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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
1:14 To the Greeks and the barbarians - He includes the Romans under the Greeks; so that this division comprises all nations. Both to the wise, and the unwise - For there were unwise even among the Greeks, and wise even among the barbarians. I am a debtor to all - I am bound by my divine mission to preach the gospel to them.
Ro 1:14 I am a debtor. He owed it, or was under obligation to preach the gospel both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians. The Greeks called other people but themselves barbarians, but in the apostolic age the Romans were excepted. The cultured Greeks and the proud Romans looked with contempt on all other races. Paul is a debtor to both, and must give them the gospel. Hence he is so anxious to labor at Rome. Both to the wise, and to the and unwise. Here the division into two classes turns on knowledge, instead of race. His meaning is that the gospel must be offered to every class.
Laticia's comment on 2013-07-29 08:34:49:
Roman 1:14-Paul states he himself is in debt to both the Greek & Barbarians; to the wise & unwise because he owe himself to God & to man.
He owes for the crimes that he committed as Saul and he owes Christ for the tansformation of his mind. Paul enbraced his duties to lead the unwise to the light of Christ; to the wise he provided teaching & support, so much so that he would endure the same abuse that he once inflicted.
Christiana's comment on 2010-11-11 10:04:28:
Paul was trying to explain to these people that he owed the Jews, Greeks, wise and unwise the gospel of Jesus christ.
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