,
10 my beloved. Salute Apelles, who is approved in Christ.
11 Salute those that are of Aristobulus's household. Salute Herodian, my kinsman. Salute those of Narcissus's
12 household, that are in the Lord. Salute Tryphena, and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute the beloved
13 Persis, who hath laboured much in the Lord. Salute Rufus, who is chosen in the Lord; and his mother and
14 mine. Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas,
15 Hermes, and the brethren that are with them. Salute Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas,
16 and all the saints that are with them. Salute one another with an 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 doc
18 trine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For those that are such, serve not our Lord [Jesus] Christ, but their own belly; and, by good words, and fair speeches, de
19 ceive the hearts of the innocent. For your obedience hath come abroad unto all men. I rejoice therefore on your account: but yet I would have you wise concerning
that which is good, and simple concerning that which 20 is evil. Now the God of peace will quickly bruise Satan* under your feet. The favour of our Lord Jesus
21 Christ be with you. 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
23 Lord. Gaius, mine host, and the host of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus, the treasurer of the city, and
24 Quartus, a brother, salute you. The favour of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you allt. Amenf.
s » Bad men. the instruments of Satan. The persecuting Jews. Sec Le Clerc on Hammond: and Whithy.* Neweome. t q. d. May you all enjoy the blessings of the gospel. See 2 Cor. ir. 15 ; vi. l* > Sce note p. 370.