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.}




     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 has been 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 youĎ are also called {Or: invited; and in all other instances in the MLV} of Jesus Christ. 1:7 To all those who are in Rome, beloved of God, called holy-ones: grace to youĎ 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 youĎ, that yourĎ 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 youĎ. 1:10 I beseech God always in my prayers, if somehow now, I will be prospered in the will of God to come to youĎ someday, 1:11 for* I am longing to see youĎ, in order that I may give to youĎ some spiritual gift*, *that* youĎ may be established; 1:12 and this is my prayer to be encouraged together among youĎ, through the faith in one another, both yoursĎ and mine. 1:13 Now brethren, I do not wish youĎ to be ignorant that I often purposed to come to youĎ(and I was prevented till presently), in order that I might also have some fruit among youĎ, 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 youĎ 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, nor gave-thanks, but became-futile in their reasonings and their heart was darkened without understanding. 1:22 They were foolish, claiming to be wise, 1:23 and 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, *that* their bodies should be dishonored among themselves. 1:25 They exchanged the truth of God into a 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* even 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 those 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 practicing 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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