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!

Nkwa Asem

Romafo 1

1Me nnamfonom a mowɔ Roma, saa nhoma yi fi me Yesu Kristo somfo Paulo a wɔayi me sɛ ɔsɛnkafo a wɔasoma me sɛ menkɔka Onyankopɔn Asɛmpa no nkyɛn.

Saa Asɛmpa yi ka no, Onyankopɔn adiyifo hyɛɛ ho nkɔm wɔ apam dedaw no mu.

Saa bɔhyɛ yi fa ne Ba Yesu Kristo a ɔyɛ yɛn Awurade a ɔba ma wɔwoo no sɛ akokoaa too ɔhene Dawid abusua mu no ho. Wɔnam Onyame a wɔnam no so nyanee no no so da ne nyameyɛ adi sɛ Onyankopɔn Ba.

Ɛnam Kristo so nti na Onyankopɔn ma meyɛɛ ɔsomafo maa Kristo sɛnea ɛbɛma nnipa a wɔwɔ aman nyinaa so begye adi na wɔadi so.

Mo a mowɔ Roma a Onyankopɔn afrɛ mo sɛ mommɛyɛ Kristo akyidifo no nso, moka ho bi. Ɛno nti, merekyerɛw mo a mowɔ Roma nyinaa a Onyankopɔn dɔ mo na wafrɛ mo sɛ mommɛyɛ n’akyidifo no: Ɔdom ne asomdwoe a efi yɛn agya Onyankopɔn ne Awurade Yesu nka mo.

Aseda mpae

Ansa na mɛka biribiara no, menam Yesu Kristo so da me Nyankopɔn ase ma mo nyinaa, efisɛ, mo gyidi a mowɔ no adu wiase mmaa nyinaa. Onyankopɔn a mede me koma nyinaa som no, na menam Asɛmpa a menam ne Ba so ka no nim sɛ, nea meka no yɛ nokware. Onyankopɔn nim sɛ mekae no daa.

10 Bere biara a mebɔ mpae no, mesrɛ Awurade sɛ ɔmmoa mma mintumi mmɛsra mo mprempren. 11 Efisɛ, mepere mehwehwɛ sɛ, mehu mo na maboa mo ama moanya Onyankopɔn honhom mu nhyira na ahyɛ mo den. 12 Nea mekyerɛ ne sɛ, me ne mo nyinaa benya honhom mu ahoɔden bere koro mu a mo de gyina me gyidi a mewɔ no so na me nso me de gyina mo gyidi a mowɔ no so no.

13 Me nuanom, monkae sɛ bere biara a mɛyɛ m’adwene sɛ merebɛsra mo no, na biribi abɛbɔ mu. Mepɛ sɛ mesakra nnipa adwene wɔ mo mu sɛnea mayɛ wɔ Amanamanmufo mu no. 14 Mo ne obiara, wɔn a wɔn ani atew ne wɔn a wɔn ani ntewee, wɔn a wɔasua ade ne wɔn a wonsuaa ade nyinaa ho asɛm yɛ m’asodi. 15 Ɛno nti, mede m’ahoɔden a mewɔ nyinaa aboa me ho sɛ mɛba mo nkyɛn wɔ Roma abɛka Onyankopɔn Asɛmpa no makyerɛ mo.

16 Ɛyɛ Onyankopɔn tumi sɛ ogye wɔn a wogye no di no nkwa; wɔn a wodi kan no ne Yudafo ɛne Amanamanmufo no nso. 17 Saa Asɛmpa yi kyerɛ yɛn sɛ, Onyankopɔn asiesie yɛn ama ɔsorokɔ. Asiesie yɛn pɛ wɔ Onyankopɔn anim sɛ yɛde yɛn gyidi hyɛ Kristo mu sɛ ɔno ne yɛn nkwagyefo no. Esiane gyidi nti, efi mfitiase kosi awiei no, biribiara awie pɛyɛ. Sɛnea Kyerɛwsɛm no ka no, “Sɛ obi benya nkwa a, na egyina to a ɔde ne ho bɛto Onyankopɔn so” no.

18 Onyankopɔn da n’abufuw adi fi soro de tia nnebɔneyɛfo nyinaa ne nnipa a wɔde nokware no hintaw afoforo no. 19 Onyankopɔn ho nokwasɛm no da adi wɔ wɔn mu; Onyankopɔn de ne ho nimdeɛ ahyɛ wɔn koma mu. 20 Efi bere a Onyankopɔn bɔɔ wiase no, ne tumi a ɛwɔ hɔ daa no ne ne nyamesu no ada adi. Nnipa nam Onyankopɔn abɔde so tumi hu saa nneɛma yi, enti wonni anoyi biara.

21 Wonim Onyankopɔn nanso wɔmfa ne nidi a ɛfata no no mma no na wɔnna no ase nso. Ayɛ saa ma wɔn adwene mu nnɔ na esum aduru mu. 22 Wɔka se wɔyɛ anyansafo nanso wɔyɛ nkwaseafo. 23 Ɛsɛ sɛ wɔsom Onyankopɔn nuonyamfo a ɔte hɔ daa no, wɔfaa nnua ne abo yɛɛ ahoni te sɛ nnomaa, mmoadoma, awɔ ne nnipa som wɔn.

24 Ɛno nti, Onyankopɔn ama wɔn ho kwan sɛ, wɔnyɛ afide a efi wɔn koma mu na afei, wɔne wɔn ho wɔn ho yɛ aniwude nso. 25 Wɔde Onyankopɔn ho nokwasɛm no sesaa atorosɛm na wɔsom abɔde twaa Ɔbɔadeɛ a daa wɔkamfo no no gyawee. Amen.

26 Esiane saa nti, Onyankopɔn ma wɔyɛɛ aniwude ma mpo na mmea fa wɔn yɔnkonom mmea. 27 Saa ara nso na na mmarima ne mmea nna na mmom, bɔne akɔnnɔ hyɛɛ wɔn ma wɔne wɔn ho wɔn ho dae nam so nyaa akatua a ɛsɛ wɔn.

28 Esiane sɛ nnipa poo Onyankopɔn ho nokware no nti, ɔma wɔfaa wɔn adwemmɔne so yɛɛ nneɛma a ɛnsɛ sɛ wɔyɛ. 29 Amumɔyɛ ahorow nyinaa, bɔne, anibere ne nnebɔne hyɛɛ wɔn ma. Nitan, awudi, akasakasa, nsisi ne ɔbra bɔne nso ka ho. Wodii nseku, 30 kaa nsɛm a ɛmfata faa afoforo ho; wokyii Onyankopɔn; wɔyɛɛ atutupɛ, ahantan ne ahomaso. Na daa wodwen sɛ wɔbɛyɛ bɔne. Wɔantie wɔn awofo asɛm. 31 Na wonni suban; na wonni wɔn bɔhyɛ so; na wonni ayamye ne ahummɔbɔ ma afoforo. 32 Na wonim sɛ Onyankopɔn mmara kyerɛ sɛ nnipa a wɔtena ase saa kwan so no sɛ owu. Nanso ɛnyɛ sɛ wɔn ara yɛɛ saa afide no nko, na mmom, wɔpenee afoforo a wɔyɛɛ saa bɔne koro no ara bi no so.