Romans 1:9
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New International Version
God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you

New Living Translation
God knows how often I pray for you. Day and night I bring you and your needs in prayer to God, whom I serve with all my heart by spreading the Good News about his Son.

English Standard Version
For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you

New American Standard Bible
For God, whom I serve in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how unceasingly I make mention of you,

King James Bible
For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For God, whom I serve with my spirit in telling the good news about His Son, is my witness that I constantly mention you,

International Standard Version
For God, whom I serve with my spirit by preaching the gospel about his Son, is my witness how constantly I mention you

NET Bible
For God, whom I serve in my spirit by preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness that I continually remember you

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For God is calling me to testify, whom I serve by The Spirit in The Gospel of his Son, that without ceasing, I am always reminded of you in my prayers,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I serve God by spreading the Good News about his Son. God is my witness that I always mention you

Jubilee Bible 2000
For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I always remember you in my prayers,

King James 2000 Bible
For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;

American King James Version
For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;

American Standard Version
For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the gospel of his Son, how unceasingly I make mention of you, always in my prayers

Douay-Rheims Bible
For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make a commemoration of you;

Darby Bible Translation
For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the glad tidings of his Son, how unceasingly I make mention of you,

English Revised Version
For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the gospel of his Son, how unceasingly I make mention of you, always in my prayers

Webster's Bible Translation
For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers,

Weymouth New Testament
I call God to witness--to whom I render priestly and spiritual service by telling the Good News about His Son-- how unceasingly I make mention of you in His presence,

World English Bible
For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the Good News of his Son, how unceasingly I make mention of you always in my prayers,

Young's Literal Translation
for God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the good news of His Son, how unceasingly I make mention of you,
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

Verse 9. - For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you in my prayers. A like solemn asseveration is made with a like intention (Philippians 1:8; cf. also 2 Corinthians 11:31). It expresses the writer's earnestness, and is in place for attestation of a fact known only to himself and God. The word λατρεύω, ("I serve"), when used in a religious sense, most usually denotes "worship," and specifically the priestly services of the temple (Hebrews 8:5; Hebrews 9:9; Hebrews 10:2; Hebrews 13:10). St. Paul's λατρεία intended here is not ceremonial function, but a spiritual one (ἐν τῷ πνεύματί μου) - an inward devotion of himself to God's service in proclaiming and furthering "the gospel of his Son." A similar view of the essential λατρεία of Christians is found in Romans 12:1; Romans 15:16; Philippians 3:3; 2 Timothy 1:3; Hebrews 9:14.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For God is my witness, whom I serve,.... These words are an appeal to God, and carry in them the nature and form of an oath; the reason of the apostle's using it was, because he was personally unknown to the Romans, and they to him, and so might doubt of his affectionate regard unto them; and therefore for the confirmation thereof he uses it: this was a case which was only known to God and himself, and hence he appeals to him for the truth of it. The object of his oath or appeal, or by which he speaks, is not himself, or anything that belonged to him, nor any creature in heaven or on earth, but God; who in a solemn oath is only to be appealed to and sworn by: he describes him as the God "whom he served", to distinguish him from all false gods, and to show that he that takes an oath, should be one that fears and serves the Lord; what he served him in was not the law, but

the Gospel of his Son; Jesus Christ, who is the author, minister, and subject matter of it: he served him in it, by preaching, spreading, and defending it. This is a service, and a very laborious one, and makes for the honour and glory of God. The manner in which he served him was, as he says,

with my Spirit; either with the Spirit of God, which was given to him; or in a spiritual manner, in opposition to the carnal worship of the Jews; internally, in opposition to bodily exercise only, and voluntarily, with his whole heart, soul, and spirit. The matter or substance of his appeal or oath was,

that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; whence may be observed, that prayer to God ought to be constant; and that we should be concerned for others as well as for ourselves; all the saints should share therein.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. For God … whom I serve—the word denotes religious service.

with my spirit—from my inmost soul.

in the gospel of his Son—to which Paul's whole religious life and official activity were consecrated.

is my witness, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers—so for the Ephesians (Eph 1:15, 16); so for the Philippians (Php 1:3, 4); so for the Colossians (Col 1:3, 4); so for the Thessalonians (1Th 1:2, 3). What catholic love, what all-absorbing spirituality, what impassioned devotion to the glory of Christ among men!

Romans 1:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul's Desire to Visit Rome
8First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world. 9For God, whom I serve in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how unceasingly I make mention of you, 10always in my prayers making request, if perhaps now at last by the will of God I may succeed in coming to you.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 12:23
As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right.

Job 16:19
Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high.

Acts 24:14
However, I admit that I worship the God of our ancestors as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets,

Acts 27:23
Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me

Romans 9:1
I speak the truth in Christ--I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit--

2 Corinthians 1:23
I call God as my witness--and I stake my life on it--that it was in order to spare you that I did not return to Corinth.

2 Corinthians 11:10
As surely as the truth of Christ is in me, nobody in the regions of Achaia will stop this boasting of mine.

2 Corinthians 11:11
Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!

Ephesians 1:16
I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.

Philippians 1:3
I thank my God every time I remember you.

Philippians 1:4
In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy

Philippians 1:8
God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 1:2
We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers.

1 Thessalonians 2:5
You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed--God is our witness.

2 Timothy 1:3
I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.
Treasury of Scripture

For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;

God.

Romans 9:1 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing …

Job 16:19 Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.

2 Corinthians 1:23 Moreover I call God for a record on my soul, that to spare you I …

2 Corinthians 11:10,11,31 As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting …

Galatians 1:20 Now the things which I write to you, behold, before God, I lie not.

Philippians 1:8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels …

1 Thessalonians 2:5-10 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as you know, nor …

1 Timothy 2:7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the …

whom.

Acts 27:23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,

Philippians 2:22 But you know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he …

Colossians 1:28,29 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all …

2 Timothy 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience…

with. or, in.

John 4:23,24 But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship …

Acts 19:21 After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when …

1 Corinthians 14:14,15 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding …

Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and …

the.

Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;

Acts 3:26 To you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless …

1 John 5:9-12 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: …

that.

1 Samuel 12:23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD …

Luke 18:1 And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always …

Acts 12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing …

Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…

1 Thessalonians 3:10 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and …

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

2 Timothy 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience…

I make.

Ephesians 1:16-19 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers…

Ephesians 3:14 For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Philippians 1:4,9-11 Always in every prayer of my for you all making request with joy…

Colossians 1:9-13 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease …

1 Thessalonians 1:2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;

Philemon 1:4 I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers,

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