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The People of the Kingdom

(Category 15 of 16)


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Bearing Others’ Burdens


1 We athen who are strong ought to bear with the 1scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
2 aLet each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to 1edification.

CHAPTER 15 References

1 a[Gal. 6:1, 2] 1weaknesses
2 a1 Cor. 9:22;
10:24, 33
1building up
3 aMatt. 26:39
bPs. 69:9
4 a1 Cor. 10:11
5 a1 Cor. 1:10
6 aActs 4:24
7 aRom. 14:1,
3 bRom. 5:2
1NU, M you
8 aMatt. 15:24
b2 Cor. 1:20
9 aJohn 10:16
b2 Sam. 22:50;
Ps. 18:49
10 aDeut.
11 aPs. 117:1
12 aIs. 11:1, 10
13 aRom.
12:12; 14:17
14 a2 Pet. 1:12
b1 Cor. 1:5;
8:1, 7, 10 1M
15 aRom. 1:5;
16 aRom. 11:13
b[Is. 66:20] 1Consisting of

3 aFor even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, b“The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.”
4 For awhatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the 1patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
5 aNow may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be likeminded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus,
6 that you may awith one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Glorify God Together

7 Therefore areceive one another, just bas Christ also received 1us, to the glory of God.
8 Now I say that aJesus Christ has become a 1servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, bto confirm the promises made to the fathers,
9 and athat the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written:

b“For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles, And sing to Your name.”

10 And again he says:

a“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people!”

11 And again:

a“Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples!”

12 And again, Isaiah says:

a“There shall be a root of Jesse; And He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, In Him the Gentiles shall hope.”

13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all ajoy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

From Jerusalem to Illyricum

14 Now aI myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, bfilled with all knowledge, able also to admonish 1one another.
15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more boldly to you on some points, as reminding you, abecause of the grace given to me by God,
16 that aI might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the boffering 1of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

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17 Therefore I have reason to glory in Christ Jesus ain the things which pertain to God.
18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things awhich Christ has not accomplished through me, in word and deed, bto make the Gentiles obedient—
19 ain mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
20 And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, alest I should build on another man’s foundation,
21 but as it is written:

a“To whom He was not announced, they shall see; And those who have not heard shall understand.”

Plan to Visit Rome

22 For this reason aI also have been much hindered from coming to you.
23 But now no longer having a place in these parts, and ahaving a great desire these many years to come to you,
24 whenever I journey to Spain, 1I shall come to you. For I hope to see you on my journey, aand to be helped on my way there by you, if first I may benjoy your company for a while.
25 But now aI am going to Jerusalem to 1minister to the saints.
26 For ait pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem.
27 It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For aif the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, btheir duty is also to minister to them in material things.
28 Therefore, when I have performed this and have sealed to them athis fruit, I shall go by way of you to Spain.
29 aBut I know that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing 1of the gospel of Christ.
30 Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and athrough the love of the Spirit, bthat you strive together with me in prayers to God for me,
31 athat I may be delivered from those in Judea who 1do not believe, and that bmy service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,
32 athat I may come to you with joy bby the will of God, and may cbe refreshed together with you.
33 Now athe God of peace be with you all. Amen.

17 aHeb. 2:17;
18 aActs 15:12;
21:19 bRom.
19 aActs 19:11
20 a[2 Cor.
10:13, 15, 16] 21 aIs. 52:15
22 aRom. 1:13
23 aActs 19:21;
24 aActs 15:3
bRom. 1:12
1NU omits I
shall come to
you and joins
Spain with
the next sentence.
25 aActs 19:21
26 a1 Cor. 16:1
27 aRom. 11:17
b1 Cor. 9:11
28 aPhil. 4:17
29 a[Rom.
1:11] 1NU
omits of the
30 aPhil. 2:1
b2 Cor. 1:11
31 a2 Tim.
3:11; 4:17 b2
Cor. 8:4 1are
32 aRom. 1:10
bActs 18:21
c1 Cor. 16:18
33 a1 Cor.

CHAPTER 16 References

1 aActs 18:18
2 aPhil. 2:29
bPhil. 1:27
3 aActs 18:2,
18, 26
5 a1 Cor. 16:19
b1 Cor. 16:15
1NU Asia
7 aActs 1:13,
26 bGal. 1:22
11 1Or relative
13 a2 John 1
16 a1 Cor.
16:20 1NU All
the churches
17 a[Acts 15:1] b[1 Cor. 5:9] 18 aPhil. 3:19
bCol. 2:4 1NU,
M omit Jesus
19 aRom. 1:8
bMatt. 10:16

ROMANS 16:19

Sister Phoebe Commended


1 I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in aCenchrea,
2 athat you may receive her in the Lord bin a manner worthy of the saints, and assist her in whatever business she has need of you; for indeed she has been a helper of many and of myself also.

Greeting Roman Saints

3 Greet aPriscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus,
4 who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.
5 Likewise greet athe church that is in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who is bthe firstfruits of 1Achaia to Christ.
6 Greet Mary, who labored much for us.
7 Greet Andronicus and Junia,my countrymen and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the aapostles, who also bwere in Christ before me.
8 Greet Amplias, my beloved in the Lord.
9 Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and Stachys, my beloved.
10 Greet Apelles, approved in Christ. Greet those who are of the household of Aristobulus.
11 Greet Herodion, my 1countryman. Greet those who are of the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord.
12 Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, who have labored in the Lord. Greet the beloved Persis, who labored much in the Lord.
13 Greet Rufus, achosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.
14 Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren who are with them.
15 Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them.
16 aGreet one another with a holy kiss. 1The churches of Christ greet you.

Avoid Divisive Persons

17 Now I urge you, brethren, note those awho cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and bavoid them.
18 For those who are such do not serve our Lord 1Jesus Christ, but atheir own belly, and bby smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.
19 For ayour obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be bwise in what is good, and 1simple concerning evil.

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ROMANS 16:20

20 And athe God of peace bwill crush Satan under your feet shortly. cThe grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Greetings from Paul’s Friends

21 aTimothy, my fellow worker, and bLucius, cJason, and dSosipater, my countrymen, greet you.
22 I, Tertius,who wrote this epistle, greet you in the Lord.
23 aGaius, my host and the host of the whole church, greets you. bErastus, the treasurer of the city, greets you, and Quartus, a brother.
24 aThe1 grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

20 aRom. 15:33
bGen. 3:15
c1 Cor. 16:23
21 aActs 16:1
bActs 13:1
cActs 17:5
dActs 20:4
23 a1 Cor. 1:14
bActs 19:22
24 a1 Thess.
5:28 1NU
omits v. 24.
25 a[Eph. 3:20] bRom. 2:16
cEph. 1:9
dCol. 1:26; 2:2;
4:3 1M puts
Rom. 16:25–27
after Rom.


25 1Now ato Him who is able to establish you baccording to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, caccording to the revelation of the mystery dkept secret since the world began
26 but anow made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for bobedience to the faith—
27 to aGod, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.

26 aEph. 1:9 bRom. 1:5 27 aJude 25

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Prayer for Deliverance from Evil Men

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1 DELIVER me, O LORD, from evil men; Preserve me from violent men,
2 Who plan evil things in their hearts; aThey continually gather together for war.
3 They sharpen their tongues like a serpent; The apoison of asps is under their lips. Selah

4 aKeep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; Preserve me from violent men, Who have purposed to make my steps stumble.
5 The proud have hidden a asnare for me, and cords; They have spread a net by the wayside; They have set traps for me. Selah

6 I said to the LORD: “You are my God; Hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.

PSALM 140 References

2 aPs. 56:6
3 aPs. 58:4;
Rom. 3:13;
James 3:8
4 aPs. 71:4
5 aPs. 35:7;
Jer. 18:22
7 1sheltered
8 aDeut. 32:27
10 aPs. 11:6
12 a1 Kin. 8:45;
Ps. 9:4

7 O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, You have 1covered my head in the day of battle.
8 Do not grant, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; Do not further his wicked scheme, aLest they be exalted. Selah

9 “As for the head of those who surround me, Let the evil of their lips cover them;
10 aLet burning coals fall upon them; Let them be cast into the fire, Into deep pits, that they rise not up again.
11 Let not a slanderer be established in the earth; Let evil hunt the violent man to overthrow him.”

12 I know that the LORD will amaintain The cause of the afflicted, And justice for the poor.
13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name; The upright shall dwell in Your presence.




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