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 "spiteful people" | Moffatt
1 Well, my very first counsel is that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgiving, are to be offered for all men — 2 for kings and all in authority, that we may lead a tranquil life in all piety and gravity; 3 it is good to pray thus, it is acceptable to our Saviour, 4 to the God who desires all men to be saved and to attain the knowledge of the Truth. 5 For "there is one God" and "one intermediary between God and men, 6 the man Christ Jesus who gave himself as a ransom for all": — in due time this was attested, 7 and I was appointed to be its herald and apostle (I am not telling a lie, it is quite true), to teach the Gentiles faith and truth. 8 Now I want the men to offer prayer at any meeting of the church; and let the hands they lift to heaven be holy — they must be free from anger and dissension. 9 Women in turn are to dress modestly and quietly in seemly garb; they are not to adorn themselves with plaits of hair, with gold or pearls or expensive finery, 10 but with good deeds (as befits women who make a religious profession). 11 A woman must listen quietly in church and be perfectly submissive; 12 I allow no woman to teach or dictate to men, she must keep quiet. 13 For Adam was created first, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, it was Eve who was deceived and who fell into sin. 15 However, women will get safely through childbirth if they continue to be faithful and loving and holy as well as unassuming.
1 So off with all malice, all guile and insincerity and envy and slander of every kind! 2 Like newly-born children, thirst for the pure, spiritual milk to make you grow up to salvation. 3 You have had a taste of the kindness of the Lord: 4 come to him then — come to that living Stone which men have rejected and God holds choice and precious, 5 come and, like living stones yourselves, be built into a spiritual house, to form a consecrated priesthood for the offering of those spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For thus it stands in the scripture: Here I lay a Stone in Sion, a choice, a precious cornerstone: he who believes in him will never be disappointed. 7 Now you believe, you hold him 'precious,' but as for the unbelieving — the very stone the builders rejected is now the cornerstone, 8 a stone over which men stumble and a rock of offence; they stumble over it in their disobedience to God's word. Such is their appointed doom. 9 But you are the elect race, the royal priesthood, the consecrated nation, the People who belong to Him, that you may proclaim the wondrous deeds of Him who has called you from darkness to his wonderful light — 10 you who once were no people and now are God's people, you who once were unpitied and now are pitied. 11 Beloved, as sojourners and exiles I appeal to you to abstain from the passions of the flesh that wage war upon the soul. 12 Conduct yourselves properly before pagans; so that for all their slander of you as bad characters, they may come to glorify God when you are put upon your trial, by what they see of your good deeds. 13 Submit for the Lord's sake to any human authority; submit to the emperor as supreme, 14 and to governors as deputed by him for the punishment of wrongdoers and the encouragement of honest people — 15 for it is the will of God that by your honest lives you should silence the ignorant charges of foolish persons. 16 Live like free men, only do not make your freedom a pretext for misconduct; live like servants of God. 17 Do honour to all, love the brotherhood, reverence God, honour the emperor. 18 Servants, be submissive to your masters with perfect respect, not simply to those who are kind and reasonable but to the surly as well — 19 for it is a merit when from a sense of God one bears the pain of unjust suffering. 20 Where is the credit in standing punishment for having done wrong? No, if you stand suffering for having done right, that is what God counts a merit. 21 It is your vocation; for when Christ suffered for you, he left you an example, and you must follow his footsteps. 22 He committed no sin, no guile was ever found upon his lips; 23 he was reviled and made no retort, he suffered and never threatened, but left everything to Him who judges justly; 24 he bore our sins in his own body on the gibbet, that we might break with sin and live for righteousness; and by his wounds you have been healed. 25 You were astray like sheep, but you have come back now to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.