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ROMANS.

Paul,
A slave of Jesus Christ,

By calling an Apostle,
Set apart to make known the Good News of God,

The Good News which he formerly announced By means of his prophets in Holy Writ about

his Son, About him who was born of David's race,

So far as flesh is concerned,
About him who was openly appointed God's

Son
When, by an act of power made possible

By a spirit of devotion,

He raised him from the dead; About Jesus Christ our Lord, by means of

whom We received the favor of a commission To promote among all nations for his name's

sake The obedience which springs from faith : And you yourselves also are among these,

And are by calling Jesus Christ's:

To all who are in Rome,
Loved by God, by calling devoted ones,

May favor be yours, and peace,
From God our Father, and the Lord Jesus
Christ.

1:8.

First, I keep thanking God through Jesus Christ for you all that your faith is being spoken of throughout the whole world. For God is my witness, he whom I am serving with my spirit in making known the Good News of his Son, how unceasingly I am always making mention of you in my prayers, asking whether in any way I shall now at length be prospered by the will of God to come to you. For I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, for the purpose of strengthening you. That is, that I may be helped by my intercourse with you at the same time that you are helped by means of that mutual faith which acts and reacts on each of us,-both yours and mine.

Now I do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, that I often intended to visit you, but so far have been prevented. I intended to do this so that I might have some fruit among you also just as I have among the other nations. I have a duty to perform both to Greeks and the people of other nations, both to wise and foolish. So, so far as I am able, I am eager to tell the Good News to you, also, who live in Rome.

ROM. 1:16.

MEN OF CORRUPT MINDS.

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For I am not ashamed of the Good News. For it is the power of God which brings salvation for every believer, both Jew and Greek. For a goodness of God is revealed in it, originating in faith and culminating in faith, just as it is written :

But the good man will live because of his faith.

excuse.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against every kind of irreverence and wickedness of men who keep wickedly suppressing the truth, because what is known by God is clear to them. For God made it clear to them. For ever since the world was made his unseen attributes, his eternal power and divinity, have been clearly seen by the mind in his works; so that they are without

Because, when they knew God, they did not praise him as God, nor give him thanks, but, on the contrary, gave way to idle speculation until their unpracticed spiritual vision became dulled. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and changed the majesty of the immortal God to the likeness of an image of mortal man, and of birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.

So, according to the desire of their hearts, God handed them over to the dominion of impurity to dishonor their bodies among themselves; those who changed the truth of God into a lie, and wor

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