Romans 15:20

“Yea, so haue I striued to preach the Gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build vpon another mans foundation:”

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Other Translations

Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation:
- King James Version

And thus I aspired to preach the gospel, not where Christ was {already} named, so that I would not build on another man's foundation;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

yea, making it my aim so to preach the gospel, not where Christ was `already' named, that I might not build upon another man's foundation;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Making it my purpose not to take the good news where Christ was named, so that my work might not be resting on that of others;
- Basic English Bible

and so aiming to announce the glad tidings, not where Christ has been named, that I might not build upon another's foundation;
- Darby Bible

And so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation:
- Webster's Bible

making it my ambition, however, not to tell the Good News where Christ's name was already known, for fear I should be building on another man's foundation.
- Weymouth Bible

yes, making it my aim to preach the Good News, not where Christ was already named, that I might not build on another's foundation.
- World English Bible

And so Y haue prechid this gospel, not where Crist was named, lest Y bilde vpon anotheres ground, but as it is writun,
- Wycliffe Bible

and so counting it honour to proclaim good news, not where Christ was named -- that upon another's foundation I might not build --
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 15:20

15:20 Not where Christ had been named - These places he generally declined, though not altogether, having an holy ambition (so the Greek word means) to make the first proclamation of the gospel in places where it was quite unheard of, in spite of all the difficulty and dangers that attended it. Lest I should only build upon another man's foundation - The providence of God seemed in a special manner, generally, to prevent this, though not entirely, lest the enemies of the apostle, who sought every occasion to set light by him, should have had room to say that he was behind other apostles, not being sufficient for planting of churches himself, but only for preaching where others had been already; or that he declined the more difficult part of the ministry

People's Bible Notes for Romans 15:20

Ro 15:20 Yea, so have I strived to preach. He declares the fixed policy of his ministry not to preach where Christ had been heard, but in new fields. Where other apostles or evangelists had laid a foundation, he did not seek to build. Compare 2Co 10:12-16. As no apostle or great evangelist had yet visited Rome, his letter to the Romans was no violation of his principle.

Discussion for Romans 15

  • Patty Tozi
    Sometimes Life is so special people don't see how fast it can go. They listen to others before God. They don't see what they decide, can lead to harm. For the enemy is near telling them other wise. Seek first the Kingdom of your Heavenly Father, and listen quietly as He shows you His Wisdom and Knowledge for the Best He has to offer for your Life, while on this Earth.
  • Patty Tozi
    In times of trouble l turn to my Heavenly Father. I never give up helping others as l go thru my problem. Am very tired today. Asking for Strength from my Father. Knowing in the past how much He helped me, l stay strong thru Him. Can't others see how much they need you. In any crisis how you are near. Don't let the enemy close---only God!!!
  • Lilian
    Brethen love ye one another as Jesus loves us theres no greater in this world other than the Love of Jesus and his blood shed for us amen
  • Ivy Johnson
    Paul wanted the Christians in Rome to know that he planned to visit there! Both Jews and Gentiles were recipent’s of his letter. He emphasizes that man's justification before God depends on the mercy of Christ and not on the law of Moses. Paul gives his reason for the Epistle and review some of their characteristics. Various personal greetings are extended in
    conclusion of this writing!
    Romans 15 Was Quite the Truth Our Father in Heaven and On EARTH, that GOD Our Father will always Love US. Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Kurt Chappell
    Powerful words edifying us to live for others, less for ourselves. Jesus died tortured for our sin lives, never for himself did he live. We live for others, and for good works without the praises of this world. With joy, when we’re strong, we help the weak. Just like Jesus helps us with the Holy Spirit when we are down. We must help those, especially of the faith. So much Heavenly Joy, on earth!

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