EJ2000(i) 1 ¶ Paul, slave of Jesus, the Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God 2 (which he had promised before by his prophets in the holy scriptures) 3 of his Son (who was born unto him of the seed of David according to the flesh, 4 who was declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of sanctification, by the resurrection from the dead), of Jesus, the Christ, our Lord. 5 By whom we have received the grace and the apostleship, to cause the faith to be obeyed among all the Gentiles in his name, 6 among whom ye are also the called of Jesus Christ; 7 to all that are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints; ye have grace and peace of God our Father and of the Lord Jesus, the Christ. 8 ¶ First, I thank my God through Jesus, the Christ, regarding you all, that your faith is preached in all the world. 9 For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I always remember you in my prayers, 10 making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you. 11 For I long to see you that I may impart with you some spiritual gift to confirm you, 12 that is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. 13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that many times I purposed to come unto you (but up until now I have been unable) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles. 14 I am debtor both to the Greeks and to the Barbarians; both to the wise and to the unwise. 15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to announce the gospel to you that are at Rome also. 16 ¶ For I am not ashamed of the gospel of the Christ; for it is the power of God to give saving health to every one that believes: to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in him is the righteousness of God 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 injustice of men, who hold back the truth with injustice; 19 ¶ because that which is known of God is manifest to them; for God has showed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him, his eternal power and divinity, are clearly understood by the creation of the world and by the things that are made so that there is no excuse; 21 because having known God, they did not glorify him as God, neither were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image of corruptible man and of birds and of fourfooted beasts and of serpents. 24 Therefore God also gave them over to the lusts of their own hearts for uncleanness, to contaminate their own bodies between themselves, 25 who changed the truth of God into a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for all ages. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto shameful affections, for even their women changed the natural use into that which is against nature; 27 and likewise also the males, leaving the natural use of the females, burned in their lust one toward another, males with males committing nefarious works and receiving in themselves the recompense that proceeded from their error. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a perverse understanding, to do those things which are not convenient, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, without mercy. 32 Who having understood the righteousness of God, they did not understand that those who do such things are worthy of death, not only those that do the same, but even those who encourage those that do them.