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Romans 15

The strong must bear with the weak.

Romans 15:1 We whych are stronge ought to beare the fraylnes of them, whych are weake, and not to stonde in oure awne consaytes.

We may not please ourselves,

Romans 15:2 Let euery man please hys neyghbour vnto hys welth and edifyinge.

for Christ did not so,

Romans 15:3 For Christ pleased not him selfe: but as it is written. The rebukes of them which rebuked þe, fell on me. Romans 15:4 Whatsoeuer thinges are written afore tyme, they are written for our learnynge, that we thorow pacience and comforte of the scriptures, myght haue hope. Romans 15:5 The God of pacyence and consolacyon, graunt you, to be lyke mynded one towardes another, after the ensample of Chryst Iesu: Romans 15:6 that ye all agreynge together maye wyth one mouth prayse God the father of oure Lorde Iesus Chryst.

but receive one the other, as Christ did us all,

Romans 15:7 Wherfore, receaue ye one another, as Chryst receaued vs, to the prayse of God.

both Jews

Romans 15:8 And thys I saye, that Iesus Chryst was a mynister of the circumcisyon for the trueth of God, to conferme the promyses made vnto þe fathers:

and Gentiles.

Romans 15:9 that the gentyls myght prayse God for hys mercy, as it is wrytten. For this cause I will prayse the amonge the gentyls, and synge vnto thy name. Romans 15:10 And agayne he sayth: reioyse ye gentyles wyth hys people. Romans 15:11 And agayne, prayse the Lorde all ye gentyls, and laude hym all ye nacyons together. Romans 15:12 And agayne Esay sayth: ther shalbe the rote of Iesie, and he that shall ryse to raygne ouer the gentyls: in hym shall the gentyls trust. Romans 15:13 The God of hope fyll you wyth all ioye and peace in beleuyng: that ye maye be ryche in hope, thorow the power of the holy ghost. Romans 15:14 I my selfe am full certifyed of you (my brethren) that ye also are full of goodnes, & fylled with all knowledge, willinge to exhorte one another.

Paul excuseth his writing,

Romans 15:15 Neuerthelesse (brethren) I haue some what more boldly wrytten vnto you, partely to put you in remembraunce, thorow the grace that is geuen me of God, Romans 15:16 that I shuld be þe minister of Iesu Christ amonge the Gentyls, & shuld minyster the Gospell of God, that the offeryng of the gentyls myght be acceptable, & sanctified by the holy ghost. Romans 15:17 I haue therfore wherof I maye reioyse thorow Chryst Iesu, in those thinges which pertayne to God. Romans 15:18 For I dare not speake of eny of those thynges, whych Chryst hath not wrought by me, to make þe Gentyls obedient, with worde and dede, Romans 15:19 in myghty sygnes & wonders, by the power of the sprete of God: so that from Ierusalem & the coastes rounde aboute vnto Illyrycum, I haue fylled all countres with the Gospell of Christ. Romans 15:20 So haue I enforsed my selfe to preache þe Gospell, not where Chryst was named, lest I shulde haue bylt on another mannes foundacyon: Romans 15:21 but as it is written. To whom he was not spoken of, they shall se: & they that hearde not, shall vnderstande. Romans 15:22 For this cause I haue bene ofte let þt I could not come vnto you: Romans 15:23 but nowe, seynge I haue nomore to do in these countrees, and also haue bene desyrous many yeares to come vnto you, Romans 15:24 whensoeuer I take my iorney into spayne, I wyll come to you. For I trust to se you in my iorney, and to be brought on my waye thither warde by you, after that I haue somwhat enioyed your acquaintaunce. Romans 15:25 Now go I vnto Ierusalem, and minister vnto the saynctes. Romans 15:26 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certayne distribucyon vpon the poore saynctes, whych are at Ierusalem. Romans 15:27 It hath pleased them verely, and their detters are they. For yf the Gentyls be made partetakers of their spirituall thynges, their dutie is to minyster vnto them in bodyly thinges.

and promiseth to see them,

Romans 15:28 When I haue performed this, and haue brought them this frute sealed, I wyll come backe agayne by you into Spayne. Romans 15:29 I am sure that when I come vnto you I shall come with aboundaunce of the blessynge of the Gospell of Chryst.

and requesteth their prayers.

Romans 15:30 I beseche you brethren for oure Lord Iesus Christes sake, and for the loue of þe sprete, that ye helpe me in my busynes with youre prayers to God for me, Romans 15:31 that I maye be delyuered from them which beleue not in Iewry: & that this my seruice, which I haue to do at Ierusalem, maye be accepted of the saynctes, Romans 15:32 that I maye come vnto you with ioye, by the will of God, and maye with you be refresshed. Romans 15:33 The God of peace be wyth you all. Amen.

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