New Living Translation

Romans 1

Greetings from Paul

1This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News. God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the holy Scriptures. The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line, and he was shown to be[a] the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit.[b] He is Jesus Christ our Lord. Through Christ, God has given us the privilege[c] and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.

And you are included among those Gentiles who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ. I am writing to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to be his own holy people.

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

God’s Good News

Let me say first that I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith in him is being talked about all over the world. God knows how often I pray for you. Day and night I bring you and your needs in prayer to God, whom I serve with all my heart[d] by spreading the Good News about his Son.

10 One of the things I always pray for is the opportunity, God willing, to come at last to see you. 11 For I long to visit you so I can bring you some spiritual gift that will help you grow strong in the Lord. 12 When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.

13 I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters,[e] that I planned many times to visit you, but I was prevented until now. I want to work among you and see spiritual fruit, just as I have seen among other Gentiles. 14 For I have a great sense of obligation to people in both the civilized world and the rest of the world,[f] to the educated and uneducated alike. 15 So I am eager to come to you in Rome, too, to preach the Good News.

16 For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.[g] 17 This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”[h]

God’s Anger at Sin

18 But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness.[i] 19 They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. 20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. 26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.

28 Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. 29 Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. 30 They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. 31 They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. 32 They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:4a Or and was designated.
  2. 1:4b Or by the Spirit of holiness; or in the new realm of the Spirit.
  3. 1:5 Or the grace.
  4. 1:9 Or in my spirit.
  5. 1:13 Greek brothers.
  6. 1:14 Greek to Greeks and barbarians.
  7. 1:16 Greek also the Greek.
  8. 1:17 Or “The righteous will live by faith.” Hab 2:4.
  9. 1:18 Or who, by their wickedness, prevent the truth from being known.

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。