To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.
But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? [Is] God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man)
What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?
Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
it is considered
Therefore [it is] of faith, that [it might be] by grace; to the end the promise might be sure 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,
Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
you put to death
And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what [is] the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to [the will of] God.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.
it works together
What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us?
Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? [It is] God that justifieth.
he will bring a charge
of those selected out
For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:
displayed for public ridicule
Whose [are] the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ [came,] who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
For this [is] the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son.
(For [the children] being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)
For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,
Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
For if God spared not the natural branches, [take heed] lest he also spare not thee.
For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural [branches,] be graffed into their own olive tree?
of natural olive
As concerning the gospel, [they are] enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, [they are] beloved for the fathers' sakes.
So we, [being] many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, [let us prophesy] according to the proportion of faith;
But if thy brother be grieved with [thy] meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.
Hast thou faith? have [it] to thyself before God. Happy [is] he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
he positively assesses
Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
Likewise [greet] the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.
Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
to [he who is] able
But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:
of being made conspicuous
of being made known
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, [are called: ]
And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
For ye are yet carnal: for whereas [there is] among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
master of the craftsmen
he builds upon
he builds upon
And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and [to] Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think [of men] above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.
it has been written
But I speak this by permission, [and] not of commandment.
But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.
Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?
Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?
Every man praying or prophesying, having [his] head covered, dishonoureth his head.
For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
If any man speak in an [unknown] tongue, [let it be] by two, or at the most [by] three, and [that] by course; and let one interpret.
he thoroughly interprets
For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.
they might learn
they may be near-called
Let all things be done decently and in order.
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.
Upon the first [day] of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as [God] hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
they might be(come)
The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:
When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay?
We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
having been written
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding [and] eternal weight of glory;
Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we [him] no more.
Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, [what] clearing of yourselves, yea, [what] indignation, yea, [what] fear, yea, [what] vehement desire, yea, [what] zeal, yea, [what] revenge! In all [things] ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
dispensing of justice
How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
For to [their] power, I bear record, yea, and beyond [their] power [they were] willing of themselves;
I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.
Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence [am] base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:
But I beseech [you,] that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he [is] Christ's, even so [are] we Christ's.
But we will not boast of things without [our] measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.
Not boasting of things without [our] measure, [that is,] of other men's labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,
to those of others
to be enlarged
Therefore [it is] no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
That which I speak, I speak [it] not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.
Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also.
I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak. Howbeit whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also.
Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.
Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
of having been now
But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.
But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.
having been condemned
O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
to be synchronous
he was fore-written
having been put on public display
Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though [it be] but a man's covenant, yet [if it be] confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.
[Is] the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
And if ye [be] Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
But he [who was] of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman [was] by promise.
he has been born
Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him [that was born] after the Spirit, even so [it is] now.
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.