Warumi 15 Neno: Bibilia Takatifu (SNT)
15 Sisi tulio imara katika imani, hatuna budi kuchukuliana na udhaifu wa wale ambao si imara. Tusitafute kujipendeza wenyewe. 2 Kila mmoja wetu anapaswa kumpendeza jirani yake ili kumjenga katika imani. 3 Kwa maana hata Kristo hakujipendeza mwenyewe bali alikuwa kama ilivyoandikwa: “Matusi yote waliyoku tukana wewe yalinipata mimi.” 4 Kwa maana mambo hayo yaliyoan dikwa zamani, yaliandikwa kutufundisha, ili tukiwa na subira na faraja tunayopata katika Maandiko tuwe na tumaini. 5 Na Mungu aliye chanzo cha subira na faraja awajalie ninyi moyo wa umoja miongoni mwenu mnapomfuata Kristo Yesu, 6 ili kwa pamoja na kwa sauti moja mpate kumtukuza Mungu, Baba wa Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo.
7 Mpokeane ninyi kwa ninyi kama Kristo alivyowapokea, ili Mungu apate kutukuzwa. 8 Maana nawaambia kwamba, Kristo alikuwa mtumishi kwa Waisraeli ili kuonyesha kuwa Mungu ni mwaminifu,na kuthibitisha ahadi alizowapa baba zetu. 9 Na pia ili watu wa mataifa mengine wamtukuze Mungu kwa huruma yake. Kama yasemavyo Maandiko: “Kwa sababu hii nitakutukuza kati ya watu wa mataifa, nitaimba nyimbo za kulisifu jina lako.” 10 Na tena yanasema, “Ninyi watu wa mataifa, furahini pamoja na watu wa Mungu.” 11 Na tena: “Msifuni Bwana enyi watu wote wa mataifa, watu wote wamsifu.” 12 Na tena Isaya anasema:“Shina la Yese lita chipuka, atatoka huko atakayetawala mataifa yote; na watu wa ma taifa watamtumaini.”
13 Mungu wa tumaini awajaze ninyi furaha na amani katika kumwamini, ili kwa nguvu ya Roho Mtakatifu, mpate kuwa na tumaini tele.
Huduma Ya Paulo Kwa Mataifa
14 Mimi nimeridhika ndugu zangu kuwa ninyi mmejaa wema, mnao ufahamu wote, tena mnaweza kujengana. 15 Lakini kuhusu mambo fulani nimewaandikia kwa ujasiri nikiwa na shabaha ya kuwa kumbusha kwa sababu Mungu amenipa neema maalumu. 16 Amenichagua kuwa mtumishi wa Kristo Yesu kwa watu wa mataifa wasiomjua Mungu, nitoe huduma ya kikuhani kwa kuitangaza Injili ya Mungu, ili watu wa mataifa wawe sadaka inayokubaliwa na Mungu na iliy otakaswa na Roho Mtakatifu.
17 Kwa hiyo nina sababu ya kujisifu ndani ya Kristo kwa huduma yangu kwa Mungu. 18 Hata sitasema juu ya jambo lo lote isipokuwa katika yale tu ambayo Kristo mwenyewe ameyafanikisha kwa kunitumia, katika maneno na matendo yangu, akawavuta watu wa mataifa wamtii akitumia 19 nguvu za ishara na miujiza, kwa uwezo wa Roho Mtakatifu. Kwa hiyo kuanzia Yerusalemu mpaka kando kando ya Iliriko nimekwisha kuhubiri Injili ya Kristo kwa ukamilifu. 20 Shabaha yangu imekuwa nisihubiri mahali ambapo jina la Kristo limekwisha kutajwa, nisije nikajenga juu ya msingi wa mtu mwin gine. 21 Lakini kama ilivyoandikwa, “Wale ambao hawajaambiwa habari zake, wataona na wale ambao hawajasikia wataelewa.”
Paulo Apanga Kwenda Roma
22 Hii ndio sababu nimezuiliwa mara nyingi nisiweze kuja kwenu.
23 Lakini maadamu sasa nimemaliza kazi yangu pande hizi, na kwa kuwa kwa miaka mingi nimetamani sana kuja kwenu, 24 natu maini kuwaona nikiwa safarini kwenda Spania, nifurahi kwa muda pamoja nanyi, kisha mnipatie msaada kwa safari hiyo. 25 Ila sasa nakwenda kupeleka msaada kwa watu wa Mungu walioko Yerusalemu. 26 Maana makanisa ya Makedonia na Akaya yameamua kutoa mchango wao kuwasaidia watu wa Mungu wasiojiweza walioko huko Yerusalemu. 27 Wamependa kufanya hivyo lakini kwa kweli ni wajibu wao, maana kama watu wa mataifa mengine wameshiriki katika baraka za kiroho za Waisraeli, wanawajibika kuwahudumia Waisraeli katika mahitaji yao ya kimwili. 28 Kwa hiyo baada ya kukamilisha kazi hii na kuhakikisha kuwa wamepokea kila kitu kilichokusanywa, nitakwenda Spania kupitia kwenu. 29 Ninafahamu kwamba nitakapokuja kwenu, nitawaletea wingi wa baraka za Kristo.
30 Basi, ndugu zangu, nawasihi kwa ajili ya Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo na kwa ajili ya upendo uletwao na Roho, muwe pamoja nami mkiniombea kwa Mungu. 31 Ombeni niepushwe na wale wasioamini walioko Uyahudi, na kwamba huduma yangu huko Yerusalemu ipate kukubaliwa na watu wa Mungu; 32 ili kwa mapenzi ya Mungu niweze kuja kwenu kwa furaha, niburudishwe pamoja nanyi. 33 Mungu wa amani na awe pamoja nanyi nyote. Amina.
Romans 15 New International Version (NIV)
15 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. 2 Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. 3 For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”[a] 4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, 6 so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. 8 For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews[b] on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed 9 and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written:
“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles;
10 Again, it says,
“Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people.”[d]
11 And again,
“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles;
12 And again, Isaiah says,
“The Root of Jesse will spring up,
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Paul the Minister to the Gentiles
14 I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another. 15 Yet I have written you quite boldly on some points to remind you of them again, because of the grace God gave me 16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles. He gave me the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
17 Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God. 18 I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done— 19 by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ. 20 It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation. 21 Rather, as it is written:
“Those who were not told about him will see,
22 This is why I have often been hindered from coming to you.
Paul’s Plan to Visit Rome
23 But now that there is no more place for me to work in these regions, and since I have been longing for many years to visit you, 24 I plan to do so when I go to Spain. I hope to see you while passing through and to have you assist me on my journey there, after I have enjoyed your company for a while. 25 Now, however, I am on my way to Jerusalem in the service of the Lord’s people there. 26 For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the Lord’s people in Jerusalem. 27 They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings. 28 So after I have completed this task and have made sure that they have received this contribution, I will go to Spain and visit you on the way. 29 I know that when I come to you, I will come in the full measure of the blessing of Christ.
30 I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. 31 Pray that I may be kept safe from the unbelievers in Judea and that the contribution I take to Jerusalem may be favorably received by the Lord’s people there, 32 so that I may come to you with joy, by God’s will, and in your company be refreshed. 33 The God of peace be with you all. Amen.