THE HOLY BIBLE Douay-Rheims

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

12:1¤ I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercy of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing unto God, your reasonable service.

12:2And be not conformed to this world: but be reformed in the newness of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and the acceptable and the perfect will of God.

12:3For I say, by the grace that is given me, to all that are among you, not to be more wise than it behoveth to be wise, but to be wise unto sobriety and according as God hath divided to every one the measure of faith.

12:4For as in one body we have many members, but all the members have not the same office:

12:5So we, being many, are one body in Christ; and every one members one of another:

12:6And having different gifts, according to the grace that is given us, either prophecy, to be used according to the rule of faith;

12:7Or ministry, in ministering; or he that teacheth, in doctrine;

12:8He that exhorteth, in exhorting; he that giveth, with simplicity; he that ruleth, with carefulness; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

12:9Let love be without dissimulation. Hating that which is evil, cleaving to that which is good,

12:10Loving one another with the charity of brotherhood: with honour preventing one another.

12:11In carefulness not slothful. In spirit fervent. Serving the Lord.

12:12Rejoicing in hope. Patient in tribulation. Instant in prayer.

12:13Communicating to the necessities of the saints. Pursuing hospitality.

12:14Bless them that persecute you: bless, and curse not.

12:15Rejoice with them that rejoice: weep with them that weep.

12:16Being of one mind one towards another. Not minding high things, but consenting to the humble. Be not wise in your own conceits.

12:17To no man rendering evil for evil. Providing good things, not only in the sight of God but also in the sight of all men.

12:18If it be possible, as much as is in you, have peace with all men.

12:19Revenge not yourselves, my dearly beloved; but give place unto wrath, for it is written: Revenge is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.

12:20But if thy enemy be hungry, give him to eat; if he thirst, give him to drink. For, doing this, thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head.

12:21Be not overcome by evil: but overcome evil by good.

13:1¤ Let every soul be subject to higher powers. For there is no power but from God: and those that are ordained of God.

13:2Therefore, he that resisteth the power resisteth the ordinance of God. And they that resist purchase to themselves damnation.

13:3For princes are not a terror to the good work, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good: and thou shalt have praise from the same.

13:4For he is God's minister to thee, for good. But if thou do that which is evil, fear: for he beareth not the sword in vain. For he is God's minister: an avenger to execute wrath upon him that doth evil.

13:5Wherefore be subject of necessity: not only for wrath, but also for conscience' sake.

13:6For therefore also you pay tribute. For they are the ministers of God, serving unto this purpose.

13:7Render therefore to all men their dues. Tribute, to whom tribute is due: custom, to whom custom: fear, to whom fear: honour, to whom honour.

13:8Owe no man any thing, but to love one another. For he that loveth his neighbour hath fulfilled the law.

13:9For: Thou shalt not commit adultery: Thou shalt not kill: Thou shalt not steal: Thou shalt not bear false witness: Thou shalt not covet. And if there be any other commandment, it is comprised in this word: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

13:10The love of our neighbour worketh no evil. Love therefore is the fulfilling of the law.

13:11And that, knowing the season, that it is now the hour for us to rise from sleep. For now our salvation is nearer than when we believed.

13:12The night is passed And the day is at hand. Let us, therefore cast off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light.

13:13Let us walk honestly, as in the day: not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and impurities, not in contention and envy.

13:14But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ: and make not provision for the flesh in its concupiscences.

14:1¤ Now him that is weak in faith, take unto you: not in disputes about thoughts.

14:2For one believeth that he may eat all things: but he that is weak, let him eat herbs.

14:3Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not: and he that eateth not, let him not judge him that eateth. For God hath taken him to him.

14:4Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? To his own lord he standeth or falleth. And he shall stand: for God is able to make him stand.

14:5For one judgeth between day and day: and another judgeth every day. Let every man abound in his own sense.

14:6He that regardeth the day regardeth it unto the Lord. And he that eateth eateth to the Lord: for he giveth thanks to God. And he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not and giveth thanks to God.

14:7For none of us liveth to himself: and no man dieth to himself.

14:8For whether we live, we live unto the Lord: or whether we die, we die unto the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's.

14:9For to this end Christ died and rose again: that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

14:10But thou, why judgest thou thy brother? Or thou, why dost thou despise thy brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

14:11For it is written: As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me and every tongue shall confess to God.

14:12Therefore every one of us shall render account to God for himself.

14:13Let us not therefore judge one another any more. But judge this rather, that you put not a stumblingblock or a scandal in your brother's way.

14:14I know, and am confident in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.

14:15For if, because of thy meat, thy brother be grieved, thou walkest not now according to charity. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.

14:16Let not then our good be evil spoken of.

14:17For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink: but justice and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.

14:18For he that in this serveth Christ pleaseth God and is approved of men.

14:19Therefore, let us follow after the things that are of peace and keep the things that are of edification, one towards another.

14:20Destroy not the work of God for meat. All things indeed are clean: but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.

14:21It is good not to eat flesh and not to drink wine: nor any thing whereby thy brother is offended or scandalized or made weak.

14:22Hast thou faith? Have it to thyself before God. Blessed is he that condemneth not himself in that which he alloweth.

14:23But he that discerneth, if he eat, is condemned; because not of faith. For all that is not of faith is sin.

15:1¤ Now, we that are stronger ought to bear the infirmities of the weak and not to please ourselves.

15:2Let every one of you Please his neighbour unto good, to edification.

15:3For Christ did not please himself: but, as it is written: The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell upon me.

15:4For what things soever were written were written for our learning: that, through patience and the comfort of the scriptures, we might have hope.

15:5Now the God of patience and of comfort grant you to be of one mind, one towards another, according to Jesus Christ:

15:6That with one mind and with one mouth you may glorify God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

15:7Wherefore, receive one another, as Christ also hath received you, unto the honour of God.

15:8For I say that Christ Jesus was minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:

15:9But that the Gentiles are to glorify God for his mercy, as it is written: Therefore will I confess to thee, O Lord, among the Gentiles and will sing to thy name.

15:10And again he saith: rejoice ye Gentiles, with his people.

15:11And again: praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles: and magnify him, all ye people.

15:12And again, Isaias saith: There shall be a root of Jesse; and he that shall rise up to rule the Gentiles, in him the Gentiles shall hope.

15:13Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing: that you may abound in hope and in the power of the Holy Ghost.

15:14And I myself also, my brethren, am assured of you that you also are full of love, replenished with all knowledge, so that you are able to admonish one another.

15:15But I have written to you, brethren, more boldly in some sort, as it were putting you in mind, because of the grace which is given me from God,

15:16That I should be the minister of Christ Jesus among the Gentiles: sanctifying the gospel of God, that the oblation of the Gentiles may be made acceptable and sanctified in the Holy Ghost.

15:17I have therefore glory in Christ Jesus towards God.

15:18For I dare not to speak of any of those things which Christ worketh not by me, for the obedience of the Gentiles, by word and deed,

15:19By the virtue of signs and wonders, in the power of the Holy Ghost, so that from Jerusalem round about, as far as unto Illyricum, I have replenished the gospel of Christ.

15:20And I have so preached this gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation.

15:21But as it is written: They to whom he was not spoken of shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand.

15:22For which cause also, I was hindered very much from coming to you and have been kept away till now.

15:23But now, having no more place in these countries and having a great desire these many years past to come unto you,

15:24When I shall begin to take my journey into Spain, I hope that, as I pass, I shall see you and be brought on my way thither by you: if first, in part, I shall have enjoyed you.

15:25But now I shall go to Jerusalem, to minister unto the saints.

15:26For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a contribution for the poor of the saints that are in Jerusalem.

15:27For it hath pleased them: and they are their debtors. For, if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, they ought also in carnal things to minister to them.

15:28When therefore I shall have accomplished this and consigned to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain.

15:29And I know that when I come to you I shall come in the abundance of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.

15:30I beseech you therefore, brethren, through our Lord Jesus Christ and by the charity of the Holy Ghost, that you help me in your prayers for me to God,

15:31That I may be delivered from the unbelievers that are in Judea and that the oblation of my service may be acceptable in Jerusalem to the saints.

15:32That I may come to you with joy, by the will of God, and may be refreshed with you.

15:33Now the God of peace be with, you all. Amen.

16:1¤ And I commend to you Phebe, our sister, who is in the ministry of the church, that is in Cenchrae:

16:2That you receive her in the Lord as becometh saints and that you assist her in whatsoever business she shall have need of you. For she also hath assisted many, and myself also.

16:3Salute Prisca and Aquila, my helpers, in Christ Jesus

16:4(Who have for my life laid down their own necks: to whom not I only give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles),

16:5And the church which is in their house. Salute Epenetus, my beloved: who is the firstfruits of Asia in Christ.

16:6Salute Mary, who hath laboured much among you.

16:7Salute Andronicus and Junias, my kinsmen and fellow prisoners: who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.

16:8Salute Ampliatus, most beloved to me in the Lord.

16:9Salute Urbanus, our helper in Christ Jesus and Stachys, my beloved.

16:10Salute Apelles, approved in Christ. Salute them that are of Aristobulus' household.

16:11Salute Herodian, my kinsman. Salute them that are of Narcissus' household, who are in the Lord.

16:12Salute Tryphaena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute Persis, the dearly beloved, who hath much laboured in the Lord.

16:13Salute Rufus, elect in the Lord, and his mother and mine.

16:14Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes: and the brethren that are with them.

16:15Salute Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympias: and all the saints that are with them.

16:16Salute one another with an holy kiss. All the churches of Christ salute you.

16:17Now I beseech you, brethren, to mark them who make dissensions and offences contrary to the doctrine which you have learned and avoid them.

16:18For they that are such serve not Christ our Lord but their own belly: and by pleasing speeches and good words seduce the hearts of the innocent.

16:19For your obedience is published in every place. I rejoice therefore in you. But I would have you to be wise in good and simple in evil.

16:20And the God of peace crush Satan under your feet speedily. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

16:21Timothy, my fellow labourer, saluteth you: and Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen.

16:22I, Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord.

16:23Caius, my host, and the whole church saluteth you. Erastus, the treasurer of the city, saluteth you: and Quartus, a brother.

16:24The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

16:25Now to him that is able to establish you, according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret from eternity;

16:26(Which now is made manifest by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the precept of the eternal God, for the obedience of faith) known among all nations:

16:27To God, the only wise, through Jesus Christ, to whom be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.



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