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Romans 1

The Gospel Exalted

1Paul, a [a]bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle (special messenger, personally chosen representative), set apart for [preaching] the [b]gospel of God [the good news of salvation], which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the sacred Scriptures— [the good news] regarding His Son, who, as to the flesh [His human nature], was born a descendant of David [to fulfill the covenant promises], and [as to His divine nature] according to the Spirit of holiness was openly designated to be the Son of God with power [in a triumphant and miraculous way] by His resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. It is through Him that we have received grace and [our] apostleship to promote obedience to the faith and make disciples for His name’s sake among all the Gentiles, and you also are among those who are called of Jesus Christ to belong to Him;

[I am writing] to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called to be saints (God’s people) and set apart for a sanctified life, [that is, set apart for God and His purpose]: Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith [your trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness] is being proclaimed in all the world. For God, whom I serve with my spirit by preaching the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how continuously I mention you 10 in my prayers; always pleading that somehow, by God’s will, I may now at last come to you. 11 For I long to see you so that I may share with you some spiritual gift, to strengthen and establish you; 12 that is, that we may be mutually encouraged and comforted by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. 13 I do not want you to be unaware, [c]brothers and sisters, that many times I have planned to come to you, (and have been prevented so far) so that I may have some fruit [of my labors] among you, even as I have among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 I have a duty to perform and a debt to pay both to Greeks and to barbarians [the cultured and the uncultured], both to the wise and to the foolish. 15 So, for my part, I am ready and eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome.

16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation [from His wrath and punishment] to everyone who believes [in Christ as Savior], to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith [disclosed in a way that awakens more faith]. As it is written and forever remains written, “The just and upright shall live by faith.”

Unbelief and Its Consequences

18 For [God does not overlook sin and] the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who in their wickedness suppress and stifle the truth, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them [in their inner consciousness], for God made it evident to them. 20 For ever since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through His workmanship [all His creation, the wonderful things that He has made], so that they [who fail to believe and trust in Him] are without excuse and without defense. 21 For even though [d]they knew God [as the Creator], they did not [e]honor Him as God or give thanks [for His wondrous creation]. On the contrary, they became worthless in their thinking [godless, with pointless reasonings, and silly speculations], and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory and majesty and excellence of the immortal God for [f]an image [worthless idols] in the shape of mortal man and birds and four-footed animals and reptiles.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their own hearts to [sexual] impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them [abandoning them to the degrading power of sin], 25 because [by choice] they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading and vile passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural [a function contrary to nature], 27 and in the same way also the men turned away from the natural function of the woman and were consumed with their desire toward one another, men with men committing shameful acts and in return receiving in their own bodies the inevitable and appropriate penalty for their wrongdoing.

28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God or consider Him worth knowing [as their Creator], God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do things which are improper and repulsive, 29 until they were filled (permeated, saturated) with every kind of unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice and mean-spiritedness. They are gossips [spreading rumors], 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors [of new forms] of evil, disobedient and disrespectful to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful [without pity]. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree and His judgment, that those who do such things deserve death, yet they not only do them, but they even [enthusiastically] approve and tolerate others who practice them.

Notas al pie

  1. Romans 1:1 I.e. a person in bondage. One who belongs to another.
  2. Romans 1:1 In ancient Greece the word translated as “good news” or “gospel” was used to denote, among other things, success in a battle.
  3. Romans 1:13 Lit brethren, includes all born-again believers: men, women, and children.
  4. Romans 1:21 Anyone who attributes the existence of the world to chance or to a different creator is already guilty of deliberately rejecting God, because to deny the true God one must set aside common sense.
  5. Romans 1:21 Lit glorify.
  6. Romans 1:23 Paul’s indictment of idolatry (images) is logical and devastating. He emphasizes that idols are essentially copies of living creatures, whether in human form (as, for example, in ancient Greek myth) or otherwise (as in Egyptian idolatry and metaphysics). These lifeless images are clearly powerless, and even the living creatures which they supposedly represent are either nonexistent hybrids and monsters, or else ordinary creatures on earth who could hardly create so much as a grain of sand.

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Romerne 1

Indledende hilsen—Jesus som Guds Søn

1Kære medkristne i Rom!

Dette brev er fra Paulus, som er kaldet til at være apostel i tjenesten for Jesus Kristus. Det var Gud, der udvalgte mig til at sprede det glædelige budskab, som han for længe siden talte om gennem sine profeter, og som er nedskrevet i de hellige Skrifter. 3-4 Profeterne forudsagde, at der skulle komme en Frelser, og det er Jesus, Guds Søn og vores Herre. Hvad hans menneskelighed angår, nedstammer han fra Kong David, men hvad hans hellige åndsnatur angår, blev han ved opstandelsen fra de døde anerkendt som Guds magtfulde Søn. Det er ham, der har givet os nåde og kraft til at være hans apostle og hjælpe folk fra alle folkeslag til at leve i tillidsfuld lydighed over for Gud. Det gælder også jer i Rom, som er kaldet til at tilhøre Jesus Kristus.

Nåde være med jer og fred fra Gud, vores Far, og Jesus Kristus, vores Herre. I skal vide, at Gud elsker jer, og at I er kaldet til at leve for ham.

Paulus ønsker at besøge de kristne i Rom

Først af alt takker jeg Gud for alt, hvad han har gjort for jer gennem Jesus Kristus. Jeres tro er jo blevet kendt i hele verden! Gud er mit vidne på, at jeg tit tænker på jer og beder for jer, alt imens jeg sætter hele mit liv ind på at forkynde budskabet om hans Søn. 10 Og jeg beder til stadighed om, at Gud snart vil gøre det muligt for mig at komme og besøge jer. 11 Jeg længes efter at se jer, for at jeg kan udruste jer med Åndens gaver, så I kan blive styrket i jeres tro, 12 eller snarere, at vi kan opmuntre og styrke hinanden gennem vores fælles tro.

13 I skal vide, kære venner, at jeg tit har tænkt på at besøge jer, så jeg kunne være til hjælp for jer ligesom for de andre menigheder. Men der er altid kommet noget i vejen. 14-15 Jeg længes efter at forkynde budskabet om Jesus også i Rom, for det er min opgave at forkynde det for alle mennesker, uanset om de er veluddannede eller uuddannede, om de bliver set op til eller set ned på.

Kristendommens kerne

16 Jeg skammer mig bestemt ikke over at fortælle budskabet om Jesus, for det indeholder en guddommelig kraft, som er i stand til at give evigt liv til alle, der tror på ham. Budskabet kom først til jøderne, men nu når det ud til alle mennesker. 17 Kernen i budskabet er, at vi bliver accepteret af Gud og erklæret skyldfri bare ved at overgive os til ham i tro og leve i den tro. Der står jo også i Skriften: „Den retskafne får livet ved sin tro.”[a]

Ugudelige mennesker vil blive straffet for deres ondskab

18 Guds straf hænger over hovedet på de mennesker, der undertrykker sandheden ved deres ugudelighed og uretfærdighed. 19-20 De kan ikke undskylde sig med, at de ikke kender noget til Gud, for han har sat sine tydelige spor i skaberværket. Godt nok kan man ikke direkte se eller måle den evige Gud, men den verden, han har skabt, viser hans guddommelige magt. 21 De kender altså noget til Gud, men de viser ham hverken respekt eller taknemmelighed. Tværtimod har deres tåbelige tanker ført dem ud i et tomt og håbløst liv. 22 De tror, de er så kloge, men i virkeligheden er de det modsatte. 23 I stedet for at tilbede den evige og mægtige Gud dyrker de alle mulige slags hjemmelavede afguder, der forestiller mennesker, fugle, slanger eller andre dyr.

24 Derfor har Gud ladet dem følge deres egne lyster, selvom de ødelægger sig selv gennem de skamløse ting, de gør med hinanden. 25 De vil hellere tro på en løgn end på sandheden om Gud, og de tilbeder det skabte i stedet for Skaberen, som fortjener evig tilbedelse. 26 Derfor har Gud ladet dem følge deres skamløse lyster. Kvinder har imod naturens orden et seksuelt forhold til andre kvinder i stedet for til mænd. 27 På samme måde har mænd et forhold til andre mænd, og på den måde tilfredsstiller de deres lyster. Men resultatet af deres fejltagelse rammer dem selv.

28 Fordi de ikke sætter pris på at lære Gud bedre at kende, har han overladt dem til deres egen forfejlede tankegang og umoralske livsførelse. 29 De er ondskabsfulde, selviske, jaloux, voldelige, stride, uhæderlige, feje og fulde af løgn. 30 De taler ondt om andre mennesker og hader Gud. De er arrogante og overlegne. De er i oprør mod forældre, praler af deres bedrifter og finder altid på nye ondskabsfuldheder. 31 De er tåbelige, illoyale, afstumpede og ubarmhjertige. 32 De ved godt, hvad Gud ønsker, de skal gøre, og at han har ret til at straffe den slags med døden. Alligevel lever de på den måde og bekræfter hinanden i deres umoralske livsstil.

Notas al pie

  1. 1,17 Citatet er fra Hab. 2,4. Ordene „retskaffen” og „retfærdig” henviser i bibelsk sammenhæng til en person, Gud kan acceptere, en, som gør Guds vilje.