The strong must bear with the weak.
Romans 15:1 We which are strong, ought to beare the infirmities of the weake, & not to please our selues.
We may not please ourselves,
Romans 15:2 Therefore let euery man please his neighbour in that that is good to edification.
for Christ did not so,
Romans 15:3 For Christ also would not please himselfe, but as it is written, The rebukes of them which rebuke thee, fell on me. Romans 15:4 For whatsoeuer things are written aforetime, are writte 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 giue you that ye be like minded one towards another, according to Christ Iesus, Romans 15:6 That ye with one minde, and with one mouth may prayse God, euen the Father of our Lord Iesus Christ.
but receive one the other, as Christ did us all,
Romans 15:7 Wherefore receiue ye one another, as Christ also receiued vs to the glory of God.
Romans 15:8 Nowe 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 let the Gentiles prayse God, for his mercie, as it is written, For this cause I wil confesse thee among the Gentiles, and sing vnto thy Name. Romans 15:10 And againe he saith, Reioyce, ye Gentiles with his people. Romans 15:11 And againe, Prayse the Lord, all ye Gentiles, and laude ye him, all people together. Romans 15:12 And againe Esaias sayth, There shall be a roote of Iesse, and hee that shall rise to reigne ouer the Gentiles, in him shall the Gentiles trust. Romans 15:13 Nowe the God of hope fill you with all ioye, and peace in beleeuing, that ye 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 goodnes, and filled with all knowledge, and are able to admonish one another.
Paul excuseth his writing,
Romans 15:15 Neuerthelesse, brethren, I haue somewhat boldly after a sort written vnto you, as one that putteth you in remembrance, through the grace that is giuen me of God, Romans 15:16 That I should be the minister of Iesus Christ toward 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 therefore whereof I may reioyce in Christ Iesus in those things which pertaine to God. Romans 15:18 For I dare not speake of any thing, which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient in worde and deede, Romans 15:19 With the power of signes and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God: so that from Hierusalem, and round about vnto Illyricum, I haue caused to abound the Gospel of Christ. Romans 15:20 Yea, so I enforced my selfe to preach the Gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should haue built on another mans foundation. Romans 15:21 But as it is written, To whome hee was not spoken of, they shall see him, and they that heard not, shall vnderstand him. Romans 15:22 Therefore also I haue bene oft let to come vnto you: Romans 15:23 But nowe seeing I haue no more place in these quarters, and also haue bene desirous many yeeres agone to come vnto you, Romans 15:24 When I shal 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, after that I haue bene somewhat filled with your company. Romans 15:25 But now go I to Hierusalem, to minister vnto the Saints. Romans 15:26 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia, to make a certaine distribution vnto the poore Saints which are at Hierusalem. Romans 15:27 For it hath pleased them, and their detters are they: for if the Gentiles be 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 I haue therefore performed this, and haue sealed them this fruite, I will passe by you into Spaine. Romans 15:29 And I knowe when I come, that I shall come to you with abundance of the blessing of the Gospel of Christ.
and requesteth their prayers.
Romans 15:30 Also brethren, I beseeche you for our Lord Iesus Christes sake, and for the loue of the spirit, that ye would striue with me by prayers to God for me, Romans 15:31 That I may be deliuered from them which are disobedient in Iudea, & that my seruice which I haue to doe at Hierusalem, may be accepted of the Saintes, 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 Thus the God of peace be with you all. Amen.