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Romans 1:13-32Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

13 Now I want you to know,[a] brothers, that I often planned to come to you (but was prevented until now) in order that I might have a fruitful ministry[b] among you, just as among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 I am obligated both to Greeks and barbarians,[c] both to the wise and the foolish. 15 So I am eager to preach the good news to you also who are in Rome.

The Righteous Will Live by Faith

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel,[d] because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. 17 For in it God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith,[e] just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.[f][g]

The Guilt of the Gentile World

18 For God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth, 19 since what can be known[h] about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse. 21 For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their senseless minds were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man, birds, four-footed animals, and reptiles.

24 Therefore God delivered them over in the cravings of their hearts to sexual impurity, so that their bodies were degraded among themselves. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served something created instead of the Creator, who is praised forever. Amen.

From Idolatry to Depravity

26 This is why God delivered them over to degrading passions. For even their females exchanged natural sexual relations[i] for unnatural ones. 27 The males in the same way also left natural relations[j] with females and were inflamed in their lust for one another. Males committed shameless acts with males and received in their own persons[k] the appropriate penalty of their error.

28 And because they did not think it worthwhile to acknowledge God, God delivered them over to a worthless mind to do what is morally wrong. 29 They are filled with all unrighteousness,[l] evil, greed, and wickedness. They are full of envy, murder, quarrels, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, arrogant, proud, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving,[m] and unmerciful. 32 Although they know full well God’s just sentence—that those who practice such things deserve to die[n]—they not only do them, but even applaud[o] others who practice them.

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 1:13 Lit I don’t want you to be unaware
  2. Romans 1:13 Lit have some fruit
  3. Romans 1:14 Or non-Greeks
  4. Romans 1:16 Other mss add of Christ
  5. Romans 1:17 Or revealed out of faith into faith
  6. Romans 1:17 Or The one who is righteous by faith will live
  7. Romans 1:17 Hab 2:4
  8. Romans 1:19 Or what is known
  9. Romans 1:26 Lit natural use
  10. Romans 1:27 Lit natural use
  11. Romans 1:27 Or in themselves
  12. Romans 1:29 Other mss add sexual immorality
  13. Romans 1:31 Other mss add unforgiving
  14. Romans 1:32 Lit things are worthy of death
  15. Romans 1:32 Lit even take pleasure in

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