The strong must bear with the weak.
Romans 15:1 We whiche are stronge, ought to beare ye fraylnes of the weake, & not to stande in our owne conceiptes.
We may not please ourselves,
Romans 15:2 Let euery man please his neygbour, in that that is good to edifiyng.
for Christ did not so,
Romans 15:3 For Christe pleased not him selfe. But as it is written: The rebukes of them which rebuked thee, fell on me. Romans 15:4 For whatsoeuer thynges haue ben written afore time, were written for our learnyng, that we through pacience and comfort of ye scriptures might haue hope. Romans 15:5 The God of pacience and consolation, graunt you to be lyke mynded one towardes another, after the ensample of Christe Iesu: Romans 15:6 That ye all agreeyng together, may with one mouth prayse God, and the father of our Lorde Iesus Christe.
but receive one the other, as Christ did us all,
Romans 15:7 Wherfore, receaue ye one another, as Christe receaued vs, to ye prayse of God.
Romans 15:8 And I say, that Iesus Christe was a minister of the circumcisio for the trueth of God, to confirme the promise [made] vnto the fathers:
Romans 15:9 And that the gentiles myght prayse God for his mercie, as it is written: For this cause I wyll praise thee among the gentiles, and syng vnto thy name. Romans 15:10 And againe he saith: Reioyce ye gentiles with his people. Romans 15:11 And againe: praise the Lord al ye gentiles, & laude him al ye people together. Romans 15:12 And againe Esaias saith: There shalbe the roote of Iesse, and he that shall rise to raigne ouer the gentiles, in hym shall the gentiles trust. Romans 15:13 The God of hope, fyll you with al ioy and peace in beleuyng, that ye may be riche in hope, through the power of the holy ghost. Romans 15:14 I my selfe am perswaded of you my brethre, that ye also are full of goodnes, and fylled with all knowledge, able also to exhort one another.
Paul excuseth his writing,
Romans 15:15 Neuerthelesse brethren, I haue somewhat more boldly written vnto you, to put you in remembraunce, through the grace that is geuen me of God, Romans 15:16 That I should be the minister of Iesus Christe, to the gentiles, and shoulde minister the Gospell of God, that the offeryng of the gentiles might be acceptable, and sanctified by the holy ghost. Romans 15:17 I haue therefore whereof I may reioyce through Christ Iesus, in those thynges which parteyne to God. Romans 15:18 For I dare not speake of any of those thinges which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the gentiles obedient with worde and deede, Romans 15:19 In myghtie signes and wonders, by the power of the spirite of God: so that from Hierusalem, & the coastes rounde about, vnto Illyricum, I haue fullye preached the Gospell of Christe. Romans 15:20 So haue I enforced my selfe to preach the Gospell, not where Christe was named, lest I shoulde haue buylt vpon an other mans foundation. Romans 15:21 But as it is written: To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that hearde not, shall vnderstande. Romans 15:22 For this cause I haue ben oft let, that I coulde not come vnto you. Romans 15:23 But nowe, seyng I haue no more to do in these countreys, and also haue ben desirous many yeres to come vnto you: Romans 15:24 Whensoeuer I take my iourney into Spayne, I wyll come to you: For I trust to see you in my iourney, and to be brought on my waye thytherwarde by you, after that I be somewhat fylled with you. Romans 15:25 But nowe go I vnto Hierusalem, to minister vnto the saintes. Romans 15:26 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia & Achaia to make a certaine comon gatheryng for the poore saintes whiche are at Hierusalem. Romans 15:27 It hath pleased them veryly, & their detters are they. For yf the gentiles be made partakers of their spirituall thynges, their duetie is to minister vnto the in carnall thynges.
and promiseth to see them,
Romans 15:28 When I haue perfourmed this, and haue sealed to the this fruite, I wyll come by you into Spayne. Romans 15:29 And I am sure, that when I come vnto you, I shall come with aboundaunce of the blessyng of the Gospell of Christe.
and requesteth their prayers.
Romans 15:30 I beseche you brethren for ye Lorde Iesus Christes sake, and for the loue of the spirite, that ye helpe me in my busynesse with your prayers to God for me: Romans 15:31 That I may be delyuered from them which beleue not in Iurie, & that this my seruice which I haue at Hierusalem may be accepted of the saintes: Romans 15:32 That I may come vnto you with ioy, by the wyll of God, and may with you be refresshed. Romans 15:33 The God of peace be with you al. Ame.