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    Romans – Legacy Edition

    A letter to the Christian congregation of Rome that was written (possibly in Aramaic) by Tertius for the Apostle Paul sometime in the middle of 1st Century CE.

    Chapter 1

    1 Paul, a slave of Jesus the Anointed One, who is called an Apostle and was set aside for the good news of God 2 that He promised through His Prophets in the Holy Scriptures,
    3 which tell about His Son who came in the flesh from the seed of David 4 and who proved to be God’s Son in a powerful way when he (by [God’s] Holy Breath) was resurrected from the dead… yes, Jesus the Anointed One and our Lord,
    5 through whom we’ve received loving care and a commission that we have obeyed so that the gentiles might also believe in his name 6 and be called, [that they too might] belong to the Anointed Jesus.

    7 To all those in Rome that are loved by God and have a holy calling;
    May you have favor and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus, the Anointed.

    8 First, I thank my God for all of you through the Anointed Jesus, because your faith is being announced throughout the whole world.
    9 For my God (who appointed me to use my breath in service to the good news about His Son) is my Witness that I never fail to mention you in my prayers.
    10 I keep begging that I might find a way (as it is God’s Will) to come to you sometime; 11 for I long to see you so that I might be able to give you some spiritual gift that would make you unshakable…
    12 Or perhaps we could encourage each other through our faith (both yours and mine).

    13 I don’t want you to fail to recognize this, brothers:
    I planned to come to you many times, but I’ve been prevented from doing so until now so that I could find the same type of fruitage that I have in you among the rest of the gentiles 14 (the Greeks and the barbarians, the wise and the ignorant… all those to whom I am indebted).
    15 Yet I’m still eager to preach the good news to you there in Rome also.

    16 I’m not ashamed of the good news, because it’s the power that God uses to save everyone that has faith… first the Jews, and then the Greeks.
    17 For God’s righteous ways are revealed in the faith of the faithful.
    Notice that it is written:
    ‘It’s by their faith that the righteous will live.’

    18 However, God’s rage is also being displayed from the heavens against all the ungodly and bad people that unrighteously try to resist the truth.
    19 For everything that can be known about God already shines among them, because God made it shine among them!
    20 Indeed, His invisible qualities can be seen in everything that He’s made since the creation of the cosmos.
    And when they understand these things that clearly demonstrate His eternal power and might, it leaves them without any excuses!

    21 Yet, though they already know God, they don’t glorify Him as God or give thanks to Him.
    Therefore, their thoughts are wasted and their foolish hearts are darkened.
    22 And while they claim to be wise, they’ve become morons, 23 since they’ve turned the glory of the incorruptible God into images of corruptible men, or of flying creatures, or of four-footed creatures, or of things that slither.

    24 So God is allowing them the uncleanness that their hearts have desired so as to dishonor their bodies.
    25 Yes, they’ve exchanged the truth of God for a lie and they’ve started worshiping and serving things that were created rather than the One that created them… the One who is to be praised through the ages.
    May it be so.

    26 Therefore, this is why God has abandoned them to their dishonorable passions; for their females have changed the natural use of themselves into something that’s unnatural, 27 and the same is true of their males…
    They’ve left the natural use of females and started burning in their lust toward each other – males with males – doing what is indecent and receiving the reward that they deserve for such wrongdoing.

    28 Yes, because they don’t approve of coming to an accurate knowledge of The God, He has given them depraved minds, which make them do these wrong things.
    29 So they’ve become filled with unrighteousness, wickedness, greediness, badness, envy, murder, arguing, deceitfulness, rudeness, and gossip.
    30 [They are] slanderers, God haters, insolent, proud, braggarts, inventors of badness, disobedient to parents, 31 without any understanding, and agreement breakers that are without any natural love or mercy.
    32 So though they know the righteous judgments of God very well (that those who do such things deserve death); they not only keep on doing them, but they also approve of others who do such things!

    Chapter 2

    1 Therefore, you are defenseless, O man, if you’re someone that judges others;
    For when you judge others you’re condemning yourselves, since you’re doing the very same things that you judge [to be wrong in them]… 2 and we know that God’s judgment on those that do such things is righteous.

    3 So when you judge those that do the things that you’re also doing, do you think that you will somehow escape God’s judgment…
    4 Or are you taking the loving care, the patience, and the tolerance that He’s shown toward you for granted?

    What you should really understand is that these [fine] qualities of God are just trying to lead you toward repentance!

    5 But now, because of your hard and unrepentant hearts, you’re storing away a treasure of rage upon yourselves that [will come] in the day of fury when the righteous decisions of God will be seen 6 and He pays everyone back for the things that they’ve been doing.

    7 Now, those that do good things are searching for age-long life, as well as glory, honor, and incorruption.
    8 But for the ones that like to argue and disobey the truth by being unrighteous, there’ll just be just wrath, anger, 9 and some very hard times.
    Yes, this is what will come into the lives of all those who work at doing what’s bad (to the Jews first and then to the Greeks).
    10 However, there will be glory, honor, and peace for all those that are working at doing what’s good (for the Jews first and then for the Greeks), 11 because God makes no distinction between them.

    12 Indeed, all those that are without the Law and are sinning will perish without the Law, while those that are under the Law and still sin are condemned by the Law.
    13 For God doesn’t consider anyone righteous that just listens to the Law… only those that obey the Law will be found righteous.

    14 However, when people of the nations that don’t have the Law naturally obey things in the Law, they not only have the Law, they are the Law!
    15 For when they are obeying the Laws, they show that it’s written in their hearts and it’s working with their consciences, which examine their thoughts.
    So it’s [their own hearts] that will either accuse them or defend them 16 in the Day that God judges the hidden things of men by this good news that I’m preaching through the Anointed Jesus.

    17 So if you are called a Jew and you’re resting on the Law and taking pride in your God, 18 and if you understand His Will and all the excellent instructions of the Law 19 and you consider yourself to be a guide to the blind and a light to those in darkness 20 (that you’re someone who can instruct the unreasonable and teach babies), and if you fully grasp all the knowledge and truth in the Law…
    21 Then do you, [the one] that is teaching others, also teach yourselves?
    Do you that preach, Do not steal, steal?
    22 Do you that teach, Do not commit adultery, commit adultery?
    Do you who teach others to be disgusted with idols, rob temples?
    23 Do you that teach others pride in [God’s] Laws, dishonor God by breaking the Law?
    24 For it’s written:
    ‘God’s Name is being blasphemed among the nations because of you people!’

    25 Of course, circumcision is good… that is, as long as you’re obeying the Law.
    But if you’re a person that breaks the Law, then your circumcision has really become uncircumcision.
    26 However, if an uncircumcised person obeys the righteous requirements of the Law; won’t his uncircumcision be considered circumcision?
    27 Therefore, if those that are uncircumcised obey the Law naturally (except for what it says about being circumcised), they’re really judging those of you that break the Law!

    28 As you can see, being a Jew isn’t something that is visible, for [true] circumcision isn’t something that can be seen in the flesh.
    29 Rather, being a Jew is something that’s inside you, since circumcision comes from the spirit of the heart, not from something that’s written…
    It’s not there to be praised by men, but by God!

    Chapter 3

    1 So in what way is a Jew superior, or of what benefit is circumcision?
    2 It’s really a huge benefit in every way! For God entrusted His Word to the hands [of the circumcised].
    3 And if some [of them] don’t believe; does their lack of faith prove that faith in God is worthless?
    4 May that never happen! Rather, let God be proven true even if that makes every man a liar!
    As it is written:
    ‘So, Your decisions are righteous,
    And in Your judgments, You’ve proven just.’

    5 However, if our unrighteousness [is exposed by] God’s righteousness; what can we say?
    Then God won’t be wrong when He brings His wrath, will He?
    So I’m saying this to everyone:
    6 May that never happen! Otherwise, how could God judge the world?

    7 But if I should tell a lie and that makes the truth of God and His glory grow; should I still be judged a sinner?
    8 Well, it’s [because you are doing such things] that people aren’t just slandering us, they’re proving that some of us are saying,
    ‘Let’s do bad things so that good things can happen.’
    And this is why such a condemnation is so well deserved!

    9 Is there anything that makes us [Jews] better than [gentiles]?
    No, not at all; for we have proven to you that both Jews and Greeks are sinners!
    10 As it is written:
    ‘No one is righteous… no not one!
    11 For there’s no one that truly understands
    And no one is searching for God,
    12 Since all have strayed and are useless.
    Also, no one is kind… no not one!
    13 For their throats are like open graves;
    With their tongues, they practice deceit;
    And the poison of asps is under their lips.

    14 ‘With cursing and shouting, their mouths have been filled,
    15 And their feet are ready to go and spill blood.
    16 In their swath, is misery and destruction;
    17 The road to peace, they’ve not known;
    18 For, in their eyes, there’s no fear of God.’

    19 Now, we know that everything that was said in the Law was meant for just those that are under the Law…
    For it stopped every mouth and proved the whole world to be deserving of God’s punishment.
    20 However, no flesh is going to be called righteous before Him by just obeying the Law, because all the Law did was help us to understand what sin is.
    21 Therefore, even the absence of the Law is revealing the righteousness of God… yes, the Law and the Prophets all testified to this!

    22 So this is why the righteousness of God is now coming to all those that believe and are showing their faith in Jesus the Anointed One.
    And it’s why there is no longer any difference between us, 23 since we’ve all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

    24 Understand that being called righteous is just a gift that [God] kindly gives to us through the ransom that was paid by the Anointed Jesus.
    25 For God sent him here as a sin offering so that when we have faith in his blood; the sins that we committed 26 back when God was just tolerating us can be forgiven.
    And this is what allows us to look into His righteous ways today… for He proves Himself righteous by calling [all] those that have faith in Jesus, righteous!

    27 So, where is our reason for boasting? It’s gone!
    Does it come from obeying the Law?
    No, it comes through the Law of Faith, 28 since we believe that a man is called righteous because of his faith, not by following the works of the Law!

    29 [Therefore, do you think that our God is] only the God of the Jews and that He’s not also [the God of] the gentiles?
    [Yes, He’s the God] of the gentiles also!
    30 So God is really the One that calls both the circumcised and the uncircumcised righteous because of their faith.

    31 Then can we say that our faith overrides the Law?
    Never may that happen! Rather, [our faith] makes the Law stronger!

    Chapter 4

    1 For example; consider our fleshly ancestor AbraHam.
    2 If [God] had called AbraHam righteous because of the things he did, [AbraHam] might have had a reason to boast… but not to God.
    3 What do the Scriptures say?
    AbraHam was counted as righteous because he believed in The God (gr. To Theo).’

    4 Remember that when a man works [for a living], his getting paid isn’t thought of as a kindness… it’s something that he’s owed!
    5 However, those that don’t actually do anything other than just believe in the One that calls the ungodly ones righteous are still counted as righteous because of their faith!

    6 Notice that David also spoke of how blest a man is if God has counted him as righteous despite [all the bad things] that he’s done.
    [For he wrote]:
    7 ‘Blest are those forgiven for their lawless ways
    And those whose sins He has covered…
    8 Blest are those in whom He has found no sin!’

    9 So, doesn’t this ‘blessing’ apply to both the circumcised and the uncircumcised?
    For it is written:
    ‘AbraHam was counted as righteous because of his faith.’
    10 And just what was [AbraHam’s] situation when [God] thought of him that way?
    Was this before he was circumcised or after he was circumcised?
    It wasn’t after he was circumcised, it was while he was uncircumcised!
    11 For the sign that he received (circumcision) was a seal of the righteousness that he showed before he was circumcised!

    Yes, He became the Father of those that have faith while they are still uncircumcised, so that they too can be counted as righteous.

    12 Therefore, He is the Father of circumcision to the uncircumcised, for He is the Father of those that follow in the faith and footsteps of our father AbraHam before he was circumcised!

    13 Indeed, AbraHam and his seed weren’t given the promise of inheriting the world because of the Law, but because of their righteous faith!
    14 For if [you could only] become heirs through the Law, then faith really has no value and the promise is worthless…
    15 Since all that the Law brings is [God’s] wrath.
    However, where there’s no law, there’s nothing to break!

    16 So, because we believe in [God’s] loving care, we must also believe that the promise applies to all those that are [AbraHam’s] seed!
    And these are not just the ones that are under the Law… they are all those that have the same faith as AbraHam, and he is is the father of us all!
    17 For, notice that it was written:
    ‘I’ve appointed you to be the father of many nations.’

    [You can see that when this was said about him, AbraHam] was standing before The God in whom he believed…
    The One that makes the dead alive and calls the things that aren’t and makes them exist.
    18 So although [AbraHam] really didn’t have any reason for hope, he started to believe that he would become the father of many nations; for he was told,
    ‘They will be your seed.’
    19 And the fact that his body was almost dead (since he was a hundred years old) and that the womb of Sarah was dead, didn’t weaken his faith, 20 because it was promised to him by The God in whom he trusted.
    So he was strengthened by something that was unbelievable… and God was glorified by his faith!
    21 For [AbraHam] was completely convinced that [God] could do whatever He promised…
    22 And this is why he was counted as righteous!

    23 Now the words, ‘he was counted as,’ weren’t just written for his sake, 24 but for the sake of all those whom [God] thinks of in that same way today…
    Those that believe in the One that raised our Lord Jesus from the dead.
    25 For after he had been offered up for our errors, he was then raised.
    And this is why we too can be counted as righteous!

    Chapter 5

    1 So, now that we’ve been declared righteous because of our faith, let’s enjoy the peace that we have with God through our Lord Jesus the Anointed One.
    2 For it’s through him that we have this faith and are able to bask in his loving care.

    Therefore, let’s boast about this hope [that we have] to the Glory of God.
    3 And let’s also boast about the difficulties that we are suffering, because we know that these difficulties are giving us endurance…
    4 The endurance to pass the tests…
    And passing the tests gives us a hope 5 that will never embarrass us, because it pours God’s love into our hearts through the Holy Breath that He is giving to us.

    6 For a fact;
    The Anointed One came right on time and he died for ungodly men back when we were still weak!
    7 Though few would be willing to die for the righteous, and even fewer would be willing to die for the good;
    8 God showed His love for us through the Anointed One, who died for us while we were still sinners!

    9 Now, since we’ve been called righteous by [Jesus’] blood; isn’t it even more likely that he will save us from [God’s] wrath?
    10 Because, if we found God’s favor through the death of His Son while we were still His enemies, how much more will we be saved by His [Son’s] life now that He [has shown how much He] cares for us!
    11 And not only that; but now, through our Lord Jesus the Anointed One, we’re also glorifying The God that has granted us this privilege.

    12 Understand that sin entered the world through one man, and that sin resulted in death.
    So by this [one] sin, death was passed on to all men and they have all sinned.

    13 Therefore, even before the Law arrived, there was sin in the world…
    However, sin isn’t counted [against us] when there’s no law to break. 14 But despite that, death still reigned from [the time of] Adam down to Moses, even over those that hadn’t sinned in the same wrong way that Adam had sinned…
    But he was a prototype of the one that was to come.

    15 Now, the sin [of Adam] can’t be compared to the gift [from God].
    For if death came to many because of the wrongdoing of one man; think of how much more the loving-care of God and His gift (the loving care of one man, Jesus the Anointed One) has brought such an abundance to so many!

    16 This true gift didn’t come from the one that had sinned (Adam)… indeed, his judgment was just condemnation.
    However, [God’s] gift is the justifying of many errors.
    17 So if death did in fact come to rule through that one error; how much greater is the abundance of the gift of righteousness and the receiving of life that will come to rule through the loving care of that one… Jesus the Anointed.

    18 Also, since the result of one error was to condemn all mankind;
    Then through this one righteous act, everyone can be counted righteous so they can live!
    19 And as the disobedience of one man caused many to become sinners;
    Through the obedience of this one [man], many will also be counted as righteous!

    20 Understand that the Law came along so as to show up many errors.
    However, where there are many sins, there is a superabundance of loving-care that can be shown.
    21 Therefore, as sin has reigned and brought death; [God’s] loving care will bring a righteous rule and age-long life through our Lord Jesus the Anointed.

    Chapter 6

    1 So, what can we say… should we remain sinners so there can be more [of His] loving care?
    2 May that never happen! For if we’ve died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?

    3 Don’t you know that all who were baptized into the Anointed Jesus were also baptized into his death?
    4 Therefore, since we were buried with the Anointed One by our baptism into his death; as he was raised from among the dead by the glory of the Father, we should be walking in a new way of life.
    5 Also, if we’ve been buried with him into the same type of death; then [like him], we too will be resurrected.

    6 However, we must recognize that the person we used to be was hung on a pole with [him] to bring an end to our sinful bodies…
    Which means that we shouldn’t be slaves to sin anymore!
    7 For those who have died have been acquitted of their sins!

    8 And if we believe that we have already died with the Anointed One, then we’ll be alive with him also.
    9 For we know that the Anointed One has been raised from the dead and that he won’t die again.
    Therefore, death isn’t his master anymore.
    10 So when he died, he died for sins once and for all time… and now he’s alive and he’s living to The God (gr. To Theo)!
    11 And in the same way, you should also consider yourselves dead when it comes to sin, but alive to The God through the Anointed Jesus.

    12 This is why you shouldn’t allow sin to rule your mortal bodies anymore and why you shouldn’t obey its desires…
    13 You should no longer offer your body parts to serve as unrighteous weapons of sin!
    Rather, you should offer yourselves to God as people who’ve been brought back to life from the dead, and [you should offer] your body parts to God as weapons of righteousness!
    14 Indeed, sin must not be your master… for you aren’t under the Law, you’re under [God’s] loving care.

    15 So if we are no longer under the Law but under [God’s] loving care, does this mean that we can just keep on sinning?
    May that never be so!
    16 Don’t you know that if you offer yourselves to obey someone as a slave, you’ve become that person’s slave?
    [So you’re] either [a slave] to sin, which results in death, or [a slave] to obedience, which results in righteousness.

    17 Thank God that though you used to be slaves to sin, your hearts have started to obey this teaching that you were given, 18 which has set you free from sin and made you slaves to righteousness!

    19 I’m going to put this in simple terms because of your fleshly weaknesses;
    Just as you once offered your body parts as unclean slaves to immorality and Law breaking, you must now offer your body parts as slaves to righteousness and holiness.
    20 For back when you were slaves to sin, you were free from any righteousness.
    21 And what was the result of the things [you did] back then?
    Aren’t these the very things that you’re so ashamed of now? And these are the things that lead to death!
    22 But now that you’ve been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, you can receive holiness and age-long life.
    23 For the wage of sin is death, while God’s gift is age-long life through the Anointed Jesus, our Lord.

    Chapter 7

    1 Are you ignorant, brothers?
    I’m telling those of you who know the Law that the Law is a man’s master for as long as he’s alive!
    2 This is the same situation as with a woman that is bound to the law of her man for as long as he’s alive. However, after he dies, she’s no longer under his law.
    3 So although she would be condemned as an adulteress if she were to ever become another man’s woman while her man is still alive; after he dies, she’s free from his law and she isn’t an adulteress if she marries another.

    4 So my brothers;
    You died to the Law through the body of the Anointed One, and now you belong to someone else…
    You’ve been raised from the dead so that you can now produce fruitage for God!
    5 Because, while you were fleshly, what the Law labels as sinful passions were working within you, and the fruitage they produced was death.
    6 But now that you’ve been set free from the Law (because you’ve died to the thing that held you down), you can become slaves to something new…
    To a newness of spirit, and not to some old writings anymore!

    7 So what should we say… that the Law is sinful?
    May that never be true!
    For I would never have known what sin was, were it not for the Law.
    For example; I wouldn’t have known what envy was if it weren’t the Law that said, ‘You must not envy.’
    8 However, when I learned about this sin from the Commandment, it created every sort of envy [in me].
    Yet before the Law arrived, [this wasn’t] a sin.

    9 Actually, I once lived without the Law; but after I came under its Commandments, sin came to life and I died.
    10 Therefore, I found that the Commandments that were supposed to lead me to life, led me to death…
    11 For the sins that I learned about in the Commandments seduced me and killed me.
    12 Nevertheless, the Law and the Commandments are still holy, righteous, and good.

    13 So what was it that killed me?
    Was it the thing that was good for me?
    May that never be true!
    Rather, it is the sin, when it was exposed as sin by that which is good for me, that [led me to] death… for the Commandments showed that the sin was something sinful!
    14 And this is because the Law is spiritual, while I am fleshly and sold into sin.
    15 So I really didn’t understand what I was doing… for I didn’t do the things that I wanted to do, and I didn’t like the things that I was doing.
    16 And despite the fact that I still do things that I don’t want to do, I say that the Law is good.
    17 For though I’m no longer under [the Law], sin is still dwelling within me.

    18 Now I know that nothing that’s dwelling within me (in this flesh) is any good; for though I want to do what’s right, I don’t always have the will to do it.
    19 So I don’t do the good things that I want to do and I still do bad things.
    20 Therefore, if I’m doing things that I don’t want to do, I’m really not in charge [of my body]… the sin that dwells there is! 21
    So though I find that I want to obey the Law and do good things; badness is always here with me.
    22 And though the man that I am on the inside really enjoys the Law of God; 23 my body parts are obeying a different law and they’re at war with the law of my mind…
    They drag me into the laws of sin that are there in my body parts.

    24 O what a miserable person that I am!
    Who will save me from this dying body?
    25 But thanks to God (through our Lord Jesus the Anointed);
    Though I’m a slave to sin’s law in my flesh, I’m still a slave to God’s Law in my mind!

    Chapter 8

    1 Understand that there’s nothing that can condemn those who are in the Anointed Jesus (those who are walking in the ways of the Spirit, not [in the ways of] the flesh), 2 because the law of the Spirit of Life that is in the Anointed Jesus didn’t come from the Law of sin and death.

    3 So the weakness of the Law is just the weakness of the flesh!
    And by sending His Son over this matter of sin (in what appeared to be sinful flesh), God condemned the sins of the flesh 4 so that the righteous requirements of the Law could be fulfilled in those of us who aren’t obeying the flesh, but the Spirit.
    5 For fleshly people just think about fleshly things, while spiritual people [think about] spiritual things.

    6 Indeed, the thoughts of the flesh bring death, while the thoughts of the Spirit bring life and peace.
    7 And obeying the flesh brings God’s rejection, because [the flesh] isn’t under God’s Law, nor can it ever be!
    8 Therefore, those that follow fleshly ways can never be pleasing to God.

    9 However, if God’s Breath is living in us, we are no longer fleshly but spiritual… and those that don’t have the spirit of the Anointed One don’t belong to him.
    10 So if the Anointed One is truly within you, your body is indeed dead to sin and his spirit is making you alive through righteousness.

    11 As the result; if the Spirit of the One that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, the One that raised the Anointed Jesus from the dead will also make your dying bodies alive through His Breath that’s in you.
    12 So brothers; since we don’t owe anything to the flesh, we shouldn’t be following fleshly [ways]!
    13 For if you’re living according to the flesh, you’re intending to die; but if through [God’s] Breath, you’re willing to destroy the deeds of the body, you will live!

    14 Indeed, all that are led by God’s Breath are Sons of God!
    15 [And because of this,] you didn’t receive a spirit of bondage to fear again; rather, you received a spirit of adoption, through which you can now call out, ‘Papa! Father!’
    16 This is the same Spirit that testifies to the spirit within us that we are God’s children…
    17 And if we’re [His] children, we’re also [His] heirs
    Yes, heirs of God and heirs along with the Anointed One!

    However, we will all have to suffer together so we can all be glorified together.
    18 And I don’t believe that the sufferings we are currently enduring amount to anything when they’re compared to the glory that’s going to be revealed in us.
    19 Indeed, [all] creation is awaiting and earnestly expecting the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For His creations were never willingly subjected to futility.
    Rather, they were subjected to it by the Will of the One that gave us the hope that 21 all creation will soon be set free from bondage to decay, and then [we can] enter the glorious freedom of the children of God!

    22 For we know that all creation has been groaning and in birth pains until now.
    23 And it isn’t alone, since even those of us who have received the first fruitage of [God’s] Breath groan within ourselves as we await the adoption and the [payment of] the ransom that will free our bodies.
    24 Yes, this is the hope that is saving us!

    Now, when you hope for something that you can see, that really isn’t hope… because people don’t hope for something that they can already see.
    25 However, if we keep on hoping for something that we haven’t seen, we’ll continue to patiently wait for it.

    26 And now we have the [Holy] Spirit that is helping us with our weaknesses, because we don’t always know what we should even be praying for.
    Yet the Spirit is always there, groaning the words [that we] haven’t spoken.
    27 And the One that searches hearts knows the thoughts of the Spirit; because, like a god, he’s an advocate for the holy ones.

    28 We know that God makes everything work together for the good of those that love Him (those that have been called to do His will).
    29 For He recognized them ahead of time and chose them to become like His Son, who was the firstborn from among many brothers!
    30 So He calls all those whom He chooses,
    He makes all those whom He chooses righteous,
    And He glorifies all those whom He makes righteous!

    31 Therefore, what can we say about all of this?
    If God is over us, who can come down on us?
    32 And since He didn’t even spare His Son but handed him over for all of our sakes; then why shouldn’t [we believe that] He will also give us everything else?
    33 For who can accuse those that have been chosen by God?

    Yes, if God has declared us to be righteous, 34 who can condemn us?
    So, since we now have the Anointed Jesus, who died, was raised from the dead, and is at God’s right hand pleading our case;
    35 What can ever take us away from the love of the Anointed One?
    Not hard times, nor difficulties, nor distress, nor persecution, nor hunger, nor nakedness, nor danger or even swords!

    36 It was written:
    ‘We’re being killed all day long for Your sake … we are thought of as sheep to be slaughtered!’

    37 However, through this One that loves us, we have conquered everything else!
    38 For I’m convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor governments, nor things that are happening or will happen, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to take us away from God’s love that is in the Anointed Jesus our Lord!

    Chapter 9

    1 In the name of the Anointed One, I’m telling you this as the truth (no, I’m not lying).
    For my conscience testifies with me in [God’s] Holy Breath 2 that I’m extremely sad and constantly sick at heart, 3 because I wish that I could be the one that is cursed by being separated from the Anointed One rather than my brothers and fleshly relatives, the IsraElites.
    4 For they’re the ones to whom the adoption as sons, the glory, the Sacred Agreement, the Law, the worship, and the promises belong.
    5 They’re the ones [that descended] from the forefathers and the ones through whom the Anointed One [came] in the flesh…
    Yes, praise God who is over it all through the ages.
    May it be so!

    6 However, God’s Word hasn’t failed in this, because not all that came from IsraEl are really IsraEl, 7 nor are AbraHam’s seed his only children.
    Though [it’s written],
    ‘That which will be called your seed will come through IsaAc;’
    8 [IsaAc’s] fleshly children aren’t all of the children of God
    For the children of the promise are that seed.

    9 Notice the promise that [AbraHam] was given:
    ‘I will return at this time and Sarah will have a son.’
    10 And this isn’t the only occasion. For when Rebecca was pregnant with twins from our forefather IsaAc, 11 and before they were born or did anything good or bad (just to show that God’s purposes don’t depend on the things we do, but on the One that does the choosing), 12 she was told:
    ‘The older will be the younger [one’s] slave.’
    13 And it was written:
    ‘I loved Jacob, but I didn’t care for Esau.’

    14 So what can we say?
    Is God unjust?
    May that never be true!
    15 But he told Moses:
    ‘I will show mercy upon whomever I choose to show mercy, and pity upon whomever I choose to feel pity.’
    16 So it doesn’t depend on the one that does the wishing or on the one that does the running, but on the mercy of God!
    17 For the Scriptures say that He told the PharaOh:
    ‘The reason why I raised you is so that I can show My powers through you, and to have My Name announced throughout the whole earth!’

    18 So the [point is this]:
    He shows mercy on whomever He wishes to show mercy, and He hardens [the hearts] of whomever He wishes.

    19 Therefore, you might ask:
    ‘Then why does [God] find fault with anyone who resists His plans?’

    20 O man, who are you to question God?
    Will the thing that is made ask its maker,
    ‘Why did you make me like this?’
    21 For isn’t the potter in charge of his clay; and can’t he make one pot for an honorable use and another for a dishonorable use from the same lump [of clay]?

    22 Therefore, God can choose to show His rage and make His power known through whatever pottery He’s had to endure.
    And if He made it for His rage, then it’s only fit to be destroyed!
    23 But He can also show the richness of His glory upon the pots of mercy that He has prepared ahead of time for glory…
    24 Those among us whom He has called not just from among the Jews, but also from among the gentiles!

    25 It’s as He said in Hosea:
    ‘I’ll call those who aren’t My people, My people,
    And the one I didn’t love, My loved one.
    26 So in those places where they were told, You’re not My people,
    They will be called, The Living God’s sons!

    27 Yet, IsaiAh shouted this about IsraEl:
    ‘The people of IsraEl will then grow to be as many as the sands of the seas from the few that survive.’
    28 And for a fact, [we can see that] the Lord is [now] bringing about this reduction on the earth.

    29 IsaiAh also prophesied:
    ‘If Jehovah of armies hadn’t left us a seed,
    We would have become just like Sodom
    And the same as GomorRah.’

    30 So this is why we can say that gentiles became righteous (although they weren’t trying to be righteous) with the [type of] righteousness that comes from faith, 31 while IsraEl, which was following a righteous Law, just didn’t make it!
    32 And why was that so?
    Because [IsraEl] didn’t look for it in faith, but in the things that they were doing… they tripped over the ‘stumbling stone.’
    33 As it is written:
    ‘{Look!} Upon the foundation of Zion,
    I’ll place a valuable stone…
    A costly, select cornerstone,
    In order to serve as its base.
    And those trusting in him will never be shamed.’

    Chapter 10

    1 Therefore brothers;
    The goodwill that I have in my heart for [the Jews] and the thing that I beg of God, is for them to be saved!
    2 For I can testify to the fact that though they have a zeal for God, they still don’t know [Him].
    3 And since they don’t understand God’s righteous ways and they’re always trying to prove their own ways to be righteous, they are unwilling to submit to God’s righteousness.
    4 However, the Anointed One fulfilled the Law so that he could bring righteousness to those that have faith.

    5 Notice thatMoses wrote:
    ‘You must follow all My rules and all My decisions… yes, follow them in such a way [that you learn to] live by them.’
    6 Yet, righteousness that is based on faith tells us:
    ‘Don’t ask in your hearts, Who could ascend into the heavens to bring the Anointed One down? 7 or, Who could descend into the abyss to bring the Anointed One up from the dead?’
    8 What does it say?
    ‘The words are close to you… they’re in your mouths and in your hearts.’
    And these are the words of faith that we are preaching!

    9 So if you confess and say the words in your mouths that Jesus is Lord, and if you truly believe in your hearts that God raised him from the dead, you’ll be saved!
    10 For heart-felt faith [moves you to] righteousness, and your mouth’s confession of this [leads you to] salvation.
    11 And the Scriptures tell us:
    ‘Those who believe in him will never be shamed.’

    12 Therefore, there’s really no difference between Jews or Greeks, because we all have the same Lord, and he provides abundantly for all those that call on him.
    13 Therefore, everyone that calls on the name of the Lord will be saved!
    14 However, how will they call on someone in whom they don’t believe?
    How will they believe in someone of whom they’ve never heard?
    How will they hear without someone to preach?
    15 And how will they preach if they aren’t sent?
    This is why it was written:
    ‘How beautiful are the feet of those that bring good news about good things!’

    16 Yet, not everyone will obey the good news; for notice that IsaiAh asked:
    Who has trusted our report of the Lord?’
    17 So, faith comes from hearing… that is, by hearing the things that the Anointed [One] said!
    18 So I’m now asking,
    Why haven’t they heard, since the call has gone throughout the whole earth… in fact, the words have reached to the ends of the earth!
    19 Yes I’m asking,
    Why doesn’t IsraEl already know?

    Notice that it was Moses that first told [them]:
    ‘I will provoke you to jealousy with those that are not [of your] nation and anger you with those that don’t understand.’

    20 Then IsaiAh dared to [write]:
    ‘I was seen by those not searching for Me,
    And found by those not asking for Me.
    I said, Here I am, to a nation
    That has never called on My Name.’

    21 And he went on to say this regarding IsraEl:
    ‘I’ve held out My hands all day long
    To a people that just will not listen
    And to those that prefer to talk back.’

    Chapter 11

    1 So let me ask: Has God pushed His people away?
    May that never be so!
    I am also an IsraElite…
    I’m the seed of AbraHam and of the tribe of BenJamin, 2 and God hasn’t rejected these people that He knew first!

    Don’t you remember what the scriptures tell us about what EliJah said as he was pleading with God concerning IsraEl?
    3 [He said]:
    ‘O Jehovah; They’ve killed Your Prophets, they’ve dug up Your Altars, and I’m the only one left… and now they’re seeking my life!

    4 And what was [God’s] reply?
    He said:
    ‘I’ve kept seven-thousand people for Myself that haven’t bent a knee to BaAl.’

    5 So the same thing is true today, for there are still some left who through [His] loving care, are being chosen.
    6 However, [receiving] His loving care doesn’t come to them because they are [obeying the Law], for if it did, His loving care wouldn’t really be loving care.

    7 Then what happened to IsraEl?
    Well, not all of them received the things that they were seeking…
    Just the ones that had been chosen from among them received it, while the rest just became more obstinate, 8 just as it’s written:
    ‘God gave them a spirit to slumber;
    So their eyes haven’t seen and their ears haven’t heard,
    Down to this very day.’

    9 David also said:
    ‘Let their table be a snare, trip lever, and trap
    As retribution upon them.
    10 Let their eyes grow dim, so they cannot see,
    And their backs forever bent double.’

    11 So I ask:
    Did they stumble so [badly that] they couldn’t be raised [again]?
    May that never be so!
    However, they’ve been missing out as the gentiles were being saved, in order to make them jealous.
    12 But if their missing out has enriched the world, and if their failures have enriched the gentiles; how much more will result when they are included?

    13 Now I want to address those of you that are gentiles:
    Since I’m really an Apostle to the gentiles, I can make my service even more glorious 14 if I can somehow make those that are my own flesh jealous and bring some of them to salvation.
    15 Because, if throwing them away will restore the world’s relationship [with God], then what will receiving them back again mean other than life for those who are dead?
    16 For if the first fruits [can be made] holy, [then the rest of the crop will also be holy]… and if the roots are holy, so are the branches!
    17 Therefore, if some of the branches were broken off so that you wild olives could be grafted in, you have become sharers in the fatness of that olive [tree’s] roots.
    18 So, don’t start cheering because those branches [were removed]; for if you find yourselves doing that, remember that you aren’t supporting the roots, they’re supporting you!

    19 Yes, you could in fact say,
    ‘The branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in’…
    20 and that’s a fact! They were broken off because they lacked faith, and you have taken their places because you have faith. But don’t think too much of yourselves… be afraid!
    21 For if God didn’t spare the natural branches, He doesn’t have to spare you either!

    22 Therefore, recognize God’s loving kindness as well as [His] willingness to remove.
    So, although those that have fallen have been cut off and you’re now receiving God’s loving care; it’s only yours for as long as you stay in that [good relationship], because you can be pruned off too!
    23 And then, if [the Jews] don’t continue in their disbelief, they will be grafted back in, since God can graft them back in again!
    24 For if you were cut from an olive tree that’s wild by nature and then (contrary to nature) grafted into the garden olive tree;
    Recognize how much easier it will be for those that are natural branches to be grafted back into their own olive tree once again!

    25 Brothers, I don’t want you to ignore this mystery, so you don’t become too wise in your own eyes:
    IsraEl was allowed to become calloused until the full number of gentiles came in.
    26 Yet, this is how all IsraEl is going to be saved!
    For it’s written:
    ‘A Savior will come out of Zion
    And remove from Jacob, his godless ways.
    27 Yes, this is My promise to them,
    After I have removed all their sins.’

    28 Therefore, from the standpoint of the good news; they have become His enemies for your sakes!
    But from the standpoint of the choosing; they are the ones that are loved because of their ancestors, 29 since the loving gifts of God and His calling are irrevocable!

    30 So, just as you were once disobedient to God but have now been shown mercy [despite your] disobedience; 31 they are now being disobedient.
    Yet, because you were shown mercy, they may also be shown mercy.
    32 Yes, God has locked them up together in disobedience so that He might show mercy all of us.

    33 ‘O the depths of God’s riches, wisdom, and knowledge,
    And the mysteries of all His decisions;
    For His ways can’t be figured out!

    34 ‘Who’s come to know the mind of Jehovah,
    And who can give Him advice,
    35 Or give Him something that He must repay?
    36 Since all is from Him, by Him, and for Him,
    To glorify Him through the ages.’
    May it be so.

    Chapter 12

    1 So I beg you by the compassion of God, brothers, to offer your bodies as living, holy sacrifices that are pleasing to God, and to serve Him in sensible ways.
    2 Don’t [allow yourselves] to be molded by this system of things; rather, be transformed by renewing your minds so that you come to think well of the good, pleasing, and perfect Will of The God.
    3 Yes, through the loving care that was shown to me, I’m telling all of you not to think too much of yourselves.
    Rather, you must think clearly, as God has given each of you your own share of faith.

    4 [Remember that] our bodies have many parts, and none of [these parts] have the same function.
    5 So although there are many of us, we’re really just one body in the Anointed One, and starting from him, we are each parts of that body…
    Therefore, we all belong to each other.

    6 Likewise, each of us have different gifts that were kindly given to us, whether it’s prophesying according to our portion of faith, 7 serving in some service, teaching some point, 8 offering some encouragement, simply sharing, earnestly taking the lead, or cheerfully showing mercy.
    9 Therefore, we should love [each other] without being judgmental
    We should hate what is wicked and stick with the things that are good!

    10 So, let your brotherly love make you more tender and caring to each other, and take the lead when it comes to showing honor to each other.

    11 Do your best… don’t be lazy… slave for the Lord and bubble over with his Spirit12 let your hope fill you with joy as you endure the difficulties and persecutions… and keep on praying.

    13 Also, share whatever you have with the Holy Ones and be hospitable. √14 Learn to say nice things to those that persecute [you]… don’t curse them, praise them!

    15 Rejoice with people that are rejoicing and cry with those that are crying… 16 be aware of each other’s needs… don’t spend too much time thinking about high ideas, but deal with each other humbly… don’t think too much of yourselves!

    17 Don’t be rude to people that treat you poorly, but plan to do good things in the eyes of everyone.
    18 And if possible (whenever you can), be peaceable with everyone…
    19 Don’t get even, loved ones; put anger in its place, because it’s written:
    Let Me get even and then I’ll pay them back, says Jehovah.’
    20 Also:
    ‘If your enemy is hungry,
    Give him something to eat;
    And if he is thirsty,
    Give him something to drink;
    For whenever you do this,
    You’re piling burning coals on their heads.’
    21 So, don’t allow evil to beat you.
    Rather, keep conquering evil with goodness.

    Chapter 13

    1 Everyone should submit to the authorities that are over them. Indeed, there are no offices of authority that don’t come from God, or any that haven’t been instituted by God.
    2 So those that resist the authorities whose laws have come from God are really opposing and condemning themselves!
    3 For there is no reason to fear the rulers when we’re behaving… just when we’re misbehaving.

    Do you wish that you didn’t have to fear the authorities?
    Then do good things and they’ll praise you, 4 because they’re God’s servants for your own good.
    But if you’re doing something that’s wrong, you have good reason to fear them. For that’s why they bear the sword of God…
    They’re God’s servants and His avengers to show His rage upon those who are doing what’s wrong!

    5 So it’s important for us to obey them… and not just for [fear of] angering them, but because of [our] consciences!
    6 This is why we pay our taxes; because, as public servants, they’re serving God’s purposes!
    7 Therefore, pay everyone whatever they’re owed… to the tax collector the property tax, and to the toll collectors the tolls.
    Also fear the police and show honor to those [that should be] honored.

    8 Don’t owe anything to anyone, except your love for each other, because those that love others have fulfilled [the] Law.
    9 For [the Laws],
    ‘You must not commit adultery;
    You must not murder;
    You must not steal;
    You must not envy;’
    (and whatever other Commandments there are) are summed up in the words,
    ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’
    10 Yes, those that love won’t do anything bad to their neighbors, since the Law is fulfilled through love.

    11 As for those of you that aren’t aware of the season;
    It’s time for you to wake up, because our salvation is now closer than it was when we first became believers!
    12 Yes, since the night is almost over and that Day is near, we should be getting rid of the things that belong to darkness and start putting on the weapons of light.
    13 Then we should all behave as we would in the daytime… not in wild partying and drunkenness; not in immoral sex and the lacking of principles; not in arguing and jealousy.
    14 Rather, we should be putting on the Lord Jesus the Anointed One and no longer planning [to satisfy] the cravings of the flesh.

    Chapter 14

    1 Therefore, welcome those that are weak in the faith and don’t try to judge their motives!

    2 Though those that have faith can eat anything and those that are weaker just eat vegetables; 3 those that eat shouldn’t look down on those that don’t, and those that don’t eat shouldn’t judge those that do, since God has accepted them both.
    4 For who are you to judge the house servant of another, since we each stand or fall before our own master…
    And we can stand, because the Lord can make us stand!

    5 Also, some consider one day as more important than others, while others consider each day to be the same as all the rest.
    However, each of us should be sure of this in our own minds!
    6 Then those that observe a certain day [as holy] should observe it to the Lord.
    Also, those that eat [whatever they wish] should eat it to the Lord, because they have thanked God for it.
    Likewise, those that don’t eat [everything] should abstain to the Lord, since they too have thanked God [for what they have received].

    7 So, none of us should be living just for ourselves, and none of us should be dying just for ourselves.
    8 For when we live, we live for the Lord, and when we die, we die for the Lord… because whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord!
    9 And the reason why the Anointed One died and came to life again was so that he could be the Lord of both the living and the dead.

    10 So, why are you judging your brothers, or why are you looking down on them, since we will all stand before the judgment seat of God?
    11 Notice that it is written:
    As I live, says Jehovah;
    Every knee should bend low before Me,
    And by Me, every tongue should swear oaths.

    12 So since each of us must answer for ourselves before God, 13 we should stop judging each other, and we shouldn’t be setting anything before our brothers that might cause them to stumble and fall.

    14 Now I know (and I’ve been persuaded by the Lord Jesus) that nothing is unclean… it’s only when a man considers something to be unclean that it’s unclean to him.
    15 Yet if what you are eating upsets your brother, you aren’t following the path of love yet.
    For you shouldn’t want anyone for whom the Anointed One died to be destroyed over the food that you’re eating… 16 nor should they speak badly of the good things that you’re doing.
    17 Because, the Kingdom of God has nothing to do with eating or drinking… just with righteousness, peace, and the joy of [God’s] Holy Breath.

    18 So, those of you that choose to make yourselves slaves in such matters [for the sake of] the Anointed One will be approved both by God and by men.
    19 And what we should all be doing is trying to do the things that promote peace and to build each other up…
    20 [We must] stop tearing down the work of God over food!

    So though it’s true that all [food] is clean, it can still be bad for someone that stumbles over what we are eating.
    21 Therefore, it isn’t good to eat meat, or to drink wine, or to do anything else that could be a snare to our brothers, 22 because we should be sure that the things we believe [to be right] also look good in the eyes of God…
    And any man that isn’t being judged over things of which he personally approves, should be praised.
    23 However, if he’s unsure of something that he’s eating, his lack of faith is condemning him for eating it; because, whenever we do something that we believe [to be wrong], we are sinning.

    Chapter 15

    1 So, those of us that are strong must handle the weaknesses of those that aren’t strong, and not just be pleasing ourselves.
    2 Rather, we should each be trying to please our neighbors by doing good things that build them up.
    3 For even the Anointed One didn’t just please himself.
    Notice that it’s written:
    ‘The insults of those insulting you, have fallen upon me.’

    4 Understand that everything that was written until now has been written to teach us, so that through our endurance and through the comfort that comes from the Scriptures, we might have hope.

    5 Therefore, may the endurance and comfort that comes from God supply this to you, so that you may pay close attention to each other’s needs in the same ways that the Anointed Jesus did.
    6 Then together, as with one mind and one mouth, we can all bring glory to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus the Anointed One.

    7 So, welcome each other as the Anointed One welcomed us (to the glory of God).
    8 For [he] became a servant to those who are circumcised for the sake of the truth of God, and he verified the promises that were made to their ancestors, 9 while he allowed the gentiles to glorify God for His mercies.
    As it is written:
    ‘That’s why I’ll praise You to the nations,
    And that’s why I’ll sing to Your Name.’

    10 And again it says:
    Rejoice you gentiles, along with His people!’

    11 And again:
    ‘Praise Jehovah, you gentiles
    Let everyone give praise to Him.’

    12 Also, IsaiAh wrote:
    ‘In that day, the root of JesSe [will sprout]…
    He’ll arise to rule [all] the nations.
    Yes in him, the gentiles will trust,
    And upon him, honor will rest.’

    13 So may the God that provides hope fill you with all joy and peace in the belief that you’ll have more than enough faith through the power of [His] Holy Breath.

    14 I’m sure of this about you, my brothers:
    You are filled with goodness, because you’ve been filled with all the knowledge that you need to strengthen each other!

    15 Now, I’m writing to you in plain words to remind you of this:
    Because of a gift that God kindly gave to me, 16 I was appointed a [temple] official to the gentiles by Jesus the Anointed One and to serve as their Priest of the good news of God, so that their offerings can be found worthy and clean through the Holy Breath…
    17 And the Anointed Jesus has given me many good reasons to be cheerful when it comes to these things of God.

    18 Therefore, I wouldn’t dare to speak of anything that the Anointed One might have failed to accomplish on behalf the gentiles through me, because I’ve obediently followed his instructions in everything that I have been saying and doing 19 through the power of signs, omens, and by the might of the Holy Breath.
    For I’ve thoroughly preached the good news about the Anointed One in a circuit from JeruSalem all the way to IlLyricum.
    20 And I’ve made it my goal not to preach the good news in places where they’ve already heard about the Anointed One, so that I wouldn’t be building on another man’s foundation.
    21 As it’s written:
    ‘He’ll be seen by those to whom he didn’t preach,
    And those that haven’t heard him will learn.’

    22 So, this is the reason why I’ve not been allowed to come to you on several previous occasions.
    23 But now that I no longer have a place in those regions, and because I’ve been wanting to come to you for several years, 24 it’s my hope to see you along the way as I travel to Spain.
    [And if so], perhaps you can come to the place where I’ll be staying.

    25 However, right now I have to travel on to JeruSalem to serve the needs of the Holy Ones, 26 because those in Macedonia and Achaea have been so happy to share their things by contributing to the poor among the Holy Ones in JeruSalem.

    27 Yet while it’s true that they were happy to do so, they were also indebted to them.
    For if they’ve shared their spiritual things with the gentiles, the [gentiles] are now indebted to them as part of a public service, to share things for the fleshly body.

    28 So after I finish doing that and deliver these things to them safely, I’ll visit you as I’m on my way to Spain.
    29 And I know that when I do get to you, I’ll come with a full measure of blessings from Anointed One.

    30 Now I beg you brothers, through our Lord Jesus the Anointed One and through the love of the Breath [of God], to share in praying to God on my behalf, 31 that I might be saved from the unbelievers in Judea…
    And that my service in JeruSalem may prove to be what the Holy Ones need, 32 so that when I have the joy of getting back to you (if that’s God’s Will), I can spend some time resting up with you there.
    33 May the God that gives peace be with all of you.
    May it be so!

    Chapter 16

    1 I want to especially recommend our sister Phoebe to you, who is a servant in the congregation at Kenchreae.
    2 Welcome her in the Lord as you would [welcome] the Holy Ones, and help her in any matter where she may have needs, because she has protected me many times…
    Yes, me personally.

    3 Give my greetings to Priska and Aquila, my fellow workers in the Anointed Jesus 4 who have risked their necks for my life.
    And not just for mine, but offer them thanks on behalf of all the called ones that are gentiles, 5 and [send my greetings] to the called ones in their home.

    Also send my greetings to my beloved EpaiNeton, who is one of the first fruits of the Anointed One in [the province of] Asia.
    6 And send my greetings to Mary, who has done so many things for you.
    7 Give my greetings to Andronicus and Junias, my relatives and fellow captives, who are notable ones among the Apostles, and who’ve been in the Anointed One longer than I have.

    8 Give my greetings to Ampliatus, my loved one in the Lord.
    9 Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in the Anointed One, as well as my beloved Stachys.
    10 Greet Apelles, the one that is approved in the Anointed One.
    Also greet those from the household of AristoBoulou.
    11 Send my greetings to my relative Herodion, as well as to those in the Lord from the household of Narcissus.
    12 Greet TryPhaina and TryPhosa, [women] who are working hard in the Lord. And send my greetings to our beloved Persida, because she has done so many good things in the Lord.

    13 Greet Rufus, the Lord’s chosen one, as well as his mother and mine.
    14 Greet AsynCritus, Phlegonta, Hermes, PatroBas, Herman, and the brothers that are with them.
    15 Send my greetings to PhiloLogus and Julian, Nereus and his sister Olympas, and all the Holy Ones with them.
    16 Also greet each other with a holy kiss.
    For all the congregations of the Anointed One send you their greetings.

    17 Now, I beg you brothers to keep an eye on those that are creating divisions and setting traps by going against the teachings that you’ve learned…
    Avoid them, 18 because such men aren’t slaving for our Lord the Anointed One, but for their own bellies.
    They’re seducing the hearts of people that aren’t really bad through kind words and praises.

    19 Meanwhile, because everyone has noticed your obedience, I am rejoicing over you.
    I just want you to be wise when it comes to doing what’s good and not to be getting mixed up in doing bad things, 20 since the God of peace will crush the Opposer under your feet shortly.
    So may the loving care of our Lord Jesus be with you.

    21 Timothy, my fellow worker, sends you his greetings, as do Lucius, Jason, and SosiPater, my relatives.

    22 I Tertius, the one who wrote this letter, greet you in [the] Lord.

    23 Gaius, our host, and everyone in his congregation send their greeting to you.
    Erastus, the city public works manager, sends his greetings, as does KouArtos his brother. 24 ——

    25 Now, to the One that can make you strong in the good news that I declare through my preaching about Jesus the Anointed One and about the revelation of the mystery that has remained a secret through the ages, 26 but which have now been made known through the prophetic scriptures and which is being seen among all the nations by the command of the God of ageless time to promote obedience by faith;
    27 Yes, to God who is the only truly wise One, be the glory through Jesus (the Anointed) through the ages. May it be so.

    Note that this is the legacy version of the translation last updated in December 2020. You can also see the latest version.