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 Romans
 

Sinners are saved only by faith in Jesus Christ
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1:20 – God, invisible and manifest 262.3.16;
5:3 - patience: tribulation produces p. 262.26.26;
5:11 brag: Jesus Christ lets us continue to b. about God 262.45.15;
7:21 – evil grins at good intentions 262.3.21;
8:16 - children: we are God's c. 262.7.8; 262.9.9; 262.10.16; 262.15.8; 262.19.12; 262.29.9/10; 262.32.5;
8:28 – happens: all that h. to us is working for our good 262.36.17;
8:29-30 - Son: God's S. is the firstborn of many children 262.12.4;
8:31 - for: if God is f. us, who is against us  262.25.5;
11:33 – depth: the d. of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God 262.47.14;
12:1 - sacrifice: present your bodies as a living s. 262.12.4; 262.29.13;
12:10 - love from the center of who you are 262.24.9
12:20 - coals: heap fiery c. of shame on his head 262.9.10;
14:7 - ourselves: we don't live to honor o. 262.9.9; 262.10.13; 262.17.7
14:8 - belong: whether we live or die, we b. to the Lord 262.29.11;
14:13 – criticism and stumbling blocks 262.3.13; 262.18.38; 262.30.11;
14:16 – evil: don’t allow what you think is good to become what others say is e. 262.47.12;


1:20 

20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  KJV

20 For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks). So [men] are without excuse [altogether without any defense or justification],  AMP

20 For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and ·all the things that make him God [his divine nature]—have been clearly ·seen [perceived], understood through what God has made. So people have no excuse.  EXB

20 From the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly observed in what he made. As a result, people have no excuse.  GW

20 From the beginning, creation in its magnificence enlightens us to His nature. Creation itself makes His undying power and divine identity clear, even though they are invisible; and it voids the excuses and ignorant claims of these people   VOICE

20 God’s eternal power and character cannot be seen. But from the beginning of creation, God has shown what these are like by all he has made. That’s why those people don’t have any excuse.  CEV

20 There are things about God that people cannot see—his eternal power and all that makes him God. But since the beginning of the world, those things have been easy for people to understand. They are made clear in what God has made. So people have no excuse for the evil they do.  ERV

20 There are things about him that people cannot see—his eternal power and all the things that make him God. But since the beginning of the world those things have been easy to understand by what God has made. So people have no excuse for the bad things they do.  

NCV


5:3 

3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  KJV

3 We also boast of our troubles, because we know that trouble produces endurance,  GNT

3 Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance.  AMP

3-5This doesn’t mean, of course, that we have only a hope of future joys—we can be full of joy here and now even in our trials and troubles. Taken in the right spirit these very things will give us patient endurance; this in turn will develop a mature character, and a character of this sort produces a steady hope, a hope that will never disappoint us. Already we have some experience of the love of God flooding through our hearts by the Holy Spirit given to us.  PHILLIPS


5:11 

11
 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.  KJV

11 And not in this way only, but also we glory in God by Our Lord Yeshua The Messiah, by whom we have now received the reconciliation.  ARAM

11 Not only so, but we also rejoice and exultingly glory in God [in His love and perfection] through our Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom we have now received and enjoy [our] reconciliation.  AMP

11 And in addition to everything else, we are happy because God sent our Lord Jesus Christ to make peace with us.  CEV

11 And not only that, but now we ·are also very happy [also rejoice/boast] in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we ·are now God’s friends again [have now received reconciliation].  EXB

11 And not only that: we even take pride in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, the one through whom we now have a restored relationship with God.  CEB

11 And not only will we be delivered in the future, but we are boasting about God right now, because he has acted through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, through whom we have already received that reconciliation.  CJB

11 And not only will we be saved, but we also rejoice right now in what God has done for us through our Lord Jesus Christ. It is because of Jesus that we are now God’s friends.  ERV

11 Now we rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God—all because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done in dying for our sins—making us friends of God.  TLB

11 In addition, our Lord Jesus Christ lets us continue to brag about God. After all, it is through Christ that we now have this restored relationship with God.  GW



7:21 

21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.  KJV

21 So I find it to be a law (rule of action of my being) that when I want to do what is right and good, evil is ever present with me and I am subject to its insistent demands.  AMP

21 So I find that this law is at work: when I want to do what is good, what is evil is the only choice I have.  GNT

21 So there is a law I find that it is at work in me. When I want to do what is right, I can only do what is wrong.  WE

21 So I find it to be the rule, a kind of perverse “torah,” that although I want to do what is good, evil is right there with me!  CJB

21 So I’ve discovered this truth: Evil is present with me even when I want to do what God’s standards say is good.  GW

21 Here’s an important principle I’ve discovered: regardless of my desire to do the right thing, it is clear that evil is never far away.  VOICE

21 This has become my way of life: When I want to do what is right, I always do what is wrong.  NLV

21 When I come up against the Law I want to do good, but in practice I do evil. 

PHILLIPS


8:16 

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  KJV

16 God's Spirit joins himself to our spirits to declare that we are God's children.  GNT

16God's Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children.  MSG

16 The Spirit himself confirms to our spirit that we are children of God,   LEB

16 And the Spirit himself joins with our spirits to say we are God's children.  NCV

16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.  NLT

16 So we say, `Father! Father!' The Spirit himself also, along with our own spirits, tells us that we are God's children.  WE


8:28 

28
 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  KJV

28 But we know that he helps those who love God in everything for good, those whom he preordained to be called.  ARAM

28 We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.  AMP

28 We know that ·in everything God works [or God works everything together; or everything works together (see text note)] for the good of those who love him. They are the people he called, ·because that was his plan [L …according to his purpose].  EXB

28 We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God—those whom he has called according to his plan.  GW

28 We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan.  VOICE

28 And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans.  TLB


8:29-30 

29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.  KJV


29 For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren.

30 And those whom He thus foreordained, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified (acquitted, made righteous, putting them into right standing with Himself). And those whom He justified, He also glorified [raising them to a heavenly dignity and condition or state of being]. AMP


29 God knew them before he made the world. And he decided that they would be like his Son. Then Jesus would be the firstborn of many brothers and sisters.

30 God planned for them to be like his Son. He chose them and made them right with him. And after he made them right, he gave them his glory.  ERV


29 This is true because he already knew his people and had already appointed them to have the same form as the image of his Son. Therefore, his Son is the firstborn among many children.

30
 He also called those whom he had already appointed. He approved of those whom he had called, and he gave glory to those whom he had approved of.  GW


29 ·God knew them before he made the world [L For those whom he foreknew…], ·and he chose them […he also predestined/chose beforehand] to be ·like [molded to the pattern of; conformed to the image of] his Son so that Jesus would be the firstborn [C the preeminent one, but also indicating others will follow] of many brothers and sisters [C Jesus’ resurrection confirms that his followers will also share in God’s glory].

30
 And those God ·chose to be like his Son [predestined; chose beforehand], he also called; and those he called, he also ·made right with him [declared righteous; justified]; and those he ·made right [declared righteous; justified], he also glorified [C both a past act in Christ, and a future transformation].  EXB


29-30
 God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.  MSG


29-30
 From the distant past, His eternal love reached into the future. You see, He knew those who would be His one day, and He chose them beforehand to be conformed to the image of His Son so that Jesus would be the firstborn of a new family of believers, all brothers and sisters. As for those He chose beforehand, He called them to a different destiny so that they would experience what it means to be made right with God and share in His glory.  VOICE


8:31 

13 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?  KJV

31 What therefore shall we say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?  ARAM

31 So what should we say about this? If God is for us, no one can stand against us. And God is with us.  ERV

31 So what should we say about this? If God is for us, no one can defeat us.  NCV

31 So what should we say about all of this? If God is on our side, then tell me: whom should we fear?  VOICE


11:33  

33
 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!  KJV

33 O! the highness of the riches of the wisdom and of the knowing of God; how incomprehensible be his dooms, and his ways be unsearchable. [O! the depth of the riches of wisdom and knowing of God; how incomprehensible be his dooms, and his ways unsearchable.]   WYC

33 Oh, the depth of the wealth, the wisdom and the knowledge of God, for man has not searched his judgment and his ways are not traced!  ARAM

33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unfathomable (inscrutable, unsearchable) are His judgments (His decisions)! And how untraceable (mysterious, undiscoverable) are His ways (His methods, His paths)!  AMP

33 O the depth of the riches of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God! How incomprehensible are his judgments, and how unsearchable his ways!  DRA

33-35 Frankly, I stand amazed at the unfathomable complexity of God’s wisdom and God’s knowledge. How could man ever understand his reasons for action, or explain his methods of working? For: ‘Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become his counsellor?’ ‘Or who has first given to him and it shall be repaid to him?’  PHILLIPS


12:1 

12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  KJV

12 I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.  AMP

12 1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.  MSG


A living sacrifice - A sacrifice is an offering made to God as an atonement for sin; or any offering made to him and his service as an expression of thanksgiving or homage. It implies that he who offers it presents it entirely, releases all claim or right to it, and leaves it to be disposed of for the honor of God.

This is the offering which the apostle entreats the Romans to make: to devote themselves to God, as if they had no longer any claim on themselves; to be disposed of by him; to suffer and bear all that he might appoint; and to promote his honor in any way which he might command. This is the nature of true religion.

Barnes' Notes on the Bible


So Paul also here bids us "present our bodies a living sacrifice." And how is the body, it may be said, to become a sacrifice? Let the eye look upon no evil thing, and it hath become a sacrifice; let thy tongue speak nothing filthy, and it hath become an offering; let thine hand do no lawless deed, and it hath become a whole burnt offering. Or rather this is not enough, but we must have good works also: let the hand do alms, the mouth bless them that cross one, and the hearing find leisure evermore for lections of Scripture. For sacrifice allows of no unclean thing: sacrifice is a first-fruit of the other actions. Let us then from our hands, and feet, and mouth, and all other members, yield a first-fruit unto God. Such a sacrifice is well pleasing.

Homilies of Chrysostom, quoted in Wherein Our Christian Sacrifice by R. Fiddes, D.D.


12:10 

10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;  KJV

10 Be affectionate to your brethren and love one another; be preferring and honoring one another.  ARAM

10 Love each other in a way that makes you feel close like brothers and sisters. And give each other more honor than you give yourself.  ERV

9-10 Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.  MSG



12:20 

20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.  KJV


20 On the contrary,
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
For by doing this, you will heap
fiery coals [of shame] on his head.”  CJB


20 But you should do this:
“If you have enemies who are hungry,
    give them something to eat.
If you have enemies who are thirsty,
    give them something to drink.
In doing this you will make them feel ashamed.”

Footnote: you will make them feel ashamed, means, literally, “you will pour burning coals on their head.” People in Old Testament times often put ashes on their heads to show that they were sad or sorry.  ERV


20 But,
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him.
    If he is thirsty, give him a drink.
        If you do this, you will make him feel guilty and ashamed.”  GW


20 Instead, as the scripture says: “If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them a drink; for by doing this you will make them burn with shame.”  GNT


20 But,
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him.
    If he is thirsty, give him a drink.
        If you do this, you will make him feel guilty and ashamed.”  NOG


20 Instead,
“If your enemies are hungry, feed them.
    If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap
    burning coals of shame on their heads.”  NLT


20-21 Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.  MSG

20 But consider this bit of wisdom: “If your enemy is hungry, give him something to eat. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink; because if you treat him kindly, it will be like heaping hot coals on top of his head.”  VOICE



14:7 

7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.  KJV

7 We don’t live for ourselves and we don’t die for ourselves.  CEB

7 We do not live for ourselves only, and we do not die for ourselves only.  GNT

7 We don’t live for ourselves alone. And we don’t die all by ourselves.  NIRV

7 It’s clear that we don’t live to honor ourselves, and we don’t die to honor ourselves.  GW

7 Whether we live or die, it must be for God, rather than for ourselves.  CEV

7-9 The truth is that we neither live nor die as self-contained units. At every turn life links us to God, and when we die we come face to face with him. In life or death we are in the hands of God. Christ lived and died that he might be the Lord in both life and death.  PHILLIPS

7 None of us lives as his own master, and none of us dies as his own master.  KNOX

7-9 None of us are permitted to insist on our own way in these matters. It’s God we are answerable to—all the way from life to death and everything in between—not each other. That’s why Jesus lived and died and then lived again: so that he could be our Master across the entire range of life and death, and free us from the petty tyrannies of each other.  MSG


14:8 

8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.  KJV

8 For if we live, we live for Our Lord, and if we die, we die for Our Lord; whether we live, therefore, or we die, we belong to Our Lord.  ARAM

8 for if we live, we live in relation to the Lord; and if we die, we die in relation to the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord —  CJB

8 Whether we live or die, it must be for the Lord. Alive or dead, we still belong to the Lord.  CEV

8 The truth is that we neither live nor die as self-contained units. At every turn life links us to God, and when we die we come face to face with him.  PHILLIPS

8 Living or dying we follow the Lord. Either way we are his.  TLB

 


14:13 

13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.  KJV

13 Then let us no more criticize and blame and pass judgment on one another, but rather decide and endeavor never to put a stumbling block or an obstacle or a hindrance in the way of a brother.  AMP

13 Let us therefore stop turning critical eyes on one another. If we must be critical, let us be critical of our own conduct and see that we do nothing to make a brother stumble or fall.  PHILLIPS

13 In light of this, we must resolve never to judge others and never to place an obstacle or impediment in their paths that could cause them to trip and fall.  VOICE

 

13 So let’s stop criticizing each other. Instead, you should decide never to do anything that would make other Christians have doubts or lose their faith.  GW


14:16  

16
 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:  KJV

16 Let not your good be spoken of as evil;  KJ21

16 Don’t let something you consider good be spoken of as if it were evil.  NIRV

16 Do not therefore let what seems good to you be considered an evil thing [by someone else]. [In other words, do not give occasion for others to criticize that which is justifiable for you.]  AMP

16 Do not allow what you think is good to ·become what others say is evil [be criticized/regarded as evil; L be slandered/blasphemed].  EXB

14-16 I am convinced, and I say this as in the presence of Christ himself, that nothing is intrinsically unholy. But none the less it is unholy to the man who thinks it is. If your habit of unrestricted diet seriously upsets your brother, you are no longer living in love towards him. And surely you wouldn’t let food mean ruin to a man for whom Christ died. You mustn’t let something that is all right for you look like an evil practice to somebody else.  PHILLIPS

16 Don’t let your right to eat bring shame to Christ.  CEV

 

 

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