New International Reader's Version

Romans 1

1I, Paul, am writing this letter. I serve Christ Jesus. I have been appointed to be an apostle. God set me apart to tell others his good news. He promised the good news long ago. He announced it through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures. The good news is about God’s Son. He was born into the family line of King David. By the Holy Spirit, he was appointed to be the mighty Son of God. God did this by raising him from the dead. He is Jesus Christ our Lord. We received grace because of what Jesus did. He made us apostles to the Gentiles. We must invite all of them to obey God by trusting in Jesus. We do this to bring glory to him. You also are among those Gentiles who are appointed to belong to Jesus Christ.

I am sending this letter to all of you in Rome. You are loved by God and appointed to be his holy people.

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

Paul Longs to Visit Rome

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you. People all over the world are talking about your faith. I serve God with my whole heart. I preach the good news about his Son. God knows that I always remember you 10 in my prayers. I pray that now at last it may be God’s plan to open the way for me to visit you.

11 I long to see you. I want to make you strong by giving you a gift from the Holy Spirit. 12 I want us to encourage one another in the faith we share. 13 Brothers and sisters, I want you to know that I planned many times to visit you. But until now I have been kept from coming. My work has produced results among the other Gentiles. In the same way, I want to see results among you.

14 I have a duty both to Greeks and to non-Greeks. I have a duty both to wise people and to foolish people. 15 So I really want to preach the good news also to you who live in Rome.

16 I want to preach it because I’m not ashamed of the good news. It is God’s power to save everyone who believes. It is meant first for the Jews. It is meant also for the Gentiles. 17 The good news shows God’s power to make people right with himself. God’s power to be made right with him is given to the person who has faith. It happens by faith from beginning to end. It is written, “The one who is right with God will live by faith.” (Habakkuk 2:4)

God’s Anger Against Sinners

18 God shows his anger from heaven. It is against all the godless and evil things people do. They are so evil that they say no to the truth. 19 The truth about God is plain to them. God has made it plain. 20 Ever since the world was created it has been possible to see the qualities of God that are not seen. I’m talking about his eternal power and about the fact that he is God. Those things can be seen in what he has made. So people have no excuse for what they do.

21 They knew God. But they didn’t honor him as God. They didn’t thank him. Their thinking became worthless. Their foolish hearts became dark. 22 They claimed to be wise. But they made fools of themselves. 23 They would rather have statues of gods than the glorious God who lives forever. Their statues of gods are made to look like people, birds, animals and reptiles.

24 So God let them go. He allowed them to do what their sinful hearts wanted to. He let them commit sexual sins. They made one another’s bodies impure by what they did. 25 They chose a lie instead of the truth about God. They worshiped and served created things. They didn’t worship the Creator. But he is praised forever. Amen.

26 So God let them continue to have their shameful desires. Their women committed sexual acts that were not natural. 27 In the same way, the men turned away from their natural love for women. They burned with sexual desire for each other. Men did shameful things with other men. They suffered in their bodies for all the wrong things they did.

28 They didn’t think it was important to know God. So God let them continue to have evil thoughts. They did things they shouldn’t do. 29 They are full of every kind of sin, evil and ungodliness. They want more than they need. They commit murder. They want what belongs to other people. They fight and cheat. They hate others. They say mean things about other people. 30 They tell lies about them. They hate God. They are rude and proud. They brag. They think of new ways to do evil. They don’t obey their parents. 31 They do not understand. They can’t be trusted. They are not loving and kind. 32 They know that God’s commands are right. They know that those who do evil things should die. But they continue to do those very things. They also approve of others who do them.

Knijga O Kristu

Poslanica Rimljanima 1

Tu je Radosnu vijest Bog već odavno obećao po svojim prorocima u Svetome pismu.

Ta je Radosna vijest o njegovu Sinu Isusu Kristu, našemu Gospodinu, koji je postao čovjekom rodivši se kao potomak kralja Davida.

Isus Krist, naš Gospodin, pokazao je da je Božji Sin kad ga je Bog silnom moći podignuo od mrtvih Duhom svetosti.

Kroz Krista nam je Bog iskazao milost i dao apostolstvo da naviještamo svim narodima što je Bog učinio za njih, tako da uzvjeruju i poslušaju ga te donesu slavu njegovu imenu.

I vi ste među onima koji su pozvani pripadati Isusu Kristu.

Svima vama u Rimu, koje on istinski ljubi: pozvani ste po Isusu Kristu da budete njegovi, njegov sveti narod.Neka vam bude sva Božja milost i mir od Boga, našega Oca, i od našega Gospodina Isusa Krista.

Božja Radosna vijest

Najprije zahvaljujem svojemu Bogu po Isusu Kristu za sve vas, što vaša vjera u Boga postaje poznata po svemu svijetu.

Bog mi je svjedok koliko se često molim za vas. Neprekidno se molim za vas onomu kojemu služim svim srcem[a] navješćujući drugima Radosnu vijest o njegovu Sinu.

10 Stalno se molim i za priliku, ako bude Božja volja, da vas napokon uspijem posjetiti.

11 Čeznem vas vidjeti da podijelim s vama darove Svetoga Duha, da se osnažite u Gospodinu,

12 te da vas ohrabrim u vjeri, ali i da se ja ohrabrim vašom vjerom.

13 Htio bih da znate, draga braćo, da sam više puta kanio doći da djelujem među vama i vidim dobre rezultate, baš kao što sam vidio i među drugim narodima, ali dosad sam bio spriječen.

14 Dužan sam služiti i civiliziranim i barbarskim narodima,[b] učenima jednako kao i neukima.

15 Zato i vama u Rimu želim propovijedati Radosnu vijest.

16 Zaista, ne stidim se Radosne vijesti o Isusu Kristu jer je ona Božja sila koja spašava svakoga tko vjeruje - ponajprije židove, ali i druge narode.[c]

17 Ta nam Radosna vijest govori na koji nas način Bog čini pravednima u svojim očima: od početka do svršetka samo vjerom. Kao što piše u Svetome pismu: 'Pravednik će živjeti po vjeri.'[d]

Božji gnjev na grijeh

18 Ali s neba se zaista očituje Božji gnjev na svaku bezbožnost i nepravednost ljudi koji bezbožnim životom sprečavaju da istina o Bogu iziđe na vidjelo.

19 Jer što se o Bogu može znati, zapravo im je već poznato. On im je to obznanio:

20 njegova nevidljiva svojstva - vječna sila i božanstvo još se od stvaranja svijeta mogu umom razabrati po njegovim djelima. Zato nemaju isprike.

21 Jer iako su znali da Bog postoji, nisu mu kao Bogu iskazali ni slavu ni zahvalnost, nego su im misli postale ispraznima, a nerazumno im je srce potamnjelo.

22 Tvrdeći za sebe da su mudri, postali su bezumnima

23 te su se, umjesto slavnome i besmrtnome Bogu, počeli klanjati raspadljivim obličjima, kipovima i slikama čovjeka, ptica, četveronožaca i gmazova.

24 Zato ih je Bog prepustio nečistoći njihova pohotnog srca pa sami obeščašćuju svoja tijela.

25 Jer oni su umjesto Božje istine odabrali laž. Klanjali su se i služili stvorenju umjesto Stvoritelju kojemu pripada slava uvijeke. Amen.

26 Bog ih je zato predao njihovim sramotnim strastima: umjesto da imaju prirodne spolne odnose, žene opće međusobno, što je protunaravno,

27 a muškarci također nemaju naravne odnose sa ženama, već su usplamtjeli pohotom jedni za drugima. Muškarci s muškarcima čine sramotne stvari te na sebi primaju zasluženu kaznu za svoje zastranjenje.

28 Zato što nisu držali vrijednim spoznati Boga, Bog ih je predao pokvarenu načinu razmišljanja da čine ono što ne dolikuje.

29 žive u kojekakvim grijesima, pokvarenosti, lakomosti i pakosti; puni su zavisti, ubojstva, svađe, lukavštine i podmuklosti; ogovaraju,

30 klevetnici su, mrze Boga, nasilnici su, oholi, umišljeni. Stalno smišljaju nova zla, neposlušni su roditeljima,

31 nerazumni, nevjerni, bešćutni i nemilosrdni.

32 Znaju da prema Božjoj odredbi ljudi koji tako čine zaslužuju smrt, ali svejedno tako postupaju. Štoviše, i drugima odobravaju takve postupke te ih tako na njih potiču.

Notas al pie

  1. Poslanica Rimljanima 1:9 U grčkome: svojim duhom.
  2. Poslanica Rimljanima 1:14 U grčkome: i Grcima i barbarima
  3. Poslanica Rimljanima 1:16 U grčkome: Grke.
  4. Poslanica Rimljanima 1:17 Habakuk 2:4.