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God is my witness, . . . that without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God’s will I may now at last succeed in coming to you. . . . that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.
—Revised Standard Version
Paul’s longing to visit his fellow Christians in Rome is palpable in these verses. He hadn’t founded this church or traveled there. In fact, it would be another three years before he reached Rome. Yet his prayers for this community—and his hope for the unity of their Jewish and Gentile members—were constant.
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Resources quoted in this issue
RR: Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Cit. 9: Buttrick, George Arthur, Harmon, Nolan B., et al., eds. The Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes. Vol. 7, New Testament Articles, Matthew, Mark. Nashville: Abingdon, 1951–57; Meyers, Carol, Craven, Toni, and Kraemer, Ross Shepard, et al., eds. Women in Scripture: A Dictionary of Named and Unnamed Women in the Hebrew Bible, the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books, and the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2001.
Cit. 17: Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary Collection. Vol. 19, Luke. Macon, Georgia: Smyth & Helwys, 2000-2016; Barclay, William. The Daily Study Bible: The Gospel of Luke. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew, 1955. Revised and updated by Saint Andrew, 2001. Reprinted as The New Daily Study Bible: The Gospel of Luke. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2001–04.
Cit. 19: Gasque, W. Ward, et al., eds. The New International Biblical Commentary: New Testament Series. Vol. 2, Mark. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1989.
Cit. 20: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes. Vol. 9, Luke, John. Nashville: Abingdon, 1996–2001.
Cit. 21: Barclay, William. The Daily Study Bible: The Letter to the Hebrews. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew, 1955. Revised and updated by Saint Andrew, 2001. Reprinted as The New Daily Study Bible: The Letter to the Hebrews. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2001–04; Eiselen, Frederick Carl., Edwin Lewis, and David G. Downey, eds. The Abingdon Bible Commentary: New Testament. New York: Abingdon Press, 1929.
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