Weak and the Strong (continued)
15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the
infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
15:2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good
15:3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is
written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on
15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were
written for our learning, that we through patience and
comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
15:5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to
be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
15:6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God,
even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15:7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also
received us to the glory of God.
15:8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the
circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises
made unto the fathers:
15:9 And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy;
as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee
among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.
15:10 And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his
15:11 And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud
him, all ye people.
15:12 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of
Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in
him shall the Gentiles trust.
15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace
in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power
of the Holy Ghost.
Paul the Minister to the
15:14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren,
that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all
knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
15:15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more
boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind,
because of the grace that is given to me of God,
15:16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the
Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering
up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by
the Holy Ghost.
15:17 I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus
Christ in those things which pertain to God.
15:18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things
which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles
obedient, by word and deed,
15:19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the
Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto
Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
15:20 Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not
where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another
15:21 But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of,
they shall see: and they that have not heard shall
15:22 For which cause also I have been much hindered from
coming to you.
Paulís Plan to Visit
15:23 But now having no more place in these parts, and
having a great desire these many years to come unto you;
15:24 Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come
to you: for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be
brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat
filled with your company.
15:25 But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the
15:26 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to
make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at
15:27 It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they
are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their
spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them
in carnal things.
15:28 When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed
to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain.
15:29 And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall
come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.
15:30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus
Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye
strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;
15:31 That I may be delivered from them that do not believe
in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem
may be accepted of the saints;
15:32 That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God,
and may with you be refreshed.
15:33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.