15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of
the weak, and not to please ourselves.
15:2 Let every one of us please [his] neighbor for [his] good
15:3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written,
The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
15:4 For whatever things were written formerly, were written for
our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the
scriptures might have hope.
15:5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be
like-minded one towards another according to Christ Jesus:
15:6 That ye may with one mind [and] one mouth glorify God, even
the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15:7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received
us to the glory of God.
15:8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the
circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises
[made] to the fathers:
15:9 And that the Gentiles might glorify God for [his] mercy; as
it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the
Gentiles, and sing to thy name.
15:10 And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people.
15:11 And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him,
all ye people.
15:12 And again Isaiah saith, There shall be a root of Jesse,
and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall
the Gentiles trust.
15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in
believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the
15:14 And I myself also am persuaded concerning you, my
brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all
knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
15:15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly to
you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace
that is given to me from God.
15:16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the
Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up
of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the
15:17 I have therefore cause for glorying through Jesus Christ,
in those things which pertain to God.
15:18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which
Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient,
by word and deed,
15:19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the
Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and around to Illyricum,
I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
15:20 And so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where
Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's
15:21 But as it is written, They shall see to whom he was not
spoken of: and they that have not heard shall understand.
15:22 For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming
15:23 But now having no more place in these parts, and having a
great desire these many years to come to you;
15:24 Whenever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you:
for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my
way thitherward by you, if first I shall be somewhat filled
with your [company].
15:25 But now I go to Jerusalem to minister to the saints.
15:26 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a
certain contribution for the poor of the saints who are at
15:27 It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are.
For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual
things, their duty is also to minister to them in carnal
15:28 When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to
them this fruit, I will go by you into Spain.
15:29 And I am sure that when I come to you, I shall come in the
fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.
15:30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's
sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together
with me in [your] prayers to God for me;
15:31 That I may be delivered from them in Judea who do not
believe; and that my service which [I have] for Jerusalem, may
be acceptable to the saints;
15:32 That I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and
may with you be refreshed.
15:33 Now the God of peace [be] with you all. Amen.