the book of romans

The Book of Romans

Chapter 1

1Paul a seruant of Iesus Christ, called to bee an Apostle, separated vnto the Gospel of God,

2(Which he had promised afore by his Prophets in the holy Scriptures,)

3Concerning his Sonne Iesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of Dauid according to the flesh,

4And declared to be the Sonne of God, with power, according to the Spirit of holinesse, by the resurrection from the dead.

5By whom we haue receiued grace and Apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for his Name,

6Among whom are ye also the called of Iesus Christ.

7To all that be in Rome, beloued of God, called to be Saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Iesus Christ.

8First I thanke my God through Iesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

9For God is my witnesse, whom I serue with my spirit in the Gospel of his Sonne, that without ceasing I make mention of you, alwayes in my prayers,

10Making request, (if by any meanes now at length I might haue a prosperous iourney by the will of God) to come vnto you.

11For I long to see you, that I may impart vnto you some spirituall gift, to the end you may be established,

12That is, that I may be comforted together with you, by the mutual faith both of you and me.

13Now I would not haue you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come vnto you, (but was let hitherto) that I might haue some fruit among you also, euen as among other Gentiles.

14I am debter both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians, both to the wise, and to the vnwise.

15So, as much as in mee is, I am ready to preach the Gospel to you that are at Rome also.

16For I am not ashamed of the Gopel of Christ: for it is the power of God vnto saluation, to euery one that beleeueth, to the Iew first, and also to the Greeke.

17For therein is the righteousnesse of God reueiled from faith to faith: as it is written, The iust shall liue by faith.

18For the wrath of God is reueiled from heauen against all vngodlinesse, and vnrighteousnesse of men, who hold the trueth in vnrighteousnesse.

19Because that which may bee knowen of God, is manifest in them, for God hath shewed it vnto them.

20For the inuisible things of him from the Creation of the world, are clearely seene, being vnderstood by the things that are made, euen his eternall Power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse:

21Because that when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankefull, but became vaine in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened:

22Professing themselues to be wise, they became fooles:

23And changed the glory of the vncorruptible God, into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birdes, and foure footed beasts, and creeping things:

24Wherefore God also gaue them vp to vncleannesse, through the lusts of their owne hearts, to dishonour their owne bodies betweene themselues:

25Who changed the trueth of God into a lye, and worshipped and serued the creature more then the Creatour, who is blessed for euer. Amen.

26For this cause God gaue them vp vnto vile affections: for euen their women did change the naturall vse into that which is against nature:

27And likewise also the men, leauing the naturall vse of the woman, burned in their lust one towards another, men with men working that which is vnseemely, and receiuing in themselues that recompense of their errour which was meet.

28And euen as they did not like to retaine God in their knowledge, God gaue them ouer to a reprobate minde, to doe those things which are not conuenient:

29Being filled with all vnrighteousnes, fornication, wickednesse, couetousnes, maliciousnes, full of enuie, murther, debate, deceit, malignitie, whisperers,

30Backbiters, haters of God, despitefull, proude, boasters, inuenters of euill things, disobedient to parents;

31Without vnderstanding, couenant breakers, without naturall affection, implacable, vnmercifull;

32Who knowing the iudgement of God, (that they which commit such things, are worthy of death) not onely do the same, but haue pleasure in them that doe them.

Chapter 2

1Therefore, thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoeuer thou art that iudgest: for wherein thou iudgest another, thou condemnest thy selfe, for thou that iudgest doest the same things.

2But wee are sure that the iudgement of God is according to trueth, against them which commit such things.

3And thinkest thou this, O man, that iudgest them which doe such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the iudgement of God?

4Or despisest thou the riches of his goodnesse, and forbearance, and long suffering, not knowing that the goodnes of God leadeth thee to repentance?

5But after thy hardnesse, and impenitent heart, treasurest vp vnto thy selfe wrath, against the day of wrath, and reuelation of the righteous iudgement of God:

6Who will render to euery man according to his deedes:

7To them, who by patient continuance in well doing, seeke for glorie, and honour, and immortalitie, eternall life:

8But vnto them that are contentious, & doe not obey the trueth, but obey vnrighteousnes, indignation, & wrath,

9Tribulation, and anguish vpon euery soule of man that doeth euill, of the Iew first, and also of the Gentile.

10But glory, honour, and peace, to euery man that worketh good, to the Iew first, and also to the Gentile.

11For there is no respect of persons with God.

12For as many as haue sinned without Law, shall also perish without Law: and as many as haue sinned in the Law, shalbe iudged by the Law.

13(For not the hearers of the Law are iust before God, but the doers of the Law shalbe iustified;

14For when the Gentiles which haue not the Law, doe by nature the things contained in the Law: these hauing not the Law, are a Law vnto themselues,

15Which shew the worke of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witnesse, and their thoughts the meane while accusing, or else excusing one another:

16In the day when God shall iudge the secrets of men by Iesus Christ, according to my Gospel.

17Behold, thou art called a Iew, and restest in the Law, and makest thy boast of God:

18And knowest his will, and approuest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the Law,

19And art confident that thou thy selfe art a guide of the blinde, a light of them which are in darkenesse:

20An instructour of the foolish, a teacher of babes: which hast the forme of knowledge and of the trueth in the Law:

21Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thy selfe? thou that preachest a man should not steale, doest thou steale?

22Thou that sayest a man should not commit adulterie, doest thou commit adulterie? thou that abhorrest idols, doest thou commit sacriledge?

23Thou that makest thy boast of the Law, through breaking the Law dishonourest thou God?

24For the Name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles, through you, as it is written:

25For Circumcision verily profiteth if thou keepe the Law: but if thou be a breaker of the Law, thy Circumcision is made vncircumcision.

26Therefore, if the vncircumcision keepe the righteousnesse of the Law, shall not his vncircumcision be counted for Circumcision?

27And shall not vncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfill the Law, iudge thee, who by the letter, and Circumcision, doest transgresse the Law?

28For hee is not a Iew, which is one outwardly, neither is that Circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

29But he is a Iew which is one inwardly, and Circumcision is, that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter, whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Chapter 3

1What aduantage then hath the Iew? or what profit is there of Circumcision?

2Much euery way: chiefly, because that vnto them were committed the Oracles of God.

3For what if some did not beleeue? shall their vnbeliefe make the faith of God without effect?

4God forbid: yea, let God be true, but euery man a lier, as it is written, That thou mightest be iustified in thy sayings, and mightest ouercome when thou art iudged.

5But if our vnrighteousnesse commend the righteousnesse of God, what shall we say? is God vnrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speake as a man)

6God forbid: for then how shall God iudge the world?

7For if the trueth of God hath more abounded through my lye vnto his glory; why yet am I also iudged as a sinner?

8And not rather as wee be slanderously reported, and as some affirme that we say, Let vs doe euill, that good may come: whose damnation is iust.

9What then? are wee better then they? No in no wise: for we haue before proued both Iewes, and Gentiles, that they are all vnder sinne,

10As it is written, There is none righteous, no not one:

11There is none that vnderstandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

12They are all gone out of the way, they are together become vnprofitable, there is none that doeth good, no not one.

13Their throat is an open sepulchre, with their tongues they haue vsed deceit, the poyson of Aspes is vnder their lippes:

14Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitternesse:

15Their feet are swift to shed blood.

16Destruction & misery are in their wayes:

17And the way of peace haue they not knowen.

18There is no feare of God before their eyes.

19Now we know that what things soeuer the Law saith, it saith to them who are vnder the Law: that euery mouth may bee stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

20Therefore by the deedes of the Law, there shall no flesh be iustified in his sight: for by the Law is the knowledge of sinne.

21But nowe the righteousnesse of God without the Lawe is manifested, being witnessed by the Lawe and the Prophets.

22Euen the righteousnesse of God, which is by faith of Iesus Christ vnto all, and vpon all them that beleeue: for there is no difference:

23For all haue sinned, and come short of the glory of God,

24Being iustified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Iesus Christ:

25Whom God hath set forth to bee a propitiation, through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousnesse for the remission of sinnes, that are past, through the forbearance of God.

26To declare, I say, at this time his righteousnesse: that hee might bee iust, and the iustifier of him which beleeueth in Iesus.

27Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what Law? Of works? Nay: but by the Law of faith.

28Therefore wee conclude, that a man is iustified by faith, without the deeds of the Law.

29Is he the God of the Iewes only? Is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:

30Seeing it is one God which shal iustifie the circumcision by faith, and vncircumcision through faith.

31Doe we then make void the lawe through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the Law.

Chapter 4

1What shall we say then, that Abraham our father, as perteining to the flesh, hath found?

2For if Abraham were iustified by workes, hee hath whereof to glory, but not before God.

3For what saith the Scripture? Abraham beleeued God, and it was counted vnto him for righteousnes.

4Now to him that worketh, is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

5But to him that worketh not, but beleeueth on him that iustifieth the vngodly; his faith is counted for righteousnesse.

6Euen as Dauid also describeth the blessednesse of the man, vnto whom God imputeth righteousnesse without works:

7Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiuen, and whose sinnes are couered.

8Blessed is the man to whome the Lord will not impute sinne.

9Commeth this blessednes then vpon the circumcision onely, or vpon the vncircumcision also? for wee say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousnesse.

10How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in vncircumcision? not in circumcision, but in vncircumcision.

11And hee receiued the signe of circumcision, a seale of the righteousnesse of the faith, which hee had yet being vncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that beleeue, though they be not circumcised; that righteousnesse might be imputed vnto them also:

12And the father of circumcision, to them who are not of the circumcision onely, but also walke in the steppes of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet vncircumcised.

13For the promise that he should be the heire of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed through the Lawe, but through the righteousnesse of faith.

14For if they which are of the law be heires, faith is made voide, and the promise made of none effect.

15Because the law worketh wrath: for where no Lawe is, there is no transgression.

16Therefore it is of faith, that it might bee by grace; to the ende the promise might be sure to all the seede, not to that onely which is of the Law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of vs all,

17(As it is written, I haue made thee a father of many nations) before him whom he beleeued, euen God who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which bee not, as though they were,

18Who against hope, beleeued in hope, that hee might become the father of many nations: according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seede bee.

19And being not weake in faith, hee considered not his owne body now dead, when hee was about an hundred yere old, neither yet the deadnes of Saraes wombe.

20Hee staggered not at the promise of God through vnbeliefe: but was strong in faith, giuing glory to God:

21And being fully perswaded, that what he had promised, he was able also to performe.

22And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousnesse.

23Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him:

24But for vs also, to whome it shall bee imputed, if wee beleeue on him that raised vp Iesus our Lord from the dead,

25Who was deliuered for our offences, and was raised againe for our iustification.

Chapter 5

1Therefore being iustified by faith, wee haue peace with God, through our Lord Iesus Christ.

2By whom also wee haue accesse by faith, into this grace wherein wee stand, and reioyce in hope of the glory of God.

3And not onely so, but we glory in tribulations also, knowing that tribulation worketh patience:

4And patience, experience: and experience, hope:

5And hope maketh not ashamed, because the loue of God is shed abroad in our hearts, by the holy Ghost, which is giuen vnto vs.

6For when wee were yet without strength, in due time, Christ died for the vngodly.

7For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peraduenture for a good man, some would euen dare to dye.

8But God commendeth his loue towards vs, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for vs.

9Much more then being now iustified by his blood, we shalbe saued from wrath through him.

10For if when wee were enemies, we were reconciled to God, by the death of his sonne: much more being reconciled, we shalbe saued by his life.

11And not onely so, but wee also ioy in God, through our Lorde Iesus Christ, by whom we haue now receiued the atonement.

12Wherefore, as by one man sinne entred into the world, and death by sin: and so death passed vpon all men, for that all haue sinned.

13For vntill the Law sinne was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no Law.

14Neuertheles, death reigned from Adam to Moses, euen ouer them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adams transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come:

15But not as the offence, so also is the free gift: for if through the offence of one, many bee dead: much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man Iesus Christ, hath abounded vnto many.

16And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the iudgement was by one to condemnation: but the free gift is of many offences vnto iustification.

17For if by one mans offence, death raigned by one, much more they which receiue abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousnes, shall reigne in life by one, Iesus Christ.

18Therfore as by the offence of one, iudgment came vpon all men to condemnation: euen so by the righteousnes of one, the free gift came vpon all men vnto iustification of life.

19For as by one mans disobedience many were made sinners: so by the obedience of one, shall many bee made righteous.

20Moreouer, the Lawe entred, that the offence might abound: but where sinne abounded, grace did much more abound.

21That as sinne hath reigned vnto death; euen so might grace reigne thorow righteousnes vnto eternall life, by Iesus Christ our Lord.

Chapter 6

1What shall we say then? shall wee continue in sinne: that grace may abound?

2God forbid: how shall wee that are dead to sinne, liue any longer therein?

3Know ye not, that so many of vs as were baptized into Iesus Christ, were baptized into his death?

4Therefore wee are buryed with him by baptisme into death, that like as Christ was raised vp from the dead by the glorie of the Father: euen so wee also should walke in newnesse of life.

5For if we haue bene planted together in the likenesse of his death: wee shalbe also in the likenesse of his resurrection:

6Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the bodie of sinne might bee destroyed, that hencefoorth we should not serue sinne.

7For he that is dead, is freed from sinne.

8Now if we be dead with Christ, we beleeue that we shal also liue with him:

9Knowing that Christ being raysed from the dead, dieth no more, death hath no more dominion ouer him.

10For in that he dyed, he dyed vnto sinne once: but in that hee liueth, hee liueth vnto God.

11Likewise reckon yee also your selues to be dead indeed vnto sinne: but aliue vnto God, through Iesus Christ our Lord.

12Let not sinne reigne therfore in your mortall body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

13Neither yeeld yee your members as instruments of vnrighteousnes vnto sinne: but yeelde your selues vnto God, as those that are aliue from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousnesse vnto God.

14For sinne shall not haue dominion ouer you, for yee are not vnder the Law, but vnder Grace.

15What then? shal we sinne, because wee are not vnder the Law, but vnder Grace? God forbid.

16Know ye not, that to whom yee yeeld your selues seruants to obey, his seruants ye are to whom ye obey: whether of sinne vnto death, or of obedience vnto righteousnesse?

17But God bee thanked, that yee were the seruants of sinne: but ye haue obeyed from the heart that fourme of doctrine, which was deliuered you.

18Being then made free from sinne, yee became the seruants of righteousnesse.

19I speake after the maner of men, because of the infirmitie of your flesh: for as yee haue yeelded your members seruants to vncleannesse and to iniquitie, vnto iniquitie: euen so now yeelde your members seruants to righteousnesse, vnto holinesse.

20For when yee were the seruants of sinne ye were free from righteousnesse.

21What fruit had yee then in those things, whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

22But now being made free from sinne, and become seruants to God, yee haue your fruit vnto holinesse, and the end euerlasting life.

23For the wages of sinne is death: but the gift of God is eternall life, through Iesus Christ our Lord.

Chapter 7

1Know ye not, brethren (for I speake to them that knowe the Lawe) how that the Lawe hath dominion ouer a man, as long as he liueth?

2For the woman which hath an husbaud, is bound by the law to her husband, so long as he liueth: but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of the husband.

3So then if while her husband liueth, shee be married to another man, shee shalbe called an adulteresse: but if her husband be dead, shee is free from that law, so that she is no adulteresse, though she be married to another man.

4Wherefore my brethren, yee also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ, that ye should be married to another, euen to him who is raised from the dead, that wee should bring forth fruit vnto God,

5For when wee were in the flesh, the motions of sinnes which were by the law, did worke in our members, to bring foorth fruit vnto death.

6But now wee are deliuered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held, that we should serue in newnesse of spirit, and not in the oldnesse of the letter.

7What shall wee say then? is the law sinne? God forbid. Nay, I had not knowen sinne, but by the lawe: for I had not knowen lust, except the Law had said, Thou shalt not couet.

8But sinne taking occasion by the commaundement, wrought in me all maner of concupiscence. For without the Law sinne was dead.

9For I was aliue without the Law once, but when the commandement came, sinne reuiued, and I died.

10And the commandement which was ordained to life, I found to be vnto death.

11For sinne taking occasion by the commandement, deceiued me, and by it slew me.

12Wherefore the Law is holy, and the Commandement holy, and iust, and good.

13Was that then which is good, made death vnto me? God forbid. But sinne, that it might appeare sinne, working death in mee by that which is good: that sinne by the Commaundement might become exceeding sinfull.

14For wee know that the Law is spirituall: but I am carnall, sold vnder sinne.

15For that which I do, I allow not: for what I would, that do I not, but what I hate, that doe I.

16If then I doe that which I would not, I consent vnto the Law, that it is good.

17Now then, it is no more I that doe it: but sinne that dwelleth in me.

18For I know, that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing. For to will is present with me: but how to performe that which is good, I find not.

19For the good that I would, I do not: but the euill which I would not, that I doe.

20Now if I doe that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sinne that dwelleth in me.

21I find then a Law, that when I would do good, euil is present with me.

22For I delight in the Lawe of God, after the inward man.

23But I see another Lawe in my members, warring against the Lawe of my minde, and bringing me into captiuity to the Law of sinne, which is in my members.

24O wretched man that I am: who shall deliuer me from the body of this death?

25I thanke God through Iesus Christ our Lord. So then, with the mind I my self serue the Law of God: but with the flesh, the law of sinne.

Chapter 8

1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Iesus, who walke not after the flesh, but after the spirit.

2For the law of the spirit of life, in Christ Iesus, hath made me free from the law of sinne and death.

3For what the law could not doe, in that it was weake through the flesh, God sending his owne Sonne, in the likenesse of sinnefull flesh, and for sinne condemned sinne in the flesh:

4That the righteousnesse of the law might be fulfilled in vs, who walke not after the flesh, but after the spirit.

5For they that are after the flesh, doe minde the things of the flesh: but they that are after the spirit, the things of the spirit.

6For to be carnally minded, is death: but to be spiritually minded, is life and peace:

7Because the carnall minde is enmitie against God: for it is not subiect to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

8So then they that are in the flesh, cannot please God.

9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if so be that the spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man haue not the spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

10And if Christ in you, the body is dead because of sinne: but the spirit is life, because of righteousnesse.

11But if the spirit of him that raised vp Iesus from the dead, dwell in you: he that raised vp Christ from the dead, shall also quicken your mortall bodies, by his spirit that dwelleth in you.

12Therfore brethren, we are detters, not to the flesh, to liue after the flesh.

13For if ye liue after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the spirit doe mortifie the deeds of the body, ye shall liue.

14For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sonnes of God.

15For ye haue not receiued the spirit of bondage againe to feare: but ye haue receiued the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, father.

16The spirit it selfe beareth witnes with our spirit, that we are the children of God.

17And if children, then heires, heires of God, and ioynt heires with Christ: if so be that we suffer with him, that wee may be also glorified together.

18For I reckon, that the sufferings of this present time, are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be reuealed in vs.

19For the earnest expectation of the creature, waiteth for the manifestation of the sonnes of God.

20For the creature was made subiect to vanitie, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subiected the same in hope:

21Because the creature it selfe also shall bee deliuered from the bondage of corruption, into the glorious libertie of the children of God.

22For wee know that the whole creation groaneth, and trauaileth in paine together vntill now.

23And not only they, but our selues also which haue the first fruites of the spirit, euen we our selues groane within our selues, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

24For wee are saued by hope: but hope that is seene, is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

25But if wee hope for that wee see not, then doe wee with patience waite for it.

26Likewise the spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what wee should pray for as wee ought: but the spirit it selfe maketh intercession for vs with groanings, which cannot bee vttered.

27And he that searcheth the hearts, knoweth what is the minde of the spirit, because he maketh intercession for the Saints, according to the will of God.

28And wee know that all things worke together for good, to them that loue God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his sonne, that hee might bee the first borne amongst many brethren.

30Moreouer, whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also iustified: and whom he iustified, them he also glorified.

31What shall wee then say to these things? If God be for vs, who can bee against vs?

32He that spared not his owne son, but deliuered him vp for vs all: how shall hee not with him also freely giue vs all things?

33Who shall lay any thing to the charge of Gods elect? It is God that iustifieth:

34Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather that is risen againe, who is euen at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for vs.

35Who shall separate vs from the loue of Christ? shall tribulation, or distresse, or persecution, or famine, or nakednesse, or perill, or sword?

36(As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long, wee are accounted as sheepe for the slaughter.)

37Nay in all these things wee are more then conquerours, through him that loued vs.

38For I am perswaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shalbe able to separate vs from the loue of God, which is in Christ Iesus our Lord.

Chapter 9

1I say the trueth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing mee witnesse in the holy Ghost,

2That I haue great heauinesse, and continuall sorrow in my heart.

3For I could wish that my selfe were accursed from Christ, for my brethren my kinsemen according to the flesh:

4Who are Israelites: to whom perteineth the adoption, and the glory, and the couenants, and the giuing of the Law, and the seruice of God, and the promises:

5Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is ouer all, God blessed for euer, Amen.

6Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel which are of Israel:

7Neither because they are the seed of Abraham are they all children: but in Isaac shall thy seed be called.

8That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

9For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall haue a sonne.

10And not onely this, but when Rebecca also had conceiued by one, euen by our father Isaac,

11(For the children being not yet borne, neither hauing done any good or euil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of workes, but of him that calleth.)

12It was said vnto her, The elder shall serue the yonger.

13As it is written, Iacob haue I loued, but Esau haue I hated.

14What shall we say then? Is there vnrighteousnes with God? God forbid.

15For hee saith to Moses, I will haue mercy on whom I wil haue mercie, and I will haue compassion on whom I will haue compassion.

16So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

17For the Scripture saith vnto Pharaoh, Euen for this same purpose haue I raised thee vp, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my Name might bee declared throughout all the earth.

18Therefore hath hee mercie on whom hee will haue mercy, and whom he will, he hardeneth.

19Thou wilt say then vnto mee; Why doeth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?

20Nay but O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?

21Hath not the potter power ouer the clay, of the same lumpe, to make one vessell vnto honour, and another vnto dishonour?

22What if God, willing to shew his wrath, & to make his power knowen, indured with much long suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

23And that he might make knowen the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which hee had afore prepared vnto glorie?

24Euen vs whom hee hath called, not of the Iewes onely, but also of the Gentiles.

25As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people: and her, beloued, which was not beloued.

26And it shall come to passe, that in the place where it was saide vnto them, Ye are not my people, there shall they bee called the children of the liuing God.

27Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shalbe saued.

28For he will finish the worke, and cut it short in righteousnesse: because a short worke will the Lord make vpon the earth.

29And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabboth had left vs a seed, we had bene as Sodoma, and bene made like vnto Gomorrha.

30What shall wee say then? That the Gentiles which followed not after righteousnesse, haue attained to righteousnesse, euen the righteousnesse which is of faith:

31But Israel which followed after the Law of righteousnesse, hath not attained to the Law of righteousnes.

32Wherefore? because they sought it, not by faith, but as it were by the works of the Law: for they stumbled at that stumbling stone,

33As it is written, Beholde, I lay in Sion a stumbling stone, and rocke of offence: and whosoeuer beleeueth on him, shall not be ashamed.

Chapter 10

1Brethren, my hearts desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saued.

2For I beare them record, that they haue a zeale of God, but not according to knowledge.

3For they being ignorant of Gods righteousnesse, and going about to establish their owne righteousnesse, haue not submitted themselues vnto the righteousnesse of God.

4For Christ is the end of the Law for righteousnes to euery one that beleeueth.

5For Moses describeth the righteousnesse which is of the Law, that the man which doeth those things shall liue by them.

6But the righteousnesse which is of faith, speaketh on this wise: Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heauen? That is to bring Christ down from aboue.

7Or, Who shall descend into the deepe? That is to bring vp Christ againe from the dead.

8But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, euen in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that is the word of faith which we preach,

9That if thou shalt confesse with thy mouth the Lord Iesus, and shalt beleeue in thine heart, that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saued.

10For with the heart man beleeueth vnto righteousnesse, and with the mouth confession is made vnto saluation.

11For the Scripture saith, Whosoeuer beleeueth on him, shall not bee ashamed.

12For there is no difference betweene the Iew and the Greeke: for the same Lord ouer all, is rich vnto all, that call vpon him.

13For whosoeuer shall call vpon the Name of the Lord, shall be saued.

14How then shall they call on him in whom they haue not beleeued? and how shal they beleeue in him, of whom they haue not heard? and how shall they heare without a Preacher?

15And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written: How beautifull are the feete of them that preach the Gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

16But they haue not all obeyed the Gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath beleeued our report?

17So then, faith commeth by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

18But I say, haue they not heard? yes verely, their sound went into all the earth, and their words vnto the ends of the world.

19But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will prouoke you to iealousie by them that are no people, & by a foolish nation I will anger you.

20But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not: I was made manifest vnto them, that asked not after me.

21But to Israel he sayth, All day long I haue stretched foorth my hands vnto a disobedient and gainesaying people.

Chapter 11

1I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbidde. For I also am an Israelite of the seede of Abraham, of the tribe of Beniamin.

2God hath not cast away his people which hee foreknew. Wote yee not what the Scripture saieth of Elias? how hee maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,

3Lord, they haue killed thy Prophets, and digged downe thine Altars, and I am left alone, and they seeke my life.

4But what saieth the answere of God vnto him? I haue reserued to my selfe seuen thousand men, who haue not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.

5Euen so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

6And if by grace, then is it no more of workes: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it bee of workes, then is it no more grace, otherwise worke is no more worke.

7What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for, but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded,

8According as it is written, God hath giuen them the spirit of slumber: eyes that they should not see, and eares that they should not heare vnto this day.

9And Dauid sayth, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumbling blocke, and a recompense vnto them.

10Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow downe their backe alway.

11I say then; Haue they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid. But rather through their fall, saluation is come vnto the Gentiles, for to prouoke them to ielousie.

12Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them, the riches of the Gentiles: how much more their fulnesse?

13For I speake to you Gentiles, in as much as I am the Apostle of the Gentiles, I magnifie mine office:

14If by any means I may prouoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might saue some of them.

15For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world: what shal the receiuing of them be, but life from the dead?

16For if the first fruite bee holy, the lumpe is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.

17And if some of the branches bee broken off, and thou being a wilde oliue tree wert graffed in amongst them, and with them partakest of the roote and fatnesse of the Oliue tree:

18Boast not against the branches: but if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.

19Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might bee graffed in.

20Well: because of vnbeliefe they were broken off, and thou standest by fayth. Be not high minded, but feare.

21For if God spared not the natural branches, take heede least hee also spare not thee.

22Beholde therefore the goodnesse and seueritie of God: on them which fell, seueritie; but towards thee, goodnesse, if thou continue in his goodnesse: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

23And they also, if they bide not still in vnbeliefe, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graffe them in againe.

24For if thou wert cut out of the Oliue tree which is wilde by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good Oliue tree: how much more shall these which be the naturall branches, bee graffed into their owne Oliue tree?

25For I would not, brethren, that ye should bee ignorant of this mysterie (least yee should bee wise in your owne conceits) that blindnesse in part is happened to Israel, vntill the fulnes of the Gentiles be come in.

26And so all Israel shall be saued, as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliuerer, and shall turne away vngodlinesse from Iacob.

27For this is my couenant vnto them, when I shall take away their sinnes.

28As concerning the Gospel, they are enemies for your sake: but as touching the election, they are beloued for the fathers sakes.

29For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

30For as yee in times past haue not beleeued God, yet haue now obtained mercy through their vnbeliefe:

31Euen so haue these also now not beleeued, that through your mercy they also may obtaine mercy.

32For God hath concluded them all in vnbeliefe, that he might haue mercy vpon all.

33O the depth of the riches both of the wisedome and knowledge of God! how vnsearchable are his iudgements, and his wayes past finding out!

34For who hath knowen the mind of the Lord, or who hath bene his counseller?

35Or who hath first giuen to him, and it shall bee recompensed vnto him againe?

36For of him, and through him, and to him are all things: to whom be glory for euer. Amen.

Chapter 12

1I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that yee present your bodies a liuing sacrifice, holy, acceptable vnto God, which is your reasonable seruice.

2And bee not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renuing of your minde, that ye may proue what is that good, that acceptable and perfect will of God.

3For I say, through the grace giuen vnto mee, to euery man that is among you, not to thinke of himselfe more highly then hee ought to thinke, but to thinke soberly, according as God hath dealt to euery man the measure of faith.

4For as we haue many members in one body, and all members haue not the same office:

5So we being many are one bodie in Christ, and euery one members one of another.

6Hauing then gifts, differing according to the grace that is giuen to vs, whether prophecie, let vs prophecie according to the proportion of faith.

7Or ministery, let vs wait, on our ministring: or hee that teacheth, on teaching:

8Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giueth, let him doe it with simplicitie: hee that ruleth, with diligence: hee that sheweth mercy, with cheerefulnesse.

9Let loue bee without dissimulation: abhorre that which is euill, cleaue to that which is good.

10Bee kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly loue, in honour preferring one another.

11Not slouthfull in busines: feruent in spirit, seruing the Lord.

12Reioycing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing instant in prayer.

13Distributing to the necessitie of Saints; giuen to hospitalitie.

14Blesse them which persecute you, blesse, and curse not.

15Reioyce with them that doe reioice, and weepe with them that weepe.

16Be of the same mind one towards another. Minde not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Bee not wise in your owne conceits.

17Recompence to no man euill for euill. Prouide things honest in the sight of all men.

18If it be possible, as much as lyeth in you, liue peaceably with all men.

19Dearely beloued, auenge not your selues, but rather giue place vnto wrath: for it is written, Uengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.

20Therefore if thine enemie hunger, feed him: if he thirst, giue him drink. For in so doing thou shalt heape coales of fire on his head.

21Be not ouercome of euill, but ouercome euill with good.

Chapter 13

1Let euery soule bee subiect vnto the higher powers: For there is no power but of God. The powers that be, are ordeined of God.

2Whosoeuer therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist, shall receiue to themselues damnation.

3For rulers are not a terrour to good works, but to the euill. Wilt thou then not bee afraide of the power? doe that which is good, and thou shalt haue praise of the same.

4For hee is the minister of God to thee for good: but if thou do that which is euill, be afraid: for he beareth not the sword in vaine: for he is the minister of God, a reuenger to execute wrath vpon him that doeth euill.

5Wherfore ye must needs be subiect, not onely for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

6For, for this cause pay you tribute also: for they are Gods ministers, attending continually vpon this very thing.

7Render therfore to all their dues, tribute to whom tribute is due, custome to whome custome, feare to whome feare, honour to whom honour.

8Owe no man any thing, but to loue one another: for hee that loueth another hath fulfilled the Law.

9For this, Thou shalt not commit adulterie, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steale, Thou shalt not beare false witnesse, Thou shalt not couet: and if there be any other commandement, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt loue thy neighbour as thy selfe.

10Loue worketh no ill to his neighbour, therefore loue is the fulfilling of the Law.

11And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleepe: for now is our saluation neerer then when we beleeued.

12The night is farre spent, the day is at hand: let vs therefore cast off the workes of darkenesse, and let vs put on the armour of light.

13Let vs walke honestly as in the day, not in rioting and drunkennesse, not in chambring and wantonnes, not in strife and enuying.

14But put yee on the Lord Iesus Christ, and make not prouision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.

Chapter 14

1Him that is weake in the faith receiue you, but not to doubtfull disputations.

2For one beleeueth that he may eat all things: another who is weake, eateth herbes.

3Let not him that eateth, despise him that eateth not: and let not him which eateth not, iudge him that eateth. For God hath receiued him.

4Who art thou that iudgest an other mans seruant? to his owne master he standeth or falleth; Yea he shall bee holden vp: for God is able to make him stand.

5One man esteemeth one day aboue another: another esteemeth euery day alike. Let euery man bee fully perswaded in his owne minde.

6He that regardeth a day, regardeth it vnto the Lord; and hee that regardeth not the day, to the Lord hee doeth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for hee giueth God thankes: and hee that eateth not, to the Lord hee eateth not, and giueth God thankes.

7For none of vs liueth to himselfe, and no man dieth to himselfe.

8For whether we liue, we liue vnto the Lord: and whether wee die, we die vnto the Lord: whether wee liue therefore or die, we are the Lords.

9For to this ende Christ both died, and rose, and reuiued, that hee might be Lord both of the dead and liuing.

10But why doest thou iudge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? wee shall all stand before the Iudgement seat of Christ.

11For it is written, As I liue, saith the Lord, euery knee shall bow to mee, and euery tongue shall confesse to God.

12So then euery one of vs shall giue accompt of himselfe to God.

13Let vs not therefore iudge one another any more: but iudge this rather, that no man put a stumbling blocke, or an occasion to fall in his brothers way.

14I know, and am perswaded by the Lord Iesus, that there is nothing vncleane of it selfe: but to him that esteemeth any thing to bee vncleane, to him it is vncleane.

15But if thy brother be grieued with thy meate: now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.

16Let not then your good be euill spoken of.

17For the kingdome of God is not meat and drinke; but righteousnes, and peace, and ioy in the holy Ghost.

18For hee that in these things serueth Christ, is acceptable to God, and approued of men.

19Let vs therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edifie an other.

20For meat, destroy not the worke of God: all things indeed are pure; but it is euill for that man who eateth with offence.

21It is good neither to eate flesh, nor to drinke wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weake.

22Hast thou faith? haue it to thy selfe before God. Happie is he that condemneth not himselfe in that thing which hee alloweth.

23And hee that doubteth, is damned if hee eate, because hee eateth not of faith: For whatsoeuer is not of faith, is sinne.

Chapter 15

1Wee then that are strong, ought to beare the infirmities of the weake, and not to please our selues.

2Let euery one of vs please his neighbour for his good to edification.

3For euen Christ pleased not himselfe, but as it is written, The reproches of them that reproched thee, fell on mee.

4For whatsoeuer things were written aforetime, were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might haue hope.

5Now the God of patience and consolation graunt you to be like minded one towards another, according to Christ Iesus:

6That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorifie God, euen the Father of our Lord Iesus Christ.

7Wherfore receiue yee one another, as Christ also receiued vs, to the glory of God.

8Now I say, that Iesus Christ was a Minister of the circumcision for the trueth of God, to confirme the promises made vnto the fathers:

9And that the Gentiles might glorifie God for his mercie, as it is written, For this cause I will confesse to thee among the Gentiles, and sing vnto thy Name.

10And againe he saith, Reioyce yee Gentiles with his people.

11And againe, Praise the Lord all ye Gentiles, and laud him all ye people.

12And againe Esaias saith, There shal be a roote of Iesse, and he that shal rise to raigne ouer the Gentiles, in him shall the Gentiles trust.

13Nowe the God of hope fill you with all ioy and peace in beleeuing, that yee may abound in hope through the power of the holy Ghost.

14And I my selfe also am perswaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodnesse, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.

15Neuerthelesse, brethren, I haue written the more boldly vnto you, in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is giuen to mee of God,

16That I should be the minister of Iesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministring the Gospel of God, that the offering vp of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the holy Ghost.

17I haue therfore whereof I may glory through Iesus Christ, in those things which pertaine to God.

18For I will not dare to speake of any of those things, which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deede,

19Through mighty signes and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Hierusalem and round about vnto Illyricum, I haue fully preached the Gospel of Christ.

20Yea, so haue I striued to preach the Gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build vpon another mans foundation:

21But as it is written, To whom hee was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that haue not heard, shall vnderstand.

22For which cause also I haue been much hindered from coming to you.

23But now hauing no more place in these parts, and hauing a great desire these many yeeres to come vnto you:

24Whensoeuer I take my iourney into Spaine, I will come to you: for I trust to see you in my iourney, and to be brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your company.

25But now I goe vnto Hierusalem, to minister vnto the Saints.

26For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia, to make a certaine contribution for the poore Saints which are at Hierusalem.

27It hath pleased them verely, and their detters they are. For if the Gentiles haue bene made partakers of their spirituall things, their duetie is also to minister vnto them in carnall things.

28When therefore I haue performed this, and hane sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spaine.

29And I am sure that when I come vnto you, I shall come in the fulnes of the blessing of ├że Gospel of Christ.

30Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Iesus Christs sake, and for the loue of the Spirit, that ye striue together with me, in your praiers to God for me,

31That I may bee deliuered from them that do not beleeue in Iudea, and that my seruice which I haue for Hierusalem, may bee accepted of the Saints:

32That I may come vnto you with ioy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed.

33Now the God of peace bee with you all. Amen.

Chapter 16

1I commend vnto you Phebe our sister, which is a seruant of the Church which is at Cenchrea:

2That ye receiue her in the Lord as becommeth Saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoeuer businesse she hath need of you: for she hath beene a succourer of many, and of my selfe also.

3Greete Priscilla and Aquila, my helpers in Christ Iesus:

4(Who haue for my life laid downe their owne neckes: vnto whome not onely I giue thankes, but also all the Churches of the Gentiles.)

5Likewise greet the Church that is in their house. Salute my welbeloued Epenetus, who is the first fruits of Achaia vnto Christ.

6Greete Marie, who bestowed much labour on vs.

7Salute Andronicus and Iunia my kinsmen, and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the Apostles, who also were in Christ before me.

8Greet Amplias my beloued in the Lord.

9Salute Urbane our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloued.

10Salute Appelles approoued in Christ. Salute them which are of Aristobulus houshold.

11Salute Herodion my kinsman. Greet them that be of the houshold of Narcissus, which are in the Lord.

12Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute the beloued Persis, which laboured much in the Lord.

13Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.

14Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren which are with them.

15Salute Philologus & Iulia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the Saints which are with them.

16Salute one another with an holy kisse. The Churches of Christ salute you.

17Now I beseech you, brethren, marke them which cause diuisions and offences, contrary to the doctrine which ye haue learned, and auoide them.

18For they that are such, serue not our Lord Iesus Christ, but their owne belly, and by good wordes and faire speeches deceiue the hearts of the simple.

19For your obedience is come abroad vnto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalfe: but yet I would haue you wise vnto that which is good, and simple concerning euill.

20And the God of peace shal bruise Satan vnder your feete shortly. The grace of our Lord Iesus Christ be with you. Amen.

21Timotheus my worke-fellow, and Lucius, and Iason, and Sosipater my kinsemen salute you.

22I Tertius who wrote this Epistle, salute you in the Lord.

23Gaius mine hoste, and of the whole Church, saluteth you. Erastus the Chamberlaine of the citie saluteth you, and Quartus a brother.

24The grace of our Lord Iesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

25Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my Gospel, and the preaching of Iesus Christ, according to the reuelation of the the mysterie, which was kept secret since the world began:

26But now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the Prophets according to the commandement of the euerlasting God, made knowen to all nations for the obedience of faith,

27To God, onely wise, bee glorie through Iesus Christ, for euer. Amen.Written to the Romanes from Corinthus, and sent by Phebe seruant of the Church at Cenchrea.