1 PAUL, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God 2 (which he promised of old by his prophets in the holy scriptures) 3 concerning his Son, who was born of David's offspring by natural descent 4 and installed as Son of God with power by the Spirit of holiness when he was raised from the dead — concerning Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom I have received the favour of my commission to promote obedience to the faith for his sake among all the Gentiles, 6 including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ: 7 to all in Rome who are beloved by God, called to be saints, grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 8 First of all, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because the report of your faith is over all the world. 9 God is my witness, the God whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, how unceasingly I always mention you in my prayers, 10 asking if I may at last be sped upon my way to you by God's will. 11 For I do yearn to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift for your strengthening — 12 or, in other words, that I may be encouraged by meeting you, I by your faith and you by mine. 13 Brothers, I would like you to understand that I have often purposed to come to you (though up till now I have been prevented) so as to have some results among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 To Greeks and to barbarians, to wise and to foolish alike, I owe a duty. 15 Hence my eagerness to preach the gospel to you in Rome as well. 16 For I am proud of the gospel; it is God's saving power for everyone who has faith, for the Jew first and for the Greek as well. 17 God's righteousness is revealed in it by faith and for faith — as it is written, Now by faith shall the righteous live. 18 But God's anger is revealed from heaven against all the impiety and wickedness of those who hinder the Truth by their wickedness. 19 For whatever is to be known of God is plain to them; God himself has made it plain — 20 for ever since the world was created, his invisible nature, his everlasting power and divine being, have been quite perceptible in what he has made. So they have no excuse. 21 Though they knew God, they have not glorified him as God nor given thanks to him; they have turned to futile speculations till their ignorant minds grew dark. 22 They claimed to be wise, but they have become fools; 23 they have exchanged the glory of the immortal God for the semblance of the likeness of mortal man, of birds, of quadrupeds, and of reptiles. 24 So God has given them up, in their heart's lust, to sexual vice, to the dishonouring of their own bodies, — 25 since they have exchanged the truth of God for an untruth, worshipping and serving the creature rather than the Creator who is blessed for ever: Amen. 26 That is why God has given them up to vile passions; their women have exchanged the natural function of sex for what is unnatural, 27 and in the same way the males have abandoned the natural use of women and flamed out in lust for one another, men perpetrating shameless acts with their own sex and getting in their own persons the due recompense of their perversity. 28 Yes, as they disdained to acknowledge God any longer, God has given them up to a reprobate instinct, for the perpetration of what is improper, 29 till they are filled with all manner of wickedness, depravity, lust, and viciousness, filled to the brim with envy, murder, quarrels, intrigues, and malignity — slanderers, 30 defamers, loathed by God, outrageous, haughty, boastful, inventive in evil, disobedient to parents, 31 devoid of conscience, false to their word, callous, merciless; 32 though they know God's decree that people who practise such vice deserve death, they not only do it themselves but applaud those who practise it.
Bible verses about "discouragement" | Moffatt
1 My dear children, I am writing this to you that you may not sin; but if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father in Jesus Christ the just; 2 he is himself the propitiation for our sins, though not for ours alone but also for the whole world. 3 This is how we may be sure we know him, by obeying his commands. 4 He who says, 'I know him,' but does not obey his commands, is a liar and the truth is not in him; 5 but whoever obeys his word, in him love to God is really complete. This is how we may be sure we are in him: 6 he who says he 'remains in him' ought to live as he lived. 7 Beloved, I am not writing you any new command, but an old command which you have had from the very beginning: the old command is the word you have heard. 8 And yet it is a new command I am writing to you — realized in him and also in yourselves, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. 9 He who says he is 'in the light' and hates his brother, is in darkness still. 10 He who loves his brother remains in the light — and in the light there is no pitfall; 11 but he who hates his brother is in darkness, he walks in darkness and does not know where he is going, for the darkness has blinded his eyes. 12 My dear children, I am writing to you, because your sins are forgiven for his sake: 13 fathers, I am writing to you, because you know him who is from the very beginning: young men, I am writing to you, because you have conquered the evil One. Children, I have written to you, because you know the Father: 14 fathers, I have written to you, because you know him who is from the very beginning: young men, I have written to you, because you are strong, and the word of God remains within you, and you have conquered the evil One. 15 Love not the world, nor yet what is in the world; if anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the proud glory of life, belongs not to the Father but to the world; 17 and the world is passing away with its desire, while he who does the will of God remains for ever. 18 Children, it is the last hour. You have learned that 'Antichrist is coming.' Well, but many antichrists have appeared — which makes us sure it is the last hour. 19 They withdrew from us, but they did not belong to us; had they belonged to us, they would have remained with us, but they withdrew to make it plain that they are none of us. 20 Now, you have been anointed by the holy One, and you all possess knowledge. 21 I am not writing to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and know that no lie has any connexion with the truth. 22 Who is the real liar? who but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is 'antichrist,' he who disowns the Father and the Son. 23 No one who disowns the Son can possess the Father: he who confesses the Son possesses the Father as well. 24 Let that remain in you which you learned from the very beginning; if what you learned from the very beginning remains with you, then you will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 Now this is what he has promised you, eternal life. 26 I am writing to you in this way about those who would deceive you, 27 but the unction you received from him remains within you, and you really need no teaching from anyone; simply remain in him, for his unction teaches you about everything and is true and is no lie — remain in him, as it has taught you to do. 28 Remain within him now, my dear children, so that when he appears we may have confidence, instead of shrinking from him in shame at his arrival. 29 As you know he is just, be sure that everyone who practises righteousness is born of him.
1 PAUL and Silvanus and Timotheus, to the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: 2 grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 We are bound always to thank God for you, brothers — it is proper that we should, because your faith grows apace and your mutual love, one and all, is increasing. 4 So much so, that throughout the churches of God we are proud of you, proud of the stedfastness and faith you display through all the persecutions and the troubles in which you are involved. 5 They are proof positive of God's equity; you are suffering for the realm of God, and he means to make you worthy of it — 6 since God considers it but just to repay with trouble those who trouble you, 7 and repay you who are troubled (as well as us) with rest and relief, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven together with the angels of his power 8 in flaming fire, to inflict punishment on those who ignore God, even on those who refuse obedience to the gospel of our Lord Jesus, 9 men who will pay the penalty of being destroyed eternally from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, 10 when he comes to be glorified in his saints and marvelled at in all believers on that day (for our testimony has found confirmation in your lives). 11 In view of this we always pray for you, asking our God to make you worthy of his calling and by his power to fulfil every good resolve and every effort of faith, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you (and you glorified in him), by the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
20 while they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word by the miracles that endorsed it. (b) But they gave Peter and his companions a brief account of all these injunctions. And, after that, Jesus himself sent out by means of them from east to west the sacred and imperishable message of eternal salvation.
12 people even carried away towels or aprons he had used, and at their touch sick folk were freed from their diseases and evil spirits came out of them.
1 And I was given a reed like a rod, and told, "Rise up and measure the temple of God and the altar, numbering the worshippers; 2 but omit the court outside the temple, do not measure that, for it has been given over to the Gentiles; and the city will be under their heel for two and forty months. 3 But I will allow my two witnesses to prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clad in sackcloth 4 (they are the two olive-trees and the two lampstands which stand before the Lord of the earth): 5 whoever tries to harm them, fire will issue from their mouth and consume their enemies; whoever should try to harm them, so must he be killed." 6 They have power to shut up the sky, so that no rain falls during the days when they are prophesying; and they have power over the waters, to turn them into blood, and also to smite the earth with all manner of plagues as often as they choose. 7 But, when they have finished their testimony, the Beast that ascends from the abyss will make war on them and conquer them and kill them, 8 and their corpses will lie in the streets of that great City whose mystical name is Sodom and Egypt — where their Lord also was crucified. 9 For three days and a half men from all peoples and tribes and tongues and nations look at their corpses, refusing to let their corpses be buried; 10 and the dwellers on earth will gloat over them and rejoice, sending presents to congratulate one another — for these two prophets were a torment to the dwellers on earth. 11 But after three days and a half the breath of life from God entered them; they stood on their feet (terror fell on those who saw them) 12 and heard a loud voice from heaven telling them, "Come up here." So up to heaven they went in a cloud, before the eyes of their enemies. 13 At that hour a great earthquake took place, a tenth of the City was destroyed, and seven thousand souls perished in the earthquake: the rest were awestruck, and gave glory to the God of heaven. 14 The second woe has passed: the third woe soon is coming. 15 Then the seventh angel blew; and loud voices followed in heaven, crying, "The rule of the world has passed to our Lord and his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever." 16 Then the four and twenty Presbyters who are seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshipped God, 17 saying, "We thank thee, Lord God almighty, who art and wast, that thou hast assumed thy great power and begun to reign; 18 the nations were enraged, but thine anger has come; the time has come for the dead to be judged, the time for rewarding thy servants the prophets, and the saints who reverence thy name, both low and high, the time for destroying the destroyers of the earth." 19 Then the temple of God in heaven was thrown open, and the ark of his covenant was seen inside his temple; there were flashes of lightning, loud blasts, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and a hailstorm.
15 But the Lord said to him, "Go; I have chosen him to be the means of bringing my Name before the Gentiles and their kings as well as before the sons of Israel.
8 You will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses at Jerusalem, throughout all Judaea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, as you had faith; it is not your doing but God's gift,
2 Beloved, I pray you may prosper in every way and keep well — as indeed your soul is keeping well.
6 and apart from faith it is impossible to satisfy him, for the man who draws near to God must believe that he exists and that he does reward those who seek him.
1 Therefore, with all this host of witnesses encircling us, we must strip off every handicap, strip off sin with its clinging folds, to run our appointed course steadily,
10 The thief only comes to steal, to slay, and to destroy: I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.
7 Well then, submit yourselves to God; resist the devil, and he will fly from you:
31 Now what follows from all this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
58 Well then, my beloved brothers, hold your ground, immovable; abound in work for the Lord at all times, for you may be sure that in the Lord your labour is never thrown away.
13 May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in your faith, that you may be overflowing with hope by the power of the holy Spirit!
7 let all your anxieties fall upon him, for his interest is in you.
26 So too the Spirit assists us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray aright, but the Spirit pleads for us with sighs that are beyond words,
33 I have said all this to you that in me you may have peace; in the world you have trouble, but courage! I have conquered the world.
9 but he told me, "It is enough for you to have my grace: it is in weakness that [my] power is fully felt." So I am proud to boast of all my weakness, and thus to have the power of Christ resting on my life.