1Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— 2the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life1:3 Or who according to the flesh was a descendant of David, 4and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power1:4 Or was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. 5Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from1:5 Or that is faith for his name’s sake. 6And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
7To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul’s Longing to Visit Rome
8First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. 9God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you 10in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you.
11I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— 12that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. 13I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,1:13 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 7:1, 4; 8:12, 29; 10:1; 11:25; 12:1; 15:14, 30; 16:14, 17. that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.
14I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. 15That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome.
16For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,1:17 Or is from faith to faith just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”1:17 Hab. 2:4
God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity
18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
1Bulus, bawan Kiristi Yesu, kirayaye don yă zama manzo, keɓaɓɓe kuma domin bisharar Allah. 2Bisharar da Allah ya yi alkawari tuntuni ta bakin annabawansa a cikin Nassosi Masu Tsarki 3game da Ɗansa. Wanda bisa ga mutuntakarsa, zuriyar Dawuda ne. 4Wanda bisa ga Ruhun tsarki, an shaida shi da iko cewa shi Ɗan Allah ne ta wurin tashinsa daga matattu. Wannan bishara kuwa game da Yesu Kiristi Ubangijinmu ne. 5Ta wurinsa da kuma saboda sunansa, muka sami alheri muka kuma zama manzanni don mu kira mutane daga cikin dukan Al’ummai zuwa ga biyayyar da take zuwa daga bangaskiya. 6Ku ma kuna cikin waɗanda aka kira ku zama na Yesu Kiristi.
7Wannan wasiƙa ce zuwa ga dukanku da kuke a Roma waɗanda Allah yake ƙauna, waɗanda kuma ya kira domin su zama tsarkaka.
Alheri da salama daga Allah Ubanmu da kuma daga Ubangiji Yesu Kiristi, su kasance tare da ku.
Bulus ya yi marmari yă ziyarci Roma
8Da farko, ina gode wa Allahna ta wurin Yesu Kiristi saboda ku duka, gama ana ba da labarin bangaskiyarku a ko’ina a duniya. 9Allah, wanda nake bauta wa da dukan zuciyata cikin wa’azin bisharar Ɗansa, shi ne shaidata a kan yadda kullum ina tunawa da ku 10cikin addu’o’ina a kowane lokaci; ina kuma addu’a cewa a ƙarshe in Allah ya yarda hanya za tă buɗe mini in zo wurinku.
11Ina marmarin ganinku don in ba ku wata baiwar ruhaniya, don ku yi ƙarfi 12wato, don ni da ku mu ƙarfafa juna ta wurin bangaskiyarmu. 13Ina so ku sani ’yan’uwa cewa na yi shirin zuwa wurinku sau da dama (amma aka hana ni yin haka sai yanzu). Na so in zo domin in sami mutane wa Kiristi a cikinku, kamar yadda na yi a cikin sauran Al’ummai.
14Ina da hakki ga Hellenawa da waɗanda ba Hellenawa ba, ga masu hikima da kuma marasa azanci. 15Shi ya sa na yi himma sosai in yi muku wa’azin bishara ku ma da kuke a Roma.
16Ba na jin kunyar bishara, gama ita ikon Allah ne domin ceton kowa da ya gaskata, da farko ga Yahudawa, sa’an nan ga Al’ummai. 17Gama a cikin bishara an bayyana adalci daga Allah wanda yake ta wurin bangaskiya daga farko zuwa ƙarshe, kamar yadda yake a rubuce cewa, “Mai adalci zai rayu ta wurin bangaskiya.”1.17 Hab 2.4
Fushin Allah a kan ’yan adam
18Ana bayyana fushin Allah daga sama a kan dukan rashin sanin Allah da kuma muguntar mutanen da suke danne gaskiya ta wurin muguntarsu, 19gama abin da ana iya sani game da Allah a bayyane yake a gare su, domin Allah ya bayyana musu shi. 20Gama tun halittar duniya halayen Allah marar ganuwa, madawwamin ikonsa da kuma allahntakarsa, ana iya ganinsu sarai, ana fahimtarsu ta wurin abubuwan da Allah ya halitta, domin kada mutane su sami wata hujja.
21Gama ko da yake sun san Allah, ba su ɗaukaka shi a matsayin Allah ko su gode masa ba, sai dai tunaninsu ya zama banza, zukatansu masu wauta kuma suka duhunta. 22Ko da yake sun ɗauka su masu hikima ne, sai suka zama wawaye, 23suka kuma yi musayar ɗaukakar Allah marar mutuwa da siffofin da aka ƙera su yi kama da mutum mai mutuwa da tsuntsaye da dabbobi da kuma halittu masu ja da ciki.
24Saboda haka Allah ya yashe su ga mugayen sha’awace-sha’awacen zukatansu ga fasikanci don a ƙasƙantar da jikunansu ga yin abin kunya. 25Sun sauya gaskiyar Allah da ƙarya, suka kuma yi wa abubuwan da aka halitta sujada suna bauta musu a maimakon Mahalicci, wanda ake yabo har abada. Amin.
26Saboda wannan, Allah ya yashe su ga sha’awace-sha’awacensu masu banƙyama. Har matansu suka sauya daga haɗuwar mace da miji wadda ita ce daidai bisa ga halitta zuwa haɗuwa da ’yan’uwansu mata wadda ba daidai ba. 27Haka ma maza suka bar al’adar kwana da mata suka tunzura cikin sha’awar kwana da juna, abin da ba daidai ba bisa ga halitta. Maza suka aikata rashin kunya da waɗansu maza, suka jawo wa kansu sakamako daidai da bauɗewarsu.
28Da yake ba su yi tunani cewa ya dace su riƙe sanin Allah da suke da shi ba, sai ya yashe su ga tunanin banza da wofi, su aikata abin da bai kamata a yi ba. 29Sun cika da kowace irin ƙeta, mugunta, kwaɗayi, da tunanin banza da wofi. Suka kuma cika da kishi, kisankai, faɗa, ruɗu, da kuma riƙo a zuci. Su masu gulma ne, 30da masu ɓata suna, masu ƙin Allah, masu rashin kunya, masu girman kai, masu rigima; sukan ƙaga hanyoyin yin mugunta; suna rashin biyayya ga iyayensu; 31su marasa hankali ne, marasa bangaskiya, marasa ƙauna, marasa tausayi. 32Ko da yake sun san dokar adalcin Allah cewa masu aikata irin waɗannan abubuwa sun cancanci mutuwa, duk da haka ba cin gaba da aikata waɗannan abubuwa kaɗai suke yi ba, har ma suna goyon bayan masu yinsu.