The strong must bear with the weak.
Romans 15:1 Wee then that are strong, ought to beare the infirmities of the weake, and not to please our selues.
We may not please ourselves,
Romans 15:2 Let euery one of vs please his neighbour for [his] good to edification.
for Christ did not so,
Romans 15:3 For euen Christ pleased not himselfe, but as it is written, The reproches of them that reproched thee, fell on mee. Romans 15:4 For whatsoeuer things were written aforetime, were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might haue hope. Romans 15:5 Now the God of patience and consolation graunt you to be like minded one towards another, according to Christ Iesus: Romans 15:6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorifie God, euen the Father of our Lord Iesus Christ.
but receive one the other, as Christ did us all,
Romans 15:7 Wherfore receiue yee one another, as Christ also receiued vs, to the glory of God.
Romans 15:8 Now I say, that Iesus Christ was a Minister of the circumcision for the trueth of God, to confirme the promises [made] vnto the fathers:
Romans 15:9 And that the Gentiles might glorifie God for his mercie, as it is written, For this cause I will confesse to thee among the Gentiles, and sing vnto thy Name. Romans 15:10 And againe he saith, Reioyce yee Gentiles with his people. Romans 15:11 And againe, Praise the Lord all ye Gentiles, and laud him all ye people. Romans 15:12 And againe Esaias saith, There shal be a roote of Iesse, and he that shal rise to raigne ouer the Gentiles, in him shall the Gentiles trust. Romans 15:13 Nowe the God of hope fill you with all ioy and peace in beleeuing, that yee may abound in hope through the power of the holy Ghost. Romans 15:14 And I my selfe also am perswaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodnesse, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
Paul excuseth his writing,
Romans 15:15 Neuerthelesse, brethren, I haue written the more boldly vnto you, in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is giuen to mee of God, Romans 15:16 That I should be the minister of Iesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministring the Gospel of God, that the offering vp of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the holy Ghost. Romans 15:17 I haue therfore whereof I may glory through Iesus Christ, in those things which pertaine to God. Romans 15:18 For I will not dare to speake of any of those things, which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deede, Romans 15:19 Through mighty signes and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Hierusalem and round about vnto Illyricum, I haue fully preached the Gospel of Christ. Romans 15:20 Yea, so haue I striued to preach the Gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build vpon another mans foundation: Romans 15:21 But as it is written, To whom hee was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that haue not heard, shall vnderstand. Romans 15:22 For which cause also I haue been much hindered from coming to you. Romans 15:23 But now hauing no more place in these parts, and hauing a great desire these many yeeres to come vnto you: Romans 15:24 Whensoeuer I take my iourney into Spaine, I will come to you: for I trust to see you in my iourney, and to be brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your [company]. Romans 15:25 But now I goe vnto Hierusalem, to minister vnto the Saints. Romans 15:26 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia, to make a certaine contribution for the poore Saints which are at Hierusalem. Romans 15:27 It hath pleased them [verely], and their detters they are. For if the Gentiles haue bene made partakers of their spirituall things, their duetie is also to minister vnto them in carnall things.
and promiseth to see them,
Romans 15:28 When therefore I haue performed this, and hane sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spaine. Romans 15:29 And I am sure that when I come vnto you, I shall come in the fulnes of the blessing of ye Gospel of Christ.
and requesteth their prayers.
Romans 15:30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Iesus Christs sake, and for the loue of the Spirit, that ye striue together with me, in your praiers to God for me, Romans 15:31 That I may bee deliuered from them that do not beleeue in Iudea, and that my seruice which I haue for Hierusalem, may bee accepted of the Saints: Romans 15:32 That I may come vnto you with ioy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed. Romans 15:33 Now the God of peace bee with you all. Amen.