THE EPISTLE OF PAUL
5. According to Christ
1 But we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those who are aweak and not to please ourselves.
2 Let each of us please his neighbor with a view to what is good for abuilding up.
3 For Christ also did not please Himself, but as it is written, a"The reproaches of those who reproached You fell upon Me.''
4 For the things that were awritten previously were written for our instruction, in order that through endurance and through the 1encouragement of the Scriptures we might have bhope.
5 Now the aGod of endurance and encouragement grant you to be of the bsame mind toward one another according to 1cChrist Jesus,
6 That 1with aone accord you may with bone mouth cglorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7 Therefore areceive one another, as 1Christ also received you to the glory of God.
8 For I say that Christ has become a 1servant of the circumcision for the sake of God's 2atruthfulness, to confirm the bpromises given to the fathers,
9 And that the Gentiles should glorify God for His amercy, as it is written, b"Therefore I will 1extol You among the Gentiles, and I will sing praise to Your name.''
10 And again he says, a"Rejoice, Gentiles, with His people.''
11 And again, a"Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples speak praise to Him.''
12 And again, Isaiah says, a"There shall be the 1broot of Jesse, even He who rises to rule the Gentiles; con Him will the Gentiles hope.''
13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and apeace in believing, that you may abound in bhope in the cpower of the Holy Spirit.
VIII. Conclusion --
The Consummation of the Gospel
A. The Gentiles Offered
14 But I myself also am persuaded concerning you, my brothers, that you yourselves also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
15 But I have written the more boldly to you on some points so as to remind you of them again because of the agrace given to me by God
16 That I might be a 1minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, a 2laboring 3apriest of the gospel of God, in order that the boffering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, having been csanctified in the Holy Spirit.
17 I have therefore my 1aboasting in Christ Jesus bin the things pertaining to God.
18 For I will not dare to speak anything of the things which aChrist has not accomplished through me for the bobedience of the Gentiles, by word and by work,
19 In the power of asigns and wonders, in the bpower of the Spirit of God; so that cfrom Jerusalem and round about to 1Illyricum, I have 2dfully preached the gospel of Christ,
20 But have done so aspiring to announce the gospel not where Christ has been named, so that I would not build upon aanother's foundation;
21 But as it is written, a"They will see, they to whom nothing concerning Him was announced; and those who have not heard will understand.''
22 For this reason also I have been ahindered these many times from coming to you.
23 But now I no longer have place in these regions and have had a desire since many years ago to acome to you
24 Whenever I may go to 1aSpain, for I hope to see you in passing and be bsent forward there by you, if first I am cfilled, at least in part, by your company.
B. The Communication
between the Gentile and Jewish Saints
25 But now I am agoing to Jerusalem, 1bministering to the saints.
26 For aMacedonia and bAchaia have been pleased to make some 1contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.
27 For they were pleased to do it, and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have shared in their aspiritual things, they ought also to 1do service to them in material things.
28 When therefore I have finished this and have sealed to them this fruit, I will go on by way of you to aSpain.
29 And I know that when I come to you, I will acome in the 1fullness of the blessing of Christ.
30 Now I aexhort you, brothers, through our Lord Jesus Christ and through the blove of the Spirit, to cstrive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf,
31 That I may be delivered from those who are disobedient in Judea, and that my 1aservice for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,
32 So that coming to you in joy through the awill of God, I may brefresh myself and rest with you.
33 Now the aGod of peace be with you all. Amen.