Amplified Bible

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.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

罗马书 1

问候

1我是基督耶稣的奴仆保罗,蒙召做使徒,奉命传上帝的福音。 这福音是上帝从前借着众先知在圣经中应许的, 讲的是上帝的儿子——我们的主耶稣基督的事。从肉身来说,祂是大卫的后裔; 从圣洁的灵来看,祂从死里复活,用大能显明自己是上帝的儿子。 我们从祂领受了恩典并成为使徒,要带领万民信从祂,使祂的名得荣耀。 你们也是其中蒙召信从耶稣基督的人。 我问候所有住在罗马、上帝所爱、蒙召做圣徒的人。愿我们的父上帝和主耶稣基督赐给你们恩典和平安!

保罗渴望去罗马

首先,我借着耶稣基督为各位感谢我的上帝,因为你们的信心正在传遍天下。 9-10 我在祂儿子的福音事工上全心事奉的上帝可以为我做见证:我如何在祷告中常常想到你们,并求上帝让我照祂的旨意最终能去你们那里。 11 因为我实在想见你们,好将一些属灵的恩赐分给你们,使你们坚固, 12 也可以说是借着我们彼此的信心互相激励。

13 弟兄姊妹,我希望你们知道,我曾多次计划去你们那里,要在你们中间收获一些福音的果子,像在其他外族人中一样,只是至今仍有拦阻。 14 不论是希腊人、非希腊人[a]、智者、愚人,我对他们都有义务。 15 所以,我也切望能将福音传给你们在罗马的人。

16 我不以福音为耻,因为这福音是上帝的大能,要拯救一切相信的人,先是犹太人,然后是希腊人。 17 这福音显明了上帝的义,这义始于信,终于信,正如圣经上说:“义人必靠信心而活。”

人类的罪恶

18 上帝的烈怒从天上降下,要惩罚一切心中无神、行为不义、压制真理的人。 19 有关上帝的事情,可以让人类知道的都已经显而易见,因为上帝已经向人类显明了。 20 自从创造天地以来,上帝永恒的大能和神性是明明可知的,虽然肉眼看不见,但透过受造之物就可以领悟,因而人类毫无借口推说不知。 21 他们虽然明知有上帝,却不把祂当作上帝,既不将荣耀归给祂,也不感谢祂。他们的思想因此变得荒谬无用,无知的心也变得昏暗不明。 22 他们自以为聪明,其实愚不可及, 23 以必朽的人、飞禽、走兽和爬虫的形象来取代永恒上帝的荣耀。

24 因此,上帝任凭他们随从内心的情欲行污秽的事,玷污彼此的身体。 25 他们把上帝的真理当作谎言,祭拜、供奉受造之物,却不敬拜、事奉造物主。主是永远值得称颂的。阿们!

26 因此,上帝任凭他们放纵可耻的情欲。女人放弃正常的两性关系,做出变态反常的事。 27 男人也背弃了和女人正常的两性关系,欲火焚烧,同性之间彼此贪恋,男人和男人做出羞耻不堪的事。他们必在自己的身体上遭受应得的报应。

28 既然他们故意不认识上帝,上帝就任凭他们心思败坏,做不当做的事。 29 他们心里塞满了各种不义、邪恶、贪婪、阴险、嫉妒、凶杀、纷争、诡诈、恶毒;说长道短、 30 背后批评、怨恨上帝、欺侮别人、心骄气傲、自高自大、自我吹捧、无恶不作、违背父母、 31 愚钝无知、不守信用、无情无义、毫无怜悯。 32 他们明知,按上帝公义的法则,做这些事的人该死,不但执迷不悟,还喜欢别人跟他们同流合污。

Notas al pie

  1. 1:14 非希腊人”希腊文是“未开化的人”,指在希腊、罗马文化影响之外的人。