Mawu a Mulungu mu Chichewa Chalero

Aroma 1

1Ndine Paulo, mtumiki wa Khristu Yesu, woyitanidwa ndi Mulungu kukhala mtumwi. Ndinapatulidwa kuti ndilalikire Uthenga Wabwino wa Mulungu umene analonjeza kale mʼMalemba Oyera kudzera mwa aneneri ake. Uthengawu ndi wonena za Mwana wake amene mwa umunthu wake anali wochokera mwa Davide. Iyeyu ndi amene anatsimikizidwa kukhala Mwana wa Mulungu mwamphamvu za Mzimu Woyera pamene anauka kwa akufa. Kudzera mwa Ambuye athu Yesu Khristu, ife tinalandira chisomo chokhala atumwi oyitana anthu a mitundu yonse kuti amukhulupirire ndi kumumvera mwachikhulupiriro kuti dzina lake lilemekezedwe. Inunso muli mʼgulu la Amitundu oyitanidwawo kukhala ake a Yesu Khristu.

Ndikulembera kwa onse okhala ku Roma amene Mulungu amakukondani nakuyitanani kuti mukhale oyera mtima.

Chisomo ndi mtendere zochokera kwa Mulungu Atate athu ndi kwa Ambuye Yesu Khristu zikhale ndi inu.

Paulo Afunitsitsa Kukacheza ku Roma

Poyamba, ndikuthokoza Mulungu wanga kudzera mwa Yesu Khristu chifukwa cha nonsenu, pakuti pa dziko lonse lapansi anthu akukamba za chikhulupiriro chanu. Mulungu amene ndimamutumikira ndi mtima wanga onse polalikira Uthenga Wabwino wa Mwana wake, ndi mboni yanga kuti ndimakupemphererani nthawi zonse. 10 Mʼmapemphero anga, nthawi zonse, ndimapemphera kuti ngati nʼkotheka mwachifuniro cha Mulungu, njira inditsekukire kuti ndibwere kwanuko.

11 Ine ndikulakalaka kukuonani kuti ndikugawireni mphatso zina zauzimu kuti zikulimbikitseni 12 ndiponso kuti tonsefe tilimbikitsane mʼchikhulupiriro wina ndi mnzake. 13 Abale, ine sindifuna kuti mukhale osadziwa kuti nthawi zambiri ndakhala ndikufuna zobwera kwanuko, koma mpaka pano pali zolepheretsa, ndi cholinga choti ndidzapezeko zipatso pakati panupo monga momwe ndakhala ndikuchitira pakati pa a mitundu ina.

14 Ine ndi wokakamizidwa ndi udindo wotumikira Agriki pamodzi ndi omwe si Agriki, kwa anzeru ndi kwa opusa omwe. 15 Pa chifukwa chimenechi, ine ndikufunitsitsa kulalikira Uthenga Wabwino kwa inunso amene muli ku Roma.

16 Ine sindichita manyazi ndi Uthenga Wabwino chifukwa ndiwo mphamvu za Mulungu zopulumutsa aliyense amene akhulupirira, poyamba Myuda, kenaka Mhelene. 17 Pakuti mu Uthenga Wabwino anawulula kuti chilungamo chimachokera kwa Mulungu. Kuyambira pachiyambi mpaka potsiriza ndi chilungamo chobwera mwachikhulupiriro, monga kwalembedwera kuti, “Wolungama adzakhala ndi moyo mwachikhulupiriro.”

Mkwiyo wa Mulungu pa Mtundu wa Anthu

18 Mkwiyo wa Mulungu ukuonekera kuchokera kumwamba. Ukutsutsana ndi kusapembedza konse ndi kuyipa kwa anthu amene amapondereza choonadi mwa chikhalidwe chawo choyipa. 19 Za Mulungu zimene zingathe kudziwika, ndi zomveka bwino kwa iwo pakuti Mulungu anazionetsera kwa iwo. 20 Pakuti kuyambira pamene dziko lapansi linalengedwa, zinthu zosaoneka za Mulungu, mphamvu zake zosatha ndi chikhalidwe cha umulungu, zakhala zikuoneka bwinobwino. Akhala akuzindikira poona zimene Mulungu analenga, kotero kuti anthu sangathe kuwiringula.

21 Ngakhale iwo anadziwa Mulungu, sanamulemekeze ngati Mulungu kapena kumuthokoza, koma maganizo awo anasanduka wopanda pake ndipo mʼmitima yawo yopusa munadzaza mdima. 22 Ngakhale ankadzitama kuti ndi anzeru, anasanduka opusa. 23 Iwo anasinthanitsa ulemerero wa Mulungu wosafa ndi mafano opangidwa ndi manja wooneka ngati munthu amene amafa, kapena ngati mbalame, ndi nyama kapena zokwawa.

24 Nʼchifukwa chake Mulungu anawasiya kuti azingochita zilakolako zochititsa manyazi zauchimo zomwe mitima yawo inkafuna. Zotsatira zake anachita za chiwerewere wina ndi mnzake kunyazitsa matupi awo. 25 Iwo anasinthanitsa choonadi cha Mulungu ndi bodza ndipo anapembedza ndi kutumikira zinthu zolengedwa mʼmalo mwa Mlengi amene ali woyenera kutamandidwa mpaka muyaya. Ameni.

26 Chifukwa cha ichi, Mulungu anawasiya kuti azitsata zilakolako zochititsa manyazi. Ngakhale akazi omwe anasiya machitidwe achibadwidwe pa za ukwati, namachita machitidwe ena otsutsana ndi chibadwa chawo. 27 Chimodzimodzinso amuna analeka machitidwe a ukwati ndi akazi nʼkumakhumbana amuna okhaokha. Amuna ankachita zochitisa manyazizi ndi amuna anzawo, ndipo analandira chilango choyenera molingana ndi zochita zawo zachitayikozo.

28 Ndipo popeza anaona kuti nʼchopanda nzeru kumvera Mulungu, Iye anawasiya kuti atsatire maganizo achitayiko kuti achite zosayenera kuchitazo. 29 Iwo ndi odzazidwa ndi mtundu uliwonse wa makhalidwe oyipa, zonyansa, umbombo ndi dumbo. Iwo ndi odzazidwa ndi kaduka, kupha, mikangano, chinyengo ndi udani. Iwowo ndi amiseche, 30 osinjirira, odana ndi Mulungu, achipongwe, odzitama ndi odzitukumula. Iwo amapeza njira zochitira zoyipa. Samvera makolo awo, 31 alibe nzeru, chikhulupiriro, sakhudzidwa mu mtima ndipo ndi ankhanza. 32 Ngakhale kuti amadziwa chiweruzo cholungama cha Mulungu chakuti amene amachita zinthu zotere amayenera imfa, iwo sangopitiriza chabe zimenezi, koma amavomerezanso amene amazichita zimenezi.

The Message

Romans 1

1I, Paul, am a devoted slave of Jesus Christ on assignment, authorized as an apostle to proclaim God’s words and acts. I write this letter to all the believers in Rome, God’s friends.

2-7 The sacred writings contain preliminary reports by the prophets on God’s Son. His descent from David roots him in history; his unique identity as Son of God was shown by the Spirit when Jesus was raised from the dead, setting him apart as the Messiah, our Master. Through him we received both the generous gift of his life and the urgent task of passing it on to others who receive it by entering into obedient trust in Jesus. You are who you are through this gift and call of Jesus Christ! And I greet you now with all the generosity of God our Father and our Master Jesus, the Messiah.

8-12 I thank God through Jesus for every one of you. That’s first. People everywhere keep telling me about your lives of faith, and every time I hear them, I thank him. And God, whom I so love to worship and serve by spreading the good news of his Son—the Message!—knows that every time I think of you in my prayers, which is practically all the time, I ask him to clear the way for me to come and see you. The longer this waiting goes on, the deeper the ache. I so want to be there to deliver God’s gift in person and watch you grow stronger right before my eyes! But don’t think I’m not expecting to get something out of this, too! You have as much to give me as I do to you.

13-15 Please don’t misinterpret my failure to visit you, friends. You have no idea how many times I’ve made plans for Rome. I’ve been determined to get some personal enjoyment out of God’s work among you, as I have in so many other non-Jewish towns and communities. But something has always come up and prevented it. Everyone I meet—it matters little whether they’re mannered or rude, smart or simple—deepens my sense of interdependence and obligation. And that’s why I can’t wait to get to you in Rome, preaching this wonderful good news of God.

16-17 It’s news I’m most proud to proclaim, this extraordinary Message of God’s powerful plan to rescue everyone who trusts him, starting with Jews and then right on to everyone else! God’s way of putting people right shows up in the acts of faith, confirming what Scripture has said all along: “The person in right standing before God by trusting him really lives.”

Ignoring God Leads to a Downward Spiral

18-23 But God’s angry displeasure erupts as acts of human mistrust and wrongdoing and lying accumulate, as people try to put a shroud over truth. But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse. What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn’t treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand.

24-25 So God said, in effect, “If that’s what you want, that’s what you get.” It wasn’t long before they were living in a pigpen, smeared with filth, filthy inside and out. And all this because they traded the true God for a fake god, and worshiped the god they made instead of the God who made them—the God we bless, the God who blesses us. Oh, yes!

26-27 Worse followed. Refusing to know God, they soon didn’t know how to be human either—women didn’t know how to be women, men didn’t know how to be men. Sexually confused, they abused and defiled one another, women with women, men with men—all lust, no love. And then they paid for it, oh, how they paid for it—emptied of God and love, godless and loveless wretches.

28-32 Since they didn’t bother to acknowledge God, God quit bothering them and let them run loose. And then all hell broke loose: rampant evil, grabbing and grasping, vicious backstabbing. They made life hell on earth with their envy, wanton killing, bickering, and cheating. Look at them: mean-spirited, venomous, fork-tongued God-bashers. Bullies, swaggerers, insufferable windbags! They keep inventing new ways of wrecking lives. They ditch their parents when they get in the way. Stupid, slimy, cruel, cold-blooded. And it’s not as if they don’t know better. They know perfectly well they’re spitting in God’s face. And they don’t care—worse, they hand out prizes to those who do the worst things best!