15:1 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves;
15:1 We who are strong ought to put up with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

15:2 let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to edify him.
15:2 Each of us must please our neighbor for the good purpose of building up the neighbor.

15:3 For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached thee fell on me."
15:3 For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, "The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me."

15:4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.
15:4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.

15:5 May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,
15:5 May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus,

15:6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15:6 so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

15:7 Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
15:7 Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

15:8 For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God's truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs,
15:8 For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God in order that he might confirm the promises given to the patriarchs,

15:9 and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, "Therefore I will praise thee among the Gentiles, and sing to thy name";
15:9 and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, "Therefore I will confess you among the Gentiles, and sing praises to your name";

15:10 and again it is said, "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people";
15:10 and again he says, "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people";

15:11 and again, "Praise the Lord, all Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise him";
15:11 and again, "Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise him";

15:12 and further Isaiah says, "The root of Jesse shall come, he who rises to rule the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles hope."
15:12 and again Isaiah says, "The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises to rule the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles shall hope."

15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

15:14 I myself am satisfied about you, my brethren, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another.
15:14 I myself feel confident about you, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another.

15:15 But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God
15:15 Nevertheless on some points I have written to you rather boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God

15:16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
15:16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

15:17 In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God.
15:17 In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to boast of my work for God.

15:18 For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has wrought through me to win obedience from the Gentiles, by word and deed,
15:18 For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to win obedience from the Gentiles, by word and deed,

15:19 by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Holy Spirit, so that from Jerusalem and as far round as Illyr'icum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ,
15:19 by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and as far around as Illyricum I have fully proclaimed the good news of Christ.

15:20 thus making it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on another man's foundation,
15:20 Thus I make it my ambition to proclaim the good news, not where Christ has already been named, so that I do not build on someone else's foundation,

15:21 but as it is written, "They shall see who have never been told of him, and they shall understand who have never heard of him."
15:21 but as it is written, "Those who have never been told of him shall see, and those who have never heard of him shall understand."

15:22 This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you.
15:22 This is the reason that I have so often been hindered from coming to you.

15:23 But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years to come to you,
15:23 But now, with no further place for me in these regions, I desire, as I have for many years, to come to you

15:24 I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be sped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a little.
15:24 when I go to Spain. For I do hope to see you on my journey and to be sent on by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a little while.

15:25 At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem with aid for the saints.
15:25 At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem in a ministry to the saints;

15:26 For Macedo'nia and Acha'ia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem;
15:26 for Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to share their resources with the poor among the saints at Jerusalem.

15:27 they were pleased to do it, and indeed they are in debt to them, for if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings.
15:27 They were pleased to do this, and indeed they owe it to them; for if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material things.

15:28 When therefore I have completed this, and have delivered to them what has been raised, I shall go on by way of you to Spain;
15:28 So, when I have completed this, and have delivered to them what has been collected, I will set out by way of you to Spain;

15:29 and I know that when I come to you I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of Christ.
15:29 and I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.

15:30 I appeal to you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf,
15:30 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in earnest prayer to God on my behalf,

15:31 that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,
15:31 that I may be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my ministry to Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,

15:32 so that by God's will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company.
15:32 so that by God's will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company.

15:33 The God of peace be with you all. Amen.
15:33 The God of peace be with all of you. Amen.