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    The Letter of St. Paul to the Romans, Chapter 1
1   Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle,
    separated unto the gospel of God,
2   Which he had promised before, by his prophets, in the holy
3   Concerning his Son, who was made to him of the seed of
    David, according to the flesh,
4   Who was predestinated the Son of God in power, according
    to the spirit of sanctification, by the resurrection of
    our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead;
5   By whom we have received grace and apostleship for
    obedience to the faith, in all nations, for his name;
6   Among whom are you also the called of Jesus Christ:
7   To all that are at Rome, the beloved of God, called to be
    saints.  Grace to you, and peace from God our Father, and
    from the Lord Jesus Christ.
8   First I give thanks to my God, through Jesus Christ, for
    you all, because your faith is spoken of in the whole
9   For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the
    gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make a
    commemoration of you;
10  Always in my prayers making request, if by any means now
    at length I may have a prosperous journey, by the will of
    God, to come unto you.
11  For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some
    spiritual grace, to strengthen you:
12  That is to say, that I may be comforted together in you,
    by that which is common to us both, your faith and mine.
13  And I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that I have
    often purposed to come unto you, (and have been hindered
    hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also,
    even as among other Gentiles.
14  To the Greeks and to the barbarians, to the wise and to
    the unwise, I am a debtor;
15  So (as much as is in me) I am ready to preach the gospel
    to you also that are at Rome.
16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel.  For it is the power
    of God unto salvation to every one that believeth, to the
    Jew first, and to the Greek.
17  For the justice of God is revealed therein, from faith
    unto faith, as it is written:  The just man liveth by
18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all
    ungodliness and injustice of those men that detain the
    truth of God in injustice:
19  Because that which is known of God is manifest in them.
    For God hath manifested it unto them.
20  For the invisible things of him, from the creation of the
    world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things
    that are made; his eternal power also, and divinity:  so
    that they are inexcusable.
21  Because that, when they knew God, they have not glorified
    him as God, or given thanks; but became vain in their
    thoughts, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22  For professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.
23  And they changed the glory of the incorruptible God into
    the likeness of the image of a corruptible man, and of
    birds, and of fourfooted beasts, and of creeping things.
24  Wherefore God gave them up to the desires of their heart,
    unto uncleanness, to dishonour their own bodies among
25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie; and worshipped
    and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is
    blessed for ever.  Amen.
26  For this cause God delivered them up to shameful
    affections.  For their women have changed the natural use
    into that use which is against nature.
27  And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use
    of the women, have burned in their lusts one towards
    another, men with men working that which is filthy, and
    receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to
    their error.
28  And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God
    delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things
    which are not convenient;
29  Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication,
    avarice, wickedness, full of envy, murder, contention,
    deceit, malignity, whisperers,
30  Detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty,
    inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31  Foolish, dissolute, without affection, without fidelity,
    without mercy.
32  Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand
    that they who do such things, are worthy of death; and not
    only they that do them, but they also that consent to them
    that do them
       The Letter of St. Paul to the Romans, Chapter 2
1   Wherefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art
    that judgest.  For wherein thou judgest another, thou
    condemnest thyself.  For thou dost the same things which
    thou judgest.
2   For we know that the judgment of God is, according to
    truth, against them that do such things.
3   And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them who do
    such things, and dost the same, that thou shalt escape the
    judgment of God?
4   Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness, and
    patience, and longsuffering?  Knowest thou not, that the
    benignity of God leadeth thee to penance?
5   But according to thy hardness and impenitent heart, thou
    treasurest up to thyself wrath, against the day of wrath,
    and revelation of the just judgment of God.
6   Who will render to every man according to his works.
7   To them indeed, who according to patience in good work,
    seek glory and honour and incorruption, eternal life:
8   But to them that are contentious, and who obey not the
    truth, but give credit to iniquity, wrath and indignation.
9   Tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man that
    worketh evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Greek.
10  But glory, and honour, and peace to every one that worketh
    good, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
11  For there is no respect of persons with God.
12  For whosoever have sinned without the law, shall perish
    without the law; and whosoever have sinned in the law,
    shall be judged by the law.
13  For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but
    the doers of the law shall be justified.
14  For when the Gentiles, who have not the law, do by nature
    those things that are of the law; these having not the law
    are a law to themselves:
15  Who shew the work of the law written in their hearts,
    their conscience bearing witness to them, and their
    thoughts between themselves accusing, or also defending
    one another,
16  In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by
    Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.
17  But if thou art called a Jew and restest in the law, and
    makest thy boast of God,
18  And knowest his will, and approvest the more profitable
    things, being instructed by the law,
19  Art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind,
    a light of them that are in darkness,
20  An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, having
    the form of knowledge and of truth in the law.
21  Thou therefore that teachest another, teachest not
    thyself:  thou that preachest that men should not steal,
22  Thou that sayest, men should not commit adultery,
    committest adultery:  thou that abhorrest idols,
    committest sacrilege:
23  Thou that makest thy boast of the law, by transgression of
    the law dishonourest God.
24  (For the name of God through you is blasphemed among the
    Gentiles, as it is written.)
25  Circumcision profiteth indeed, if thou keep the law; but
    if thou be a transgressor of the law, thy circumcision is
    made uncircumcision.
26  If, then, the uncircumcised keep the justices of the law,
    shall not this uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?
27  And shall not that which by nature is uncircumcision, if
    it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and
    circumcision art a transgressor of the law?
28  For it is not he is a Jew, who is so outwardly; nor is
    that circumcision which is outwardly in the flesh:
29  But he is a Jew, that is one inwardly; and the
    circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, not in
    the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God
     The Letter of St. Paul to the Romans, Chapter 3
1   What advantage then hath the Jew, or what is the profit of
2   Much every way.  First indeed, because the words of God
    were committed to them.
3   For what if some of them have not believed?  shall their
    unbelief make the faith of God without effect?  God
4   But God is true; and every man a liar, as it is written,
    That thou mayest be justified in thy words, and mayest
    overcome when thou art judged.
5   But if our injustice commend the justice of God, what
    shall we say?  Is God unjust, who executeth wrath?
6   (I speak according to man.)  God forbid:  otherwise how
    shall God judge this world?
7   For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie,
    unto his glory, why am I also yet judged as a sinner?
8   And not rather (as we are slandered, and as some affirm
    that we say) let us do evil, that there may come good?
    whose damnation is just.
9   What then?  Do we excel them?  No, not so.  For we have
    charged both Jews, and Greeks, that they are all under
10  As it is written:  There is not any man just.
11  There is none that understandeth, there is none that
    seeketh after God.
12  All have turned out of the way; they are become
    unprofitable together:  there is none that doth good,
    there is not so much as one.
13  Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they
    have dealt deceitfully.  The venom of asps is under their
14  Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
15  Their feet swift to shed blood:
16  Destruction and misery in their ways:
17  And the way of peace they have not known:
18  There is no fear of God before their eyes.
19  Now we know, that what things soever the law speaketh, it
    speaketh to them that are in the law; that every mouth may
    be stopped, and all the world may be made subject to God.
20  Because by the works of the law no flesh shall be
    justified before him.  For by the law is the knowledge of
21  But now without the law the justice of God is made
    manifest, being witnessed by the law and the prophets.
22  Even the justice of God, by faith of Jesus Christ, unto
    all and upon all them that believe in him:  for there is
    no distinction:
23  For all have sinned, and do need the glory of God.
24  Being justified freely by his grace, through the
    redemption, that is in Christ Jesus,
25  Whom God hath proposed to be a propitiation, through faith
    in his blood, to the shewing of his justice, for the
    remission of former sins,
26  Through the forbearance of God, for the shewing of his
    justice in this time; that he himself may be just, and the
    justifier of him, who is of the faith of Jesus Christ.
27  Where is then thy boasting?  It is excluded.  By what law?
    Of works?  No, but by the law of faith.
28  For we account a man to be justified by faith, without the
    works of the law.
29  Is he the God of the Jews only?  Is he not also of the
    Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also.
30  For it is one God, that justifieth circumcision by faith,
    and uncircumcision through faith.
31  Do we, then, destroy the law through faith?  God forbid:
    but we establish the law
       The Letter of St. Paul to the Romans, Chapter 4
1   What shall we say then that Abraham hath found, who is our
    father according to the flesh.
2   For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to
    glory, but not before God.
3   For what saith the scripture?  Abraham believed God, and
    it was reputed to him unto justice.
4   Now to him that worketh, the reward is not reckoned
    according to grace, but according to debt.
5   But to him that worketh not, yet believeth in him that
    justifieth the ungodly, his faith is reputed to justice,
    according to the purpose of the grace of God.
6   As David also termeth the blessedness of a man, to whom
    God reputeth justice without works:
7   Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose
    sins are covered.
8   Blessed is the man to whom the Lord hath not imputed sin.
9   This blessedness then, doth it remain in the circumcision
    only, or in the uncircumcision also?  For we say that unto
    Abraham faith was reputed to justice.
10  How then was it reputed?  When he was in circumcision, or
    in uncircumcision?  Not in circumcision, but in
11  And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the
    justice of the faith, which he had, being uncircumcised;
    that he might be the father of all them that believe,
    being uncircumcised, that unto them also it may be reputed
    to justice:
12  And might be the father of circumcision; not to them only,
    that are of the circumcision, but to them also that follow
    the steps of the faithful, that is in the uncircumcision
    of our father Abraham.
13  For not through the law was the promise to Abraham, or to
    his seed, that he should be heir of the world; but through
    the justice of faith.
14  For if they who are of the law be heirs, faith is made
    void, the promise is made of no effect.
15  For the law worketh wrath.  For where there is no law,
    neither is there transgression.
16  Therefore is it of faith, that according to grace the
    promise might be firm to all the seed; not to that only
    which is of the law, but to that also which is of the
    faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,
17  (As it is written:  I have made thee a father of many
    nations,) before God, whom he believed, who quickeneth the
    dead; and calleth those things that are not, as those that
18  Who against hope believed in hope; that he might be made
    the father of many nations, according to that which was
    said to him: So shall thy seed be.
19  And he was not weak in faith; neither did he consider his
    own body now dead, whereas he was almost an hundred years
    old, nor the dead womb of Sara.
20  In the promise also of God he staggered not by distrust;
    but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God:
21  Most fully knowing, that whatsoever he has promised, he is
    able also to perform.
22  And therefore it was reputed to him unto justice.
23  Now it is not written only for him, that it was reputed to
    him unto justice,
24  But also for us, to whom it shall be reputed, if we
    believe in him, that raised up Jesus Christ, our Lord,
    from the dead,
25  Who was delivered up for our sins, and rose again for our
      The Letter of St. Paul to the Romans, Chapter 5
1   Being justified therefore by faith, let us have peace with
    God, through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2   By whom also we have access through faith into this grace,
    wherein we stand, and glory in the hope of the glory of
    the sons of God.
3   And not only so; but we glory also in tribulations,
    knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4   And patience trial; and trial hope;
5   And hope confoundeth not:  because the charity of God is
    poured forth in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost, who is
    given to us.
6   For why did Christ, when as yet we were weak, according to
    the time, die for the ungodly?
7   For scarce for a just man will one die; yet perhaps for a
    good man some one would dare to die.
8   But God commendeth his charity towards us; because when as
    yet we were sinners, according to the time,
9   Christ died for us; much more therefore, being now
    justified by his blood, shall we be saved from wrath
    through him.
10  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by
    the death of his Son; much more, being reconciled, shall
    we be saved by his life.
11  And not only so; but also we glory in God, through our
    Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received
12  Wherefore as by one man sin entered into this world, and
    by sin death; and so death passed upon all men, in whom
    all have sinned.
13  For until the law sin was in the world; but sin was not
    imputed, when the law was not.
14  But death reigned from Adam unto Moses, even over them
    also who have not sinned after the similitude of the
    transgression of Adam, who is a figure of him who was to
15  But not as the offence, so also the gift.  For if by the
    offence of one, many died; much more the grace of God, and
    the gift, by the grace of one man, Jesus Christ, hath
    abounded unto many.
16  And not as it was by one sin, so also is the gift.  For
    judgment indeed was by one unto condemnation; but grace is
    of many offences, unto justification.
17  For if by one man's offence death reigned through one;
    much more they who receive abundance of grace, and of the
    gift, and of justice, shall reign in life through one,
    Jesus Christ.
18  Therefore, as by the offence of one, unto all men to
    condemnation; so also by the justice of one, unto all men
    to justification of life.
19  For as by the disobedience of one man, many were made
    sinners; so also by the obedience of one, many shall be
    made just.
20  Now the law entered in, that sin might abound.  And where
    sin abounded, grace did more abound.
21  That as sin hath reigned to death; so also grace might
    reign by justice unto life everlasting, through Jesus
    Christ our Lord
      The Letter of St. Paul to the Romans, Chapter 6
1   What shall we say, then?  shall we continue in sin, that
    grace may abound?
2   God forbid.  For we that are dead to sin, how shall we
    live any longer therein?
3   Know you not that all we, who are baptized in Christ
    Jesus, are baptized in his death?
4   For we are buried together with him by baptism into death;
    that as Christ is risen from the dead by the glory of the
    Father, so we also may walk in newness of life.
5   For if we have been planted together in the likeness of
    his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his
6   Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that
    the body of sin may be destroyed, to the end that we may
    serve sin no longer.
7   For he that is dead is justified from sin.
8   Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall
    live also together with Christ:
9   Knowing that Christ rising again from the dead, dieth now
    no more, death shall no more have dominion over him.
10  For in that he died to sin, he died once; but in that he
    liveth, he liveth unto God:
11  So do you also reckon, that you are dead to sin, but alive
    unto God, in Christ Jesus our Lord.
12  Let no sin therefore reign in your mortal body, so as to
    obey the lusts thereof.
13  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of iniquity
    unto sin; but present yourselves to God, as those that are
    alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of
    justice unto God.
14  For sin shall not have dominion over you; for you are not
    under the law, but under grace.
15  What then?  Shall we sin, because we are not under the
    law, but under grace?  God forbid.
16  Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants
    to obey, his servants you are whom you obey, whether it be
    of sin unto death, or of obedience unto justice.
17  But thanks be to God, that you were the servants of sin,
    but have obeyed from the heart, unto that form of
    doctrine, into which you have been delivered.
18  Being then freed from sin, we have been made servants of
19  I speak an human thing, because of the infirmity of your
    flesh. For as you have yielded your members to serve
    uncleanness and iniquity, unto iniquity; so now yield your
    members to serve justice, unto sanctification.
20  For when you were the servants of sin, you were free men
    to justice.
21  What fruit therefore had you then in those things, of
    which you are now ashamed?  For the end of them is death.
22  But now being made free from sin, and become servants to
    God, you have your fruit unto sanctification, and the end
    life everlasting.
23  For the wages of sin is death.  But the grace of God, life
    everlasting, in Christ Jesus our Lord
      The Letter of St. Paul to the Romans, Chapter 7
1   Know you not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the
    law,) that the law hath dominion over a man, as long as it
2   For the woman that hath an husband, whilst her husband
    liveth is bound to the law.  But if her husband be dead,
    she is loosed from the law of her husband.
3   Therefore, whilst her husband liveth, she shall be called
    an adulteress, if she be with another man:  but if her
    husband be dead, she is delivered from the law of her
    husband; so that she is not an adulteress, if she be with
    another man.
4   Therefore, my brethren, you also are become dead to the
    law, by the body of Christ; that you may belong to
    another, who is risen again from the dead, that we may
    bring forth fruit to God.
5   For when we were in the flesh, the passions of sins, which
    were by the law, did work in our members, to bring forth
    fruit unto death.
6   But now we are loosed from the law of death, wherein we
    were detained; so that we should serve in newness of
    spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
7   What shall we say, then?  Is the law sin?  God forbid.
    But I do not know sin, but by the law; for I had not known
    concupiscence, if the law did not say:  Thou shalt not
8   But sin taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me
    all manner of concupiscence.  For without the law sin was
9   And I lived some time without the law.  But when the
    commandment came, sin revived,
10  And I died.  And the commandment that was ordained to
    life, the same was found to be unto death to me.
11  For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, seduced me,
    and by it killed me.
12  Wherefore the law indeed is holy, and the commandment
    holy, and just, and good.
13  Was that then which is good, made death unto me?  God
    forbid. But sin, that it may appear sin, by that which is
    good, wrought death in me; that sin, by the commandment,
    might become sinful above measure.
14  For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am carnal,
    sold under sin.
15  For that which I work, I understand not.  For I do not
    that good which I will; but the evil which I hate, that I
16  If then I do that which I will not, I consent to the law,
    that it is good.
17  Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth
    in me.
18  For I know that there dwelleth not in me, that is to say,
    in my flesh, that which is good.  For to will, is present
    with me; but to accomplish that which is good, I find not.
19  For the good which I will, I do not; but the evil which I
    will not, that I do.
20  Now if I do that which I will not, it is no more I that do
    it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
21  I find then a law, that when I have a will to do good,
    evil is present with me.
22  For I am delighted with the law of God, according to the
    inward man:
23  But I see another law in my members, fighting against the
    law of my mind, and captivating me in the law of sin, that
    is in my members.
24  Unhappy man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body
    of this death?
25  The grace of God, by Jesus Christ our Lord.  Therefore, I
    myself, with the mind serve the law of God; but with the
    flesh, the law of sin
       The Letter of St. Paul to the Romans, Chapter 8
1   There is now therefore no condemnation to them that are in
    Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh.
2   For the law of the spirit of life, in Christ Jesus, hath
    delivered me from the law of sin and of death.
3   For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through
    the flesh; God sending his own Son, in the likeness of
    sinful flesh and of sin, hath condemned sin in the flesh;
4   That the justification of the law might be fulfilled in
    us, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to
    the spirit.
5   For they that are according to the flesh, mind the things
    that are of the flesh; but they that are according to the
    spirit, mind the things that are of the spirit.
6   For the wisdom of the flesh is death; but the wisdom of
    the spirit is life and peace.
7   Because the wisdom of the flesh is an enemy to God; for it
    is not subject to the law of God, neither can it be.
8   And they who are in the flesh, cannot please God.
9   But you are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if so be
    that the Spirit of God dwell in you.  Now if any man have
    not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10  And if Christ be in you, the body indeed is dead, because
    of sin; but the spirit liveth, because of justification.
11  And if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the
    dead, dwell in you; he that raised up Jesus Christ from
    the dead, shall quicken also your mortal bodies, because
    of his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
12  Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to
    live according to the flesh.
13  For if you live according to the flesh, you shall die:
    but if by the Spirit you mortify the deeds of the flesh,
    you shall live.
14  For whosoever are led by the Spirit of God, they are the
    sons of God.
15  For you have not received the spirit of bondage again in
    fear; but you have received the spirit of adoption of
    sons, whereby we cry:  Abba (Father).
16  For the Spirit himself giveth testimony to our spirit,
    that we are the sons of God.
17  And if sons, heirs also; heirs indeed of God, and joint
    heirs with Christ:  yet so, if we suffer with him, that we
    may be also glorified with him.
18  For I reckon that the sufferings of this time are not
    worthy to be compared with the glory to come, that shall
    be revealed in us.
19  For the expectation of the creature waiteth for the
    revelation of the sons of God.
20  For the creature was made subject to vanity, not
    willingly, but by reason of him that made it subject, in
21  Because the creature also itself shall be delivered from
    the servitude of corruption, into the liberty of the glory
    of the children of God.
22  For we know that every creature groaneth and travaileth in
    pain, even till now.
23  And not only it, but ourselves also, who have the
    firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within
    ourselves, waiting for the adoption of the sons of God,
    the redemption of our body.
24  For we are saved by hope.  But hope that is seen, is not
    hope. For what a man seeth, why doth he hope for?
25  But if we hope for that which we see not, we wait for it
    with patience.
26  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity.  For we
    know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the
    Spirit himself asketh for us with unspeakable groanings.
27  And he that searcheth the hearts, knoweth what the Spirit
    desireth; because he asketh for the saints according to
28  And we know that to them that love God, all things work
    together unto good, to such as, according to his purpose,
    are called to be saints.
29  For whom he foreknew, he also predestinated to be made
    conformable to the image of his Son; that he might be the
    firstborn amongst many brethren.
30  And whom he predestinated, them he also called.  And whom
    he called, them he also justified.  And whom he justified,
    them he also glorified.
31  What shall we then say to these things?  If God be for us,
    who is against us?
32  He that spared not even his own Son, but delivered him up
    for us all, how hath he not also, with him, given us all
33  Who shall accuse against the elect of God?  God that
34  Who is he that shall condemn?  Christ Jesus that died, yea
    that is risen also again; who is at the right hand of God,
    who also maketh intercession for us.
35  Who then shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall
    tribulation?  or distress?  or famine?  or nakedness?  or
    danger?  or persecution?  or the sword?
36  (As it is written:  For thy sake we are put to death all
    the day long.  We are accounted as sheep for the
37  But in all these things we overcome, because of him that
    hath loved us.
38  For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels,
    nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor
    things to come, nor might,
39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be
    able to separate us from the love of God, which is in
    Christ Jesus our Lord
       The Letter of St. Paul to the Romans, Chapter 9
1   I speak the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience
    bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost:
2   That I have great sadness, and continual sorrow in my
3   For I wished myself to be an anathema from Christ, for my
    brethren, who are my kinsmen according to the flesh,
4   Who are Israelites, to whom belongeth the adoption as of
    children, and the glory, and the testament, and the giving
    of the law, and the service of God, and the promises:
5   Whose are the fathers, and of whom is Christ, according to
    the flesh, who is over all things, God blessed for ever.
6   Not as though the word of God hath miscarried.  For all
    are not Israelites that are of Israel:
7   Neither are all they that are the seed of Abraham,
    children; but in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
8   That is to say, not they that are the children of the
    flesh, are the children of God; but they, that are the
    children of the promise, are accounted for the seed.
9   For this is the word of promise:  According to this time
    will I come; and Sara shall have a son.
10  And not only she.  But when Rebecca also had conceived at
    once, of Isaac our father.
11  For when the children were not yet born, nor had done any
    good or evil (that the purpose of God, according to
    election, might stand,)
12  Not of works, but of him that calleth, it was said to her:
    The elder shall serve the younger.
13  As it is written:  Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have
14  What shall we say then?  Is there injustice with God?  God
15  For he saith to Moses:  I will have mercy on whom I will
    have mercy; and I will shew mercy to whom I will shew
16  So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that
    runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
17  For the scripture saith to Pharao:  To this purpose have
    I raised thee, that I may shew my power in thee, and that
    my name may be declared throughout all the earth.
18  Therefore he hath mercy on whom he will; and whom he will,
    he hardeneth.
19  Thou wilt say therefore to me:  Why doth he then find
    fault?  for who resisteth his will?
20  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?
21  Or hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same
    lump, to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto
22  What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his
    power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath,
    fitted for destruction,
23  That he might shew the riches of his glory on the vessels
    of mercy, which he hath prepared unto glory?
24  Even us, whom also he hath called, nor only of the Jews,
    but also of the Gentiles.
25  As in Osee he saith:  I will call that which was not my
    people, my people; and her that was not beloved, beloved;
    and her that had not obtained mercy, one that hath
    obtained mercy.
26  And it shall be, in the place where it was said unto them,
    You are not my people; there they shall be called the sons
    of the living God.
27  And Isaias crieth out concerning Israel:  If the number of
    the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a
    remnant shall be saved.
28  For he shall finish his word, and cut it short in justice;
    because a short word shall the Lord make upon the earth.
29  And as Isaias foretold:  Unless the Lord of Sabbath had
    left us a seed, we had been made as Sodom, and we had been
    like unto Gomorrha.
30  What then shall we say?  That the Gentiles, who followed
    not after justice, have attained to justice, even the
    justice that is of faith.
31  But Israel, by following after the law of justice, is not
come unto the law of justice.
32  Why so?  Because they sought it not by faith, but as it
    were of works.  For they stumbled at the stumblingstone.
33  As it is written:  Behold I lay in Sion a stumblingstone
    and a rock of scandal; and whosoever believeth in him
    shall not be confounded
       The Letter of St. Paul to the Romans, Chapter 10
1   Brethren, the will of my heart, indeed, and my prayer to
    God, is for them unto salvation.
2   For I bear them witness, that they have a zeal of God, but
    not according to knowledge.
3   For they, not knowing the justice of God, and seeking to
    establish their own, have not submitted themselves to the
    justice of God.
4   For the end of the law is Christ, unto justice to every
    one that believeth.
5   For Moses wrote, that the justice which is of the law, the
    man that shall do it, shall live by it.
6   But the justice which is of faith, speaketh thus:  Say not
    in thy heart, Who shall ascend into heaven?  that is, to
    bring Christ down;
7   Or who shall descend into the deep?  that is, to bring up
    Christ again from the dead.
8   But what saith the scripture?  The word is nigh thee, even
    in thy mouth, and in thy heart.  This is the word of
    faith, which we preach.
9   For if thou confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and
    believe in thy heart that God hath raised him up from the
    dead, thou shalt be saved.
10  For, with the heart, we believe unto justice; but, with
    the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.
11  For the scripture saith:  Whosoever believeth in him,
    shall not be confounded.
12  For there is no distinction of the Jew and the Greek:  for
    the same is Lord over all, rich unto all that call upon
13  Fro whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall
    be saved.
14  How then shall they call on him, in whom they have not
    believed?  Or how shall they believe him, of whom they
    have not heard?  And how shall they hear, without a
15  And how shall they preach unless they be sent, as it is
    written:  How beautiful are the feet of them that preach
    the gospel of peace, of them that bring glad tidings of
    good things!
16  But all do not obey the gospel.  For Isaias saith:  Lord,
    who hath believed our report?
17  Faith then cometh by hearing; and hearing by the word of
18  But I say:  Have they not heard?  Yes, verily, their sound
    hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto
    the ends of the whole world.
19  But I say:  Hath not Israel known?  First, Moses saith:
    I will provoke you to jealousy by that which is not a
    nation; by a foolish nation I will anger you.
20  But Isaias is bold, and saith:  I was found by them that
    did not seek me:  I appeared openly to them that asked not
    after me.
21  But to Israel he saith:  All the day long have I spread my
    hands to a people that believeth not, and contradicteth me
        The Letter of St. Paul to the Romans, Chapter 11
1   I say then:  Hath God cast away his people?  God forbid.
    For I also am an Israelite of the seed of Abraham, of the
    tribe of Benjamin.
2   God hath not cast away his people, which he foreknew.
    Know you not what the scripture saith of Elias; how he
    calleth on God against Israel?
3   Lord, they have slain thy prophets, they have dug down thy
    altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.
4   But what saith the divine answer to him?  I have left me
    seven thousand men, that have not bowed their knees to
5   Even so then at this present time also, there is a remnant
    saved according to the election of grace.
6   And if by grace, it is not now by works:  otherwise grace
    is no more grace.
7   What then?  That which Israel sought, he hath not
    obtained:  but the election hath obtained it; and the rest
    have been blinded.
8   As it is written:  God hath given them the spirit of
    insensibility; eyes that they should not see; and ears
    that they should not hear, until this present day.
9   And David saith:  Let their table be made a snare, and a
    trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompense unto them.
10  Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see:  and
    bow down their back always.
11  I say then, have they so stumbled, that they should fall?
    God forbid.  But by their offence, salvation is come to
    the Gentiles, that they may be emulous of them.
12  Now if the offence of them be the riches of the world, and
    the diminution of them, the riches of the Gentiles; how
    much more the fulness of them?
13  For I say to you, Gentiles:  as long indeed as I am the
    apostle of the Gentiles, I will honour my ministry,
14  If, by any means, I may provoke to emulation them who are
    my flesh, and may save some of them.
15  For if the loss of them be the reconciliation of the
    world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from
    the dead?
16  For if the firstfruit be holy, so is the lump also:  and
    if the root be holy, so are the branches.
17  And if some of the branches be broken, and thou, being a
    wild olive, art ingrafted in them, and art made partaker
    of the root, and of the fatness of the olive tree,
18  Boast not against the branches.  But if thou boast, thou
    bearest not the root, but the root thee.
19  Thou wilt say then:  The branches were broken off, that I
    might be grafted in.
20  Well:  because of unbelief they were broken off.  But thou
    standest by faith:  be not highminded, but fear.
21  For if God hath not spared the natural branches, fear lest
    perhaps he also spare not thee.
22  See then the goodness and the severity of God:  towards
    them indeed that are fallen, the severity; but towards
    thee, the goodness of God, if thou abide in goodness,
    otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
23  And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall
    be grafted in:  for God is able to graft them in again.
24  For if thou wert cut out of the wild olive tree, which is
    natural to thee; and, contrary to nature, were grafted
    into the good olive tree; how much more shall they that
    are the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive
25  For I would not have you ignorant, brethren, of this
    mystery, (lest you should be wise in your own conceits),
    that blindness in part has happened in Israel, until the
    fulness of the Gentiles should come in.
26  And so all Israel should be saved, as it is written:
    There shall come out of Sion, he that shall deliver, and
    shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.
27  And this is to them my covenant:  when I shall take away
    their sins.
28  As concerning the gospel, indeed, they are enemies for
    your sake:  but as touching the election, they are most
    dear for the sake of the fathers.
29  For the gifts and the calling of God are without
30  For as you also in times past did not believe God, but now
    have obtained mercy, through their unbelief;
31  So these also now have not believed, for your mercy, that
    they also may obtain mercy.
32  For God hath concluded all in unbelief, that he may have
    mercy on all.
33  O the depth of the riches of the wisdom and of the
    knowledge of God!  How incomprehensible are his judgments,
    and how unsearchable his ways!
34  For who hath known the mind of the Lord?  Or who hath been
    his counsellor?
35  Or who hath first given to him, and recompense shall be
    made him?
36  For of him, and by him, and in him, are all things:  to
    him be glory for ever.  Amen
       The Letter of St. Paul to the Romans, Chapter 12
1   I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercy of God,
    that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
    pleasing unto God, your reasonable service.
2   And be not conformed to this world; but be reformed in the
    newness of your mind, that you may prove what is the good,
    and the acceptable, and the perfect will of God.
3   For I say, by the grace that is given me, to all that are
    among you, not to be more wise than it behoveth to be
    wise, but to be wise unto sobriety, and according as God
    hath divided to every one the measure of faith.
4   For as in one body we have many members, but all the
    members have not the same office:
5   So we being many, are one body in Christ, and every one
    members one of another.
6   And having different gifts, according to the grace that is
    given us, either prophecy, to be used according to the
    rule of faith;
7   Or ministry, in ministering; or he that teacheth, in
8   He that exhorteth, in exhorting; he that giveth, with
    simplicity; he that ruleth, with carefulness; he that
    sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
9   Let love be without dissimulation.  Hating that which is
    evil, cleaving to that which is good.
10  Loving one another with the charity of brotherhood, with
    honour preventing one another.
11  In carefulness not slothful.  In spirit fervent.  Serving
    the Lord.
12  Rejoicing in hope.  Patient in tribulation.  Instant in
13  Communicating to the necessities of the saints.  Pursuing
14  Bless them that persecute you:  bless, and curse not.
15  Rejoice with them that rejoice; weep with them that weep.
16  Being of one mind one towards another.  Not minding high
    things, but consenting to the humble.  Be not wise in your
    own conceits.
17  To no man rendering evil for evil.  Providing good things,
    not only in the sight of God, but also in the sight of all
18  If it be possible, as much as is in you, have peace with
    all men.
19  Revenge not yourselves, my dearly beloved; but give place
    unto wrath, for it is written:  Revenge is mind, I will
    repay, saith the Lord.
20  But if thy enemy be hungry, give him to eat; if he thirst,
    give him to drink.  For, doing this, thou shalt heap coals
    of fire upon his head.
21  Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil by good
        The Letter of St. Paul to the Romans, Chapter 13
1   Let every soul be subject to higher powers:  for there is
    no power but from God:  and those that are, are ordained
    of God.
2   Therefore he that resisteth the power, resisteth the
    ordinance of God.  And they that resist, purchase to
    themselves damnation.
3   For princes are not a terror to the good work, but to the
    evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power?  Do that
    which is good: and thou shalt have praise from the same.
4   For he is God's minister to thee, for good.  But if thou
    do that which is evil, fear:  for he beareth not the sword
    in vain. For he is God's minister:  an avenger to execute
    wrath upon him that doth evil.
5   Wherefore be subject of necessity, not only for wrath, but
    also for conscience' sake.
6   For therefore also you pay tribute.  For they are the
    ministers of God, serving unto this purpose.
7   Render therefore to all men their dues.  Tribute, to whom
    tribute is due:  custom, to whom custom:  fear, to whom
    fear: honour, to whom honour.
8   Owe no man any thing, but to love one another.  For he
    that loveth his neighbour, hath fulfilled the law.
9   For Thou shalt not commit adultery:  Thou shalt not kill:
    Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness:
    Thou shalt not covet:  and if there be any other
    commandment, it is comprised in this word, Thou shalt love
    thy neighbour as thyself.
10  The love of our neighbour worketh no evil.  Love therefore
    is the fulfilling of the law.
11  And that knowing the season; that it is now the hour for
    us to rise from sleep.  For now our salvation is nearer
    than when we believed.
12  The night is passed, and the day is at hand.  Let us
    therefore cast off the works of darkness, and put on the
    armour of light.
13  Let us walk honestly, as in the day:  not in rioting and
    drunkenness, not in chambering and impurities, not in
    contention and envy:
14  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not
    provision for the flesh in its concupiscences
       The Letter of St. Paul to the Romans, Chapter 14
1   Now him that is weak in faith, take unto you:  not in
    disputes about thoughts.
2   For one believeth that he may eat all things:  but he that
    is weak, let him eat herbs.
3   Let not him that eateth, despise him that eateth not:  and
    he that eateth not, let him not judge him that eateth.
    For God hath taken him to him.
4   Who art thou that judgest another man's servant?  To his
    own lord he standeth or falleth.  And he shall stand:  for
    God is able to make him stand.
5   For one judgeth between day and day:  and another judgeth
    every day:  let every man abound in his own sense.
6   He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord.
    And he that eateth, eateth to the Lord:  for he giveth
    thanks to God.  And he that eateth not, to the Lord he
    eateth not, and giveth thanks to God.
7   For none of us liveth to himself; and no man dieth to
8   For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; or whether we
    die, we die unto the Lord.  Therefore, whether we live, or
    whether we die, we are the Lord's.
9   For to this end Christ died and rose again; that he might
    be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
10  But thou, why judgest thou thy brother?  or thou, why dost
    thou despise thy brother?  For we shall all stand before
    the judgment seat of Christ.
11  For it is written:  As I live, saith the Lord, every knee
    shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
12  Therefore every one of us shall render account to God for
13  Let us not therefore judge one another any more.  But
    judge this rather, that you put not a stumblingblock or a
    scandal in your brother's way.
14  I know, and am confident in the Lord Jesus, that nothing
    is unclean of itself; but to him that esteemeth any thing
    to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
15  For if, because of thy meat, thy brother be grieved, thou
    walkest not now according to charity.  Destroy not him
    with thy meat, for whom Christ died.
16  Let not then our good be evil spoken of.
17  For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but justice,
    and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
18  For he that in this serveth Christ, pleaseth God, and is
    approved of men.
19  Therefore let us follow after the things that are of
    peace; and keep the things that are of edification one
    towards another.
20  Destroy not the work of God for meat.  All things indeed
    are clean:  but it is evil for that man who eateth with
21  It is good not to eat flesh, and not to drink wine, nor
    any thing whereby thy brother is offended, or scandalized,
    or made weak.
22  Hast thou faith?  Have it to thyself before God.  Blessed
    is he that condemneth not himself in that which he
23  But he that discerneth, if he eat, is condemned; because
    not of faith.  For all that is not of faith is sin
       The Letter of St. Paul to the Romans, Chapter 15
1   Now we that are stronger, ought to bear the infirmities of
    the weak, and not to please ourselves.
2   Let every one of you please his neighbour unto good, to
3   For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written:
    The reproaches of them that reproached thee, fell upon me.
4   For what things soever were written, were written for our
    learning:  that through patience and the comfort of the
    scriptures, we might have hope.
5   Now the God of patience and of comfort grant you to be of
    one mind one towards another, according to Jesus Christ:
6   That with one mind, and with one mouth, you may glorify
    God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7   Wherefore receive one another, as Christ also hath
    received you unto the honour of God.
8   For I say that Christ Jesus was minister of the
    circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises
    made unto the fathers.
9   But that the Gentiles are to glorify God for his mercy, as
    it is written:  Therefore will I confess to thee, O Lord,
    among the Gentiles, and will sing to thy name.
10  And again he saith:  Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his
11  And again:  Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and magnify
    him, all ye people.
12  And again Isaias saith:  There shall be a root of Jesse;
    and he that shall rise up to rule the Gentiles, in him the
    Gentiles shall hope.
13  Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in
    believing; that you may abound in hope, and in the power
    of the Holy Ghost.
14  And I myself also, my brethren, am assured of you, that
    you also are full of love, replenished with all knowledge,
    so that you are able to admonish one another.
15  But I have written to you, brethren, more boldly in some
    sort, as it were putting you in mind:  because of the
    grace which is given me from God.
16  That I should be the minister of Christ Jesus among the
    Gentiles; sanctifying the gospel of God, that the oblation
    of the Gentiles may be made acceptable and sanctified in
    the Holy Ghost.
17  I have therefore glory in Christ Jesus towards God.
18  For I dare not to speak of any of those things which
    Christ worketh not by me, for the obedience of the
    Gentiles, by word and deed,
19  By the virtue of signs and wonders, in the power of the
    Holy Ghost, so that from Jerusalem round about as far as
    unto Illyricum, I have replenished the gospel of Christ.
20  And I have so preached this gospel, not where Christ was
    named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation.
21  But as it is written:  They to whom he was not spoken of,
    shall see, and they that have not heard shall understand.
22  For which cause also I was hindered very much from coming
    to you, and have been kept away till now.
23  But now having no more place in these countries, and
    having a great desire these many years past to come unto
24  When I shall begin to take my journey into Spain, I hope
    that as I pass, I shall see you, and be brought on my way
    thither by you, if first, in part, I shall have enjoyed
25  But now I shall go to Jerusalem, to minister unto the
26  For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make
    a contribution for the poor of the saints that are in
27  For it hath pleased them; and they are their debtors.  For
    if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their
    spiritual things, they ought also in carnal things to
    minister to them.
28  When therefore I shall have accomplished this, and
    consigned to them this fruit, I will come by you into
29  And I know, that when I come to you, I shall come in the
    abundance of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.
30  I beseech you therefore, brethren, through our Lord Jesus
    Christ, and by the charity of the Holy Ghost, that you
    help me in your prayers for me to God,
31  That I may be delivered from the unbelievers that are in
    Judea, and that the oblation of my service may be
    acceptable in Jerusalem to the saints.
32  That I may come to you with joy, by the will of God, and
    may be refreshed with you.
33  Now the God of peace be with you all.  Amen
        The Letter of St. Paul to the Romans, Chapter 16
1   And I commend to you Phebe, our sister, who is in the
    ministry of the church, that is in Cenchrae:
2   That you receive her in the Lord as becometh saints; and
    that you assist her in whatsoever business she shall have
    need of you. For she also hath assisted many, and myself
3   Salute Prisca and Aquila, my helpers in Christ Jesus,
4   (Who have for my life laid down their own necks:  to whom
    not I only give thanks, but also all the churches of the
5   And the church which is in their house.  Salute Epenetus,
    my beloved:  who is the firstfruits of Asia in Christ.
6   Salute Mary, who hath laboured much among you.
7   Salute Andronicus and Junias, my kinsmen and fellow
    prisoners: who are of note among the apostles, who also
    were in Christ before me.
8   Salute Ampliatus, most beloved to me in the Lord.
9   Salute Urbanus, our helper in Christ Jesus, and Stachys,
    my beloved.
10  Salute Apelles, approved in Christ.
11  Salute them that are of Aristobulus' household.  Salute
    Herodian, my kinsman.  Salute them that are of Narcissus'
    household, who are in the Lord.
12  Salute Tryphaena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord.
    Salute Persis, the dearly beloved, who hath much laboured
    in the Lord.
13  Salute Rufus, elect in the Lord, and his mother and mine.
14  Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and
    the brethren that are with them.
15  Salute Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and
    Olympias; and all the saints that are with them.
16  Salute one another with an holy kiss.  All the churches of
    Christ salute you.
17  Now I beseech you, brethren, to mark them who make
    dissensions and offences contrary to the doctrine which
    you have learned, and avoid them.
18  For they that are such, serve not Christ our Lord, but
    their own belly; and by pleasing speeches and good words,
    seduce the hearts of the innocent.
19  For your obedience is published in every place.  I rejoice
    therefore in you.  But I would have you to be wise in
    good, and simple in evil.
20  And the God of peace crush Satan under your feet speedily.
    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
21  Timothy, my fellow labourer, saluteth you, and Lucius, and
    Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen.
22  I Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord.
23  Caius, my host, and the whole church, saluteth you.
    Erastus, the treasurer of the city, saluteth you, and
    Quartus, a brother.
24  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.  Amen.
25  Now to him that is able to establish you, according to my
    gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to
    the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret from
26  (Which now is made manifest by the scriptures of the
    prophets, according to the precept of the eternal God, for
    the obedience of faith,) known among all nations;
27  To God the only wise, through Jesus Christ, to whom be
    honour and glory for ever and ever.  Amen.

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