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The weaker brother (continued)
- Now, we (the strong) ought to bear with the weaknesses of the weak and not to please ourselves.
- Let each of us please his neighbor for his good for building him up.
- For even the Anointed didn’t please Himself, but just as it was – and is – written: “The slander of the men who slandered you fell on Me.” (1)quotation/allusion Psalm 69:9
- For whatever was previously written, it was [all] written for our instruction, so through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope.
- And may the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind in one another according to Jesus the Anointed,
- so that single-mindedly and with one mouth, you might glorify the God and Father of our Anointed Lord Jesus.
- Therefore, accept one another just as the Anointed also accepted you, to the glory of God.
The work of the Anointed
- For I say that the Anointed has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth in God, in order to confirm the promise to the fathers.
- and to the gentiles for the sake of mercy, to glorify God. Just as it was – and is – written: “Because of this, I will confess praise to you among the gentiles, and I will sing of your name.”(2)quotation/allusion to 2 Samuel 22:50 and Psalm 18:49
- And again it says: “Gentiles, be merry with His people.”(3)quotation/allusion to Deuteronomy 32:43
- And again: “Praise the Lord All you gentiles; and exalt Him all peoples.”(4)quotation/allusion to Psalm 117:1
- And again, Isaiah says: “There will be the root of Jesse; and the One who arises to rule over the gentiles, and in Him gentiles will hope.”(5)quotation/allusion to Isaiah 11:10
- And may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace among you to believe, for you to overflow in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
- And my brothers, I myself was – and am – convinced concerning you, that you yourselves are full of goodness; having been – and being – filled with all knowledge and being able to admonish one another.
- And I wrote to you more boldly, in part reminding you because of the grace which was given to me by God,
- for me to be a minister of Jesus the Anointed to the gentiles, ministering as a priest of the gospel of God, so the offering of the gentiles might become acceptable; having been – and being – made holy by the Holy Spirit.
- Therefore in Jesus the Anointed, I have a reason for boasting of things pertaining to God.
- For I won’t dare to speak of anything that the Anointed didn’t accomplished through me for the obedience of the gentiles in word and deed,
- by the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit [of God], in order to fulfill the proclamation of the Anointed’s gospel from Jerusalem and around as far as Illyricum.
- And so I’m earnestly desiring to proclaim the gospel where the Anointed hasn’t been named, so I won’t build on another man’s foundation.
- But just as it was – and is – written: “They will see Him about whom it wasn’t reported, and men who didn’t – and don’t – hear will understand.”(6)quotation/allusion to Isaiah 52:15
- And because of which, I’ve often been hindered from coming to you.
Paul’s travel plans
- But now – no longer having a place in these regions and having a yearning to come to you for many years –
- I hope to see you while passing through when I travel into Spain; and to be equipped by you there, so I might be satisfied by your company first.
- But now I travel to Jerusalem, ministering to the saints.
- For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution to the poor saints in Jerusalem.
- For, they were pleased and they are debtors of them. For if they shared their spiritual things with the gentiles, they ought to minister to them in earthly things also.
- Therefore, after accomplishing this and sealing this fruit to them, I will depart through you into Spain.
- And I did – and do – know that in coming to you, I will come in the fullness of the Anointed’s blessing.
- And brothers, I urge you now because of our Anointed Lord Jesus and because of the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in prayers to God for me,
- so I might be delivered from the men in Judea who refuse to believe, and so my service in Jerusalem might be acceptable to the saints,
- so that coming to you with joy through the will of God, I might be refreshed in spirit with you.
- And the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
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