Modern Literal Version
Modern Literal Version
[ Romans 1]

     {If you are reading the Letters written to Christians first, this is a better and more chronological order: James, 1&2 Thessalonians, Galatians, 1&2 Corinthians, then here in Romans, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1&2 Peter, Jude, Philemon, 1 Timothy, Titus, Hebrews, 2 Timothy, 1-3 John, Revelation. See the Reading Chart about page 13. But even if you don't follow this order always read Galatians before Romans.}

     1:1 Paul, bondservant of Jesus Christ, a called apostle, having been separated* to the good-news of God, 1:2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 1:3concerning his Son, (who was born from the seed of David according to the flesh, 1:4 who was determined as being the Son of God in power, according to the spirit of holiness, out of the resurrection of the dead), Jesus Christ our Lord. 1:5 Through whom, we received grace and apostleship, into the obedience of the faith in all the nations, on behalf of his name; 1:6 among whom you* are also called {Or: invited; and in all other instances in the MLV} of Jesus Christ.1:7 To all the ones who are in Rome, beloved of God, called holy-ones: grace to you* and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

     1:8 First indeed, I am giving-thanks to my God through Jesus Christ on behalf of all of you*, that your* faith is proclaimed in the whole world. 1:9 For* God is my witness, to whom I am giving-divine service in my spirit in the good-news of his Son, as I constantly make* a remembrance of you*. 1:10 I beseech God always in my prayers, if somehow now, I will be prospered in the will of God to come to you* someday, 1:11 for* I am longing to see you*, in order that I may give to you* some spiritual gift*, *that* you* may be established; 1:12 and this is my prayer to be encouraged together among you*, through the faith in one another, both yours* and mine. 1:13 Now brethren, I do not wish you* to be ignorant that I often purposed to come to you*(and I was prevented till presently), in order that I might also have some fruit among you*, just-as among the rest of the Gentiles. 1:14 I am a debtor both to Greeks and to Barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 1:15 So, as in me, I am eager to proclaim the good-news to you* also who are in Rome.

     1:16 For* I am not ashamed of the good-news of the Christ; for* it is the power of God *for salvation to everyone who believes; both to the Jew first and to the Greek. 1:17 For*therighteousness of God is revealed from faith to {Or: into} faith in it; just-as it has been written, 'But the righteous will be living from faith.' {Hab. 2:4}

     1:18 For* the wrath of God is revealed from heaven upon all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men and upon those holding back the truth in unrighteousness; 1:19 because what is known of God is apparent among them; for* God manifested it to them. 1:20 For* the invisible things of him are clearly seen from the creation of the world, being perceived by the things-made, both his eternal power and divinity; *that* they may be without defense; 1:21 because having known God, they did not glorify him as God, or gave-thanks to him, but became-futile in their reasonings and their heart was darkened without understanding. 1:22 They were foolish, claiming to be wise, 1:23and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into the likeness of an image of corruptible man and of birds and of four footed mammals and of reptiles.

     1:24 Hence also, God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts into uncleanness, to dishonor their bodies among themselves. 1:25 They exchanged the truth of God into the lie and worshiped and gave-divine service to the created thing contrary to the one who created it, who is gracious*forever. Amen.

     1:26 Because of this, God gave them up to passions of dishonor; for* both their females exchanged the natural use into what is contrary to anything natural; 1:27 and the males also likewise, having left the natural use of the female, burned in their lust toward one another, males with* males working forth indecency and receiving in themselves the recompense which was essential from their error.

     1:28 And just-as they did not approve to have God in their full knowledge, God gave them up to an unapproved mind, to do* things which are not proper. 1:29 They have been filled with all: unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, greed, malice; full of: envy, murder, strife, treachery, maliciousness. They are: malicious whisperers, 1:30 slandering, spiteful to God, insolent, haughty, braggarts, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 1:31 without understanding, covenant-breakers, cold-hearted, implacable and unmerciful. 1:32 Who, having fully known the ordinance of God, (that those practicing such things are worthy of death), are not only doing* the same things, but also are consenting with those who are practicing the same things.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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