THE HOLY BIBLE Douay-Rheims

The Epistle of St. Paul the Apostle to the Romans (Author Paul)

1:1¤ Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God.

1:2Which he had promised before, by his prophets, in the holy scriptures,

1:3Concerning his Son, who was made to him of the seed of David, according to the flesh,

1:4Who was predestinated the Son of God in power, according to the spirit of sanctification, by the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead:

1:5By whom we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith, in all nations, for his name:

1:6Among whom are you also the called of Jesus Christ:

1:7To all that are at Rome, the beloved of God, called to be saints. Grace to you and peace, from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

1:8First, I give thanks to my God, through Jesus Christ, for you all: because your faith is spoken of in the whole world.

1:9For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make a commemoration of you:

1:10Always in my prayers making request, if by any means now at length I may have a prosperous journey, by the will of God, to come unto you.

1:11For I long to see you that I may impart unto you some spiritual grace, to strengthen you:

1:12That is to say, that I may be comforted together in you by that which is common to us both, your faith and mine.

1:13And I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that I have often purposed to come unto you (and have been hindered hitherto) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.

1:14To the Greeks and to the barbarians, to the wise and to the unwise, I am a debtor.

1:15So (as much as is in me) I am ready to preach the gospel to you also that are at Rome.

1:16For I am not ashamed of the gospel. For it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth: to the Jew first and to the Greek.

1:17For the justice of God is revealed therein, from faith unto faith, as it is written: The just man liveth by faith.

1:18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and injustice of those men that detain the truth of God in injustice:

1:19Because that which is known of God is manifest in them. For God hath manifested it unto them.

1:20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made. His eternal power also and divinity: so that they are inexcusable.

1:21Because that, when they knew God, they have not glorified him as God or given thanks: but became vain in their thoughts. And their foolish heart was darkened.

1:22For, professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.

1:23And they changed the glory of the incorruptible God into the likeness of the image of a corruptible man and of birds, and of fourfooted beasts and of creeping things.

1:24Wherefore, God gave them up to the desires of their heart, unto uncleanness: to dishonour their own bodies among themselves.

1:25Who changed the truth of God into a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

1:26For this cause, God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature.

1:27And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts, one towards another: men with men, working that which is filthy and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error.

1:28And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient.

1:29Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness: full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity: whisperers,

1:30Detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

1:31Foolish, dissolute: without affection, without fidelity, without mercy.

1:32Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death: and not only they that do them, but they also that consent to them that do them.

2:1¤ Wherefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest. For wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself. For thou dost the same things which thou judgest.

2:2For we know that the judgment of God is, according to truth, against them that do such things.

2:3And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them who do such things and dost the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

2:4Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and patience and longsuffering? Knowest thou not that the benignity of God leadeth thee to penance?

2:5But according to thy hardness and impenitent heart, thou treasurest up to thyself wrath, against the day of wrath and revelation of the just judgment of God:

2:6Who will render to every man according to his works.

2:7To them indeed who, according to patience in good work, seek glory and honour and incorruption, eternal life:

2:8But to them that are contentious and who obey not the truth but give credit to iniquity, wrath and indignation.

2:9Tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man that worketh evil: of the Jew first, and also of the Greek.

2:10But glory and honour and peace to every one that worketh good: to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

2:11For there is no respect of persons with God.

2:12For whosoever have sinned without the law shall perish without the law: and whosoever have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law.

2:13For not the hearers of the law are just before God: but the doers of the law shall be justified.

2:14For when the Gentiles, who have not the law, do by nature those things that are of the law; these, having not the law, are a law to themselves.

2:15Who shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness to them: and their thoughts between themselves accusing or also defending one another,

2:16In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.

2:17But if thou art called a Jew and restest in the law and makest thy boast of God,

2:18And knowest his will and approvest the more profitable things, being instructed by the law:

2:19Art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them that are in darkness,

2:20An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, having the form of knowledge and of truth in the law.

2:21Thou therefore, that teachest another, teachest not thyself: thou, that preachest that men should not steal, stealest.

2:22Thou, that sayest men should not commit adultery, committest adultery: thou, that abhorrest idols, committest sacrilege:

2:23Thou, that makest thy boast of the law, by transgression of the law dishonourest God.

2:24(For the name of God through you is blasphemed among the Gentiles, as it is written.)

2:25Circumcision profiteth indeed, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a transgressor of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.

2:26If then, the uncircumcised keep the justices of the law, shall not this uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?

2:27And shall not that which by nature is uncircumcision, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision art a transgressor of the law?

2:28For it is not he is a Jew, who is so outwardly: nor is that circumcision which is outwardly in the flesh.

2:29But he is a Jew that is one inwardly and the circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit not in the letter: whose praise is not of men, but of God.

3:1¤ What advantage then hath the Jew: or what is the profit of circumcision?

3:2Much every way. First indeed, because the words of God were committed to them.

3:3For what if some of them have not believed? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid!

3:4But God is true and every man a liar, as it is written: That thou mayest be justified in thy words and mayest overcome when thou art judged.

3:5But if our injustice commend the justice of God, what shall we say? Is God unjust, who executeth wrath?

3:6(I speak according to man.) God forbid! Otherwise how shall God judge this world?

3:7For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie, unto his glory, why am I also yet judged as a sinner?

3:8And not rather (as we are slandered and as some affirm that we say) let us do evil that there may come good? Whose damnation is just.

3:9What then? Do we excel them? No, not so. For we have charged both Jews and Greeks, that they are all under sin.

3:10As it is written: There is not any man just.

3:11There is none that understandeth: there is none that seeketh after God.

3:12All have turned out of the way: they are become unprofitable together: there is none that doth good, there is not so much as one.

3:13Their throat is an open sepulchre: with their tongues they have dealt deceitfully. The venom of asps is under their lips.

3:14Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:

3:15Their feet swift to shed blood:

3:16Destruction and misery in their ways:

3:17And the way of peace they have not known.

3:18There is no fear of God before their eyes.

3:19Now we know that what things soever the law speaketh, it speaketh to them that are in the law: that every mouth may be stopped and all the world may be made subject to God.

3:20Because by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified before him. For by the law is the knowledge of sin.

3:21But now, without the law, the justice of God is made manifest, being witnessed by the law and the prophets.

3:22Even the justice of God, by faith of Jesus Christ, unto all, and upon all them that believe in him: for there is no distinction.

3:23For all have sinned and do need the glory of God.

3:24Being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

3:25Whom God hath proposed to be a propitiation, through faith in his blood, to the shewing of his justice, for the remission of former sins, through the forbearance of God,

3:26For the shewing of his justice in this time: that he himself may be just and the justifier of him who is of the faith of Jesus Christ

3:27Where is then thy boasting? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith.

3:28For we account a man to be justified by faith, without the works of the law.

3:29Is he the God of the Jews only? Is he not also of the Gentiles? yes, of the Gentiles also.

3:30For it is one God that justifieth circumcision by faith and uncircumcision through faith.

3:31Do we then, destroy the law through faith? God forbid! But we establish the law.

4:1¤ What shall we say then that Abraham hath found, who is our father according to the flesh?

4:2For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory, but not before God.

4:3For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God: and it was reputed to him unto justice.

4:4Now to him that worketh, the reward is not reckoned according to grace but according to debt.

4:5But to him that worketh not, yet believeth in him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is reputed to justice, according to the purpose of the grace of God.

4:6As David also termeth the blessedness of a man to whom God reputeth justice without works:

4:7Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven: and whose sins are covered.

4:8Blessed is the man to whom the Lord hath not imputed sin.

4:9This blessedness then, doth it remain in the circumcision only or in the uncircumcision also? For we say that unto Abraham faith was reputed to justice.

4:10How then was it reputed? When he was in circumcision or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.

4:11And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the justice of the faith which he had, being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, being uncircumcised: that unto them also it may be reputed to justice:

4:12And he might be the father of circumcision; not to them only that are of the circumcision, but to them also that follow the steps of the faith that is in the uncircumcision of our father Abraham.

4:13For not through the law was the promise to Abraham or to his seed, that he should be heir of the world: but through the justice of faith.

4:14For if they who are of the law be heirs, faith is made void: the promise is made of no effect.

4:15For the law worketh wrath. For where there is no law, neither is there transgression.

4:16Therefore is it of faith, that according to grace the promise might be firm to all the seed: not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,

4:17(As it is written: I have made thee a father of many nations), before God, whom he believed: who quickeneth the dead and calleth those things that are not, as those that are.

4:18Who against hope believed in hope; that he might be made the father of many nations, according to that which was said to him: So shall thy seed be.

4:19And he was not weak in faith. Neither did he consider his own body, now dead (whereas he was almost an hundred years old), nor the dead womb of Sara.

4:20In the promise also of God he staggered not by distrust: but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God:

4:21Most fully knowing that whatsoever he has promised, he is able also to perform.

4:22And therefore it was reputed to him unto justice.

4:23Now it is not written only for him, that it was reputed to him unto justice,

4:24But also for us, to whom it shall be reputed, if we believe in him that raised up Jesus Christ, our Lord, from the dead,

4:25Who was delivered up for our sins and rose again for our justification.



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