“ not worship them or serve them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and the third and fourth generation of them that hate me …
Proverbs 8:36 But he who sins against me itself is damaged; all who hate me love death …
Paul the book of Romans,
1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,
2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures,
3 concerning his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who was descended from David according to the flesh,
4 was the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead,
5 through whom we received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name’s sake;
6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ;
7 to all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul’s desire to visit Rome
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is proclaimed in all the world.
9 For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers,
10 asking that somehow has at last by the will of God I may succeed in coming to you.
11 For I desire to see you, for some spiritual gift, so that they may be established;
12 that is, to be mutually comforted by the faith which is common to you and me.
13 But I would not, brethren, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), to also have some fruit among you, as among other Gentiles.
14 To Greeks and non-Greeks, wise and unwise I am a debtor.
15 So, as for me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome.
The power of the gospel:
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth;
19 because that which is known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it.
20 For the invisible things of him, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful, but became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves,
25 Who they changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to degrading passions; Even their women exchanged the natural use into that which is against nature,
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, men committing shameless acts with men and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28 And as they did not consider God, God gave them over to a reprobate mind to do those things which are not convenient;
29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malignity;
30 backbiters, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,
31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful;
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, not only do them but also approve of those who practice them.
Full prophecy the Romans.