RKJNT(i) 1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 (Which he promised beforehand by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) 3 Concerning his Son, who was born a descendant of David according to the flesh; 4 And through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by the resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, to bring about the obedience of faith among all the nations, for his name's sake; 6 And you also are among those called to belong to Jesus Christ: 7 To all 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, because 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 in my prayers; 10 Making request, that by some means I might now at last, by the will of God, succeed in coming to you. 11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so you may be established; 12 That is, that we may together be comforted, each by the other's faith, both yours and mine. 13 Now I would not have you be ignorant, brethren, that I often intended to come to you, (but was prevented until now,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among the other Gentiles. 14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the barbarians; both to the wise, and to the foolish. 15 So, for my part, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also. 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for 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 the ungodliness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known about God is evident to them; for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world his invisible nature, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly seen, being understood by the things that have been made; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because, though they knew God, they did not glorify him as God, nor were they thankful; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling corruptible man, and birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. 24 Therefore God gave them up, through the lusts of their own hearts, to sexual impurity, to dishonour their own bodies among themselves: 25 Because they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up to vile affections: for even their women exchanged natural relations for that which is against nature: 27 And likewise the men, leaving their natural relations with woman, burned in their lust toward one another; men with men doing that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 And as they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper. 29 They were filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, covetousness, malice; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malevolence; whisperers, 30 Slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, untrustworthy, without natural affection, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the just decree of God, that those who commit such things are worthy of death, not only do these things, but applaud those who practice them.