MKJV(i) 1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, a called apostle, separated to the gospel of God 2 (which He had promised beforehand through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures), 3 about His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who was made of the seed of David according to the flesh, 4 who was marked out the Son of God in power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead; 5 by whom we have received grace and apostleship, to obedience to the faith among all nations, for His name; 6 among whom you also are the called-out ones of Jesus Christ: 7 to all those who are 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 10 always in my prayers, making request if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come to you. 11 For I long to see you, so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, to you for the establishing of you. 12 And this is to be comforted together with you by our mutual faith, both yours and mine. 13 But I would not have you ignorant, brothers, that oftentimes I purposed to come to you, and was kept back until the present; that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other nations. 14 I am debtor both to the Greeks and to the foreigners, both to the wise and to the unwise. 15 So, as much as is in me lies, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who 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 everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is 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 suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because the thing which may be known of God is clearly revealed within them, for God revealed it to them. 20 For the unseen things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being realized by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, for them to be without excuse. 21 Because, knowing God, they did not glorify Him as God, neither were thankful. But they became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man, and birds, and four-footed animals, and creeping things. 24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves. 25 For they changed the truth of God into a lie, and they worshiped and served the created thing more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 For this cause, God gave them up to dishonorable affections. For even their women changed 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 toward one another; males with males working out shamefulness, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was fitting for their error. 28 And even as they did not think fit to have God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do the things not right, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; being full of envy, murder, quarrels, deceit, evil habits, becoming whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, insolent, proud, braggarts, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, perfidious, without natural affection, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous order of God, that those practicing such things are worthy of death, not only do them, but have pleasure in those practicing them.