Modern Literal Version

[Romans 16]

     16:1 Now I commend to you* Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of my needs from the congregation* in Cenchreae: 16:2 in order that you* should accept her in the Lord, worthy of the holy-ones, and that*you* should stand beside her in whatever matter she has need from you*. For*she herself has also become an assistant of many, and of me myself.

     16:3 Greet* Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, 16:4 who risked their own neck on behalf of my life; whom I not only give-thanks, but also all the congregations* of the Gentiles;16:5 and the congregation*who is in their house. Greet* Epaenetus, my beloved, who is the first-fruit of Achaia to Christ. 16:6 Greet* Mary, who labored much *for us. 16:7 Greet* Andronicus and Junias, my relatives and my fellow captives, who are notable even among the apostles, who has also happened to be in Christ before me. 16:8 Greet* Amplias, my beloved in the Lord. 16:9 Greet*Urbanus our fellow worker in Christ and Stachys my beloved. 16:10 Greet* Apelles, the approved, in Christ. Greet* those who are from the household of Aristobulus. 16:11 Greet* Herodion my relative. Greet* those from the household of Narcissus, who are in the Lord. 16:12 Greet*Tryphaena and Tryphosa, who are laboring in the Lord. Greet* the beloved Persis, who labored much in the Lord. 16:13 Greet* Rufus, the chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine. 16:14 Greet*Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Hermas, Patrobas and the brethren who are together with them.16:15 Greet* Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the holy-ones who are together with them. 16:16 Greet* one another with* a holy kiss. The congregations* of Christ greet you*.

     16:17 Now brethren, I am encouraging you*, to note those making {Or: practicing} the dissensions and the offenses contrary to the teaching which you* learned and are practicing, and shun* away from them. 16:18 For* such are not serving* our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and they are deceiving the hearts of the guiltless through their smooth-talk and the speaking well of the guiltless.

     16:19 For* your* obedience has reached out to all men. Therefore I rejoice over you*, but I wish for you* to be indeed wise as to what is good, and harmless to what is evil. 16:20 Now the God of peace will crush the Adversary under your* feet shortly.

     The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is among you*.

     16:21 Timothy my fellow worker greets you*, and Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my relatives.16:22 I Tertius, who wrote this letter, greet you* in the Lord. 16:23 Gaius greets you*, my host and of the whole congregation*. Erastus the steward of the city greets you* and Quartus the brother. 16:24The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is with all of you*. Amen.

     {Verses 16:25-27 in the KJV are in the Majority Text as Romans 14:24 - 14:26.}

     16:25 {14:24}Now to the one who is able to establish you* according to my good-news and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which having been kept-silent in times everlasting, 16:26 {14:25}but now having been manifested and by the prophetic Scriptures, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, was made known to all the nations, into the obedience of the faith; 16:27 {14:26}to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, in whom is the glory is forever. Amen.

     {NOTES: You should read the 'Definitions' Section and other non-bible sections.}

{{ Introduction to 1 Corinthians 56-58 AD

    If you could find a place where sin was rampant, it was Corinth. Then what was worse is the attitude common to today of 'it really doesn't matter.' The more garbage you take in, the more chance of it influencing you! Then the congregation in Corinth seems to take everything to the extreme.

    They were not unified in much of anything and filled full of splits, and the 'anything goes' policy so common to many religious groups of today. 'In the same...' 'be mindful of the same...' is a common commandment throughout all the letters; but not in this congregation. Paul's use of sarcasm is superior throughout both Corinthian letters, 'Christ sent me not to immerse, but to proclaim the good-news' actually both are commands of the Lord written at the ends of the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, witnessed in Acts 2:38 'to be saved.' Man's foolishness is used by God to promote His purpose. 4:10, apostles are foolish, but they (the Corinthians) are wise, and many more places.

    Then in chapter 2, Paul goes from foolishness of man to wisdom of man vs. God's wisdom, which progresses onward to the spiritual things. Chapter 3, Paul calls them babies and fleshly. Then he talks about the foundation (Jesus) that he and Apollos built that they should make sure they build properly on it. Because even if Paul's work fails at judgment day (the Corinthians); Paul is still saved as though he walked through the fire. In chapter 4 & 9, Paul calls them arrogant, they are judging him. They have everything, even reigning like kings; they do not need Paul. In chapter 5, a man is fornicating with his stepmother. Instead of disciplining him, so he would not spend eternity away from them; they just do not care. This 'leavening' could ruin the batch of them, and they just do not get it. Then they have lawsuits against each other. Paul finally lists all of their past sins (possibly current ones) and tells them no one who practices them will inherit heaven. The Corinthians thought you could be like the world and still be in the Lord's body at the same time. Chapter 7 deals with marriage and the unmarried. Then in Chapters 8, 10, they add idolatry to the list. Also in Chapters 10, 11 it was pointed out how they are abusing the Lord's Supper and the love feast versus how it should be respected. We know from Acts 20:7, this is one of the reasons the congregations come together every Sunday. Chapters 12, 13, 14 talks about the spiritual gifts Christians had during the first century used to evangelize the world (Mark 16:15-20). In 13:10, he tells them the completed word will stop all of this, so put love higher on the list, it never fails. Once again, the Corinthians took this to extremes as about everything else they did. In 15, Adam and Jesus are compared, and the last part talks about the time when Jesus will come back where 'in the blink of an eye' we will inherit our heavenly bodies. In 16, he concludes with his typical greetings and encouragements.}}

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1999, 2014 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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