Romans 1:14
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New International Version
I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish.

New Living Translation
For I have a great sense of obligation to people in both the civilized world and the rest of the world, to the educated and uneducated alike.

English Standard Version
I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish.

New American Standard Bible
I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish.

King James Bible
I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I am obligated both to Greeks and barbarians, both to the wise and the foolish.

International Standard Version
Both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to foolish people, I am a debtor.

NET Bible
I am a debtor both to the Greeks and to the barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Greeks and Barbarians, wise and ignorant, for I owe a debt to preach to every person.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have an obligation to those who are civilized and those who aren't, to those who are wise and those who aren't.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I am debtor both to the Greeks and to the Barbarians; both to the wise and to the unwise.

King James 2000 Bible
I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.

American King James Version
I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.

American Standard Version
I am debtor both to Greeks and to Barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish.

Douay-Rheims Bible
To the Greeks and to the barbarians, to the wise and to the unwise, I am a debtor;

Darby Bible Translation
I am a debtor both to Greeks and barbarians, both to wise and unintelligent:

English Revised Version
I am debtor both to Greeks and to Barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish.

Webster's Bible Translation
I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the barbarians, both to the wise, and to the unwise.

Weymouth New Testament
I am already under obligations alike to Greek-speaking races and to others, to cultured and to uncultured people:

World English Bible
I am debtor both to Greeks and to foreigners, both to the wise and to the foolish.

Young's Literal Translation
Both to Greeks and to foreigners, both to wise and to thoughtless, I am a debtor,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:8-15 We must show love for our friends, not only by praying for them, but by praising God for them. As in our purposes, so in our desires, we must remember to say, If the Lord will, Jas 4:15. Our journeys are made prosperous or otherwise, according to the will of God. We should readily impart to others what God has trusted to us, rejoicing to make others joyful, especially taking pleasure in communing with those who believe the same things with us. If redeemed by the blood, and converted by the grace of the Lord Jesus, we are altogether his; and for his sake we are debtors to all men, to do all the good we can. Such services are our duty.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 14, 15. - Both to Greeks and Barbarians, both to wise and unwise, I am debtor. So, as much as is in me, to you also that are at Rome, I am ready to preach the gospel. The two divisions of mankind into

(1) Ἔλληνες καὶ Βάρβαροι,

(2) σοφοὶ καὶ ἀνοήτοι, are intended to include all, independently of nationality and culture, regarded from a Greek or Roman point of view. The Greeks, as is well known, called all others than themselves Βάρβαροι, so that Ἕλληνεσ καὶ Βάρβαροι included the whole world. Here the Romans are intended to be included among Ἕλληνες, being partakers in Hellenic culture, and in fact at that time its prominent representatives (el. "Non solum Graecia et Italia, sod etiam omnis barbaria," Cicero, 'De Fin.,' 2:15). Of course, σοφοὶ also includes them. The obvious intention of the writer is to place them in each of the higher categories, and so, while after his manner he pays his expected readers a delicate compliment, to insist that his mission is to the highest in position and culture as well as the lowest, cud that, bold in his convictions, he is not ashamed to preach the cross even to them. "Audax facinus ad crucem vocare terrarum Dominos" (Alex. More. quoted by Olshausen).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I am a debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians,.... The meaning is, that he was obliged by the call he had from God, the injunction that was laid upon him by him, and the gifts with which he was qualified, to preach the Gospel to all sorts of men; who are here distinguished into Greeks and Barbarians: sometimes by Greeks are meant the Gentiles in general, in opposition to the Jews; see Romans 1:16; but here they design only a part of the Gentiles, the inhabitants of Greece, in opposition to all the world besides; for the Greeks used to call all others that were not of themselves Barbarians (e): or else by Greeks are meant the more cultivated nations of the world, and by Barbarians the ruder and more uncivil parts of it; to which agrees the next division of mankind,

both to the wise and to the unwise. The Gospel was to be preached "to the wise"; such who thought themselves to be so, and were so with respect to human wisdom and knowledge; though it should be despised by them, as it was, and though few of them were called by it, some were, and still are, though not many; and such wisdom there is in the Gospel, as the wisest of men may learn by it, will be entertaining to them, is far beyond their contempt, and what will serve to exercise their talents and abilities, to search into the knowledge of, and rightly to understand; and it must be preached "to the unwise"; for such God has chosen to confound the wise; these he calls by his grace, and reveals his Gospel to, whilst he hides it from the wise and prudent; and there is that in the Gospel which is plain and easy to the weakest mind, enlightened by the Spirit of God.

(e) Cornel. Nepos, l. 1. c. 2, 7. & 2, 3. & 3. 6. & 4. 1. & passim. Quint. Curtius, l. 3. c. 4, 7. & 6. 5. & passim.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14, 15. I am debtor both to the Greeks—cultivated

and to the Barbarians—rude.

Romans 1:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul's Desire to Visit Rome
13I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that often I have planned to come to you (and have been prevented so far) so that I may obtain some fruit among you also, even as among the rest of the Gentiles. 14I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 15So, for my part, I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.
Cross References
Acts 28:2
The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold.

1 Corinthians 9:16
For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!
Treasury of Scripture

I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.

debtor.

Romans 8:12 Therefore, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loves …

Acts 9:15 But the Lord said to him, Go your way: for he is a chosen vessel …

Acts 13:2-4 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said…

Acts 22:21 And he said to me, Depart: for I will send you far hence to the Gentiles.

Acts 26:17,18 Delivering you from the people, and from the Gentiles, to whom now I send you…

1 Corinthians 9:16-23 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity …

2 Timothy 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may …

Greeks.

Acts 28:4 And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, …

1 Corinthians 14:11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be to him …

Colossians 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, …

both to.

Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Romans 11:25 For I would not, brothers, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, …

Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but …

Romans 16:19 For your obedience is come abroad to all men. I am glad therefore …

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord …

Luke 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank you, O Father, …

1 Corinthians 1:19-22 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will …

1 Corinthians 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teaches, …

1 Corinthians 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise …

1 Corinthians 9:16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity …

2 Corinthians 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves …

2 Corinthians 11:19 For you suffer fools gladly, seeing you yourselves are wise.

Ephesians 5:15-17 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise…

James 3:17,18 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, …

to the unwise.

Proverbs 1:22 How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? and the scorners …

Proverbs 8:5 O you simple, understand wisdom: and, you fools, be you of an understanding …

Isaiah 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called …

1 Corinthians 14:16,23,24 Else when you shall bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupies …

Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, …

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