Romans 15:17
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New International Version
Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God.

New Living Translation
So I have reason to be enthusiastic about all Christ Jesus has done through me in my service to God.

English Standard Version
In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God.

Berean Study Bible
Therefore I exult in Christ Jesus in my service to God.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore I have the boasting in Christ Jesus in the things pertaining to God.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore in Christ Jesus I have found reason for boasting in things pertaining to God.

King James Bible
I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore I have reason to boast in Christ Jesus regarding what pertains to God.

International Standard Version
Therefore, in the Messiah Jesus I have the right to boast about my work for God.

NET Bible
So I boast in Christ Jesus about the things that pertain to God.

New Heart English Bible
I have therefore my boasting in Christ Jesus in things pertaining to God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I have pride therefore in Yeshua The Messiah in the presence of God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So Christ Jesus gives me the right to brag about what I'm doing for God.

New American Standard 1977
Therefore in Christ Jesus I have found reason for boasting in things pertaining to God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore I have something to boast of in Christ Jesus, with regard to God.

King James 2000 Bible
I have therefore that of which I may boast through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God.

American King James Version
I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God.

American Standard Version
I have therefore my glorifying in Christ Jesus in things pertaining to God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have therefore glory in Christ Jesus towards God.

Darby Bible Translation
I have therefore [whereof to] boast in Christ Jesus in the things which pertain to God.

English Revised Version
I have therefore my glorying in Christ Jesus in things pertaining to God.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have therefore cause for glorying through Jesus Christ, in those things which pertain to God.

Weymouth New Testament
I can therefore glory in Christ Jesus concerning the work for God in which I am engaged.

World English Bible
I have therefore my boasting in Christ Jesus in things pertaining to God.

Young's Literal Translation
I have, then, a boasting in Christ Jesus, in the things pertaining to God,
Study Bible
Paul the Minister to the Gentiles
16to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an acceptable offering to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. 17Therefore I exult in Christ Jesus in my service to God. 18I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obedience by word and deed,…
Cross References
Philippians 3:3
For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh--

Hebrews 2:17
So He had to be made like His brothers in every way, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, in order to make atonement for the sins of the people.

Hebrews 5:1
Every high priest is appointed from among men to represent them in matters relating to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.
Treasury of Scripture

I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God.

whereof.

Romans 4:2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he has whereof to glory; …

2 Corinthians 2:14-16 Now thanks be to God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ, …

2 Corinthians 3:4-6 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward…

2 Corinthians 7:4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of …

2 Corinthians 11:16-30 I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool …

2 Corinthians 12:1,11 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions …

in.

Hebrews 5:1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in …

(17) This is really the title on which I rest my claim. I can boast of a specially sacred office and ministry, given to me by Christ, and not merely of my own devising. The sphere of this office is a religious sphere, it relates to "the things pertaining to God."

Verse 17. - I have therefore whereof I may glory through (rather, I have my boasting in) Christ Jesus in the things that pertain unto God (τὰ πρὸς Θεόν - the same phrase as is used in Hebrews 5:1 with reference to priestly service). St. Paul's purpose in this and the four following verses is to allege proof of his being a true apostle with a right to speak with authority to the Gentiles. It is evident, he says, from the extent and success of my apostolic labours, and the power of God that has accompanied them. So also, still more earnestly and at length, in 2 Corinthians 11. and 12. As to his reason for frequently thus insisting on his true apostleship, and for asserting it in writing to the Romans, see note on Romans 1:1. I have therefore whereof I may glory,.... Not in himself, for he that taught others not to glory in men, would not glory in himself; not in his carnal descent and fleshly privileges; nor in his knowledge of, and compliance with, the ceremonies of the law; nor in his legal, moral, and civil righteousness before God; nor in his gifts and attainments, as merited and procured by himself; nor in his labours in the ministry, and the success of it, as of himself: but

through Jesus Christ; or "in Jesus Christ", as read the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Arabic versions; in what Christ was unto him, wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption: he could boast of what he had from him, and through him, even of all spiritual blessings in him; and of a large measure of grace he had received from him; and of great and eminent gifts Christ had bestowed on him; he gloried in his cross, and boasted of a crucified Jesus, whom others despised; and whom he made the subject of his ministry, and took delight in preaching: and freely owned that all he did was through Christ strengthening him; and that all his success in his work was owing to him, and of this he had to glory: and which was

in those things which pertain to God; not "with God", as the Syriac reads it; for though in some cases it may be lawful to glory before men, yet not before God, or in his presence: nor is it anything a man may glory in, not in his own things, but in the things of God; in things relating to the Gospel of God, to the pure preaching of it, to the furtherance and spread of it, and the recommending of it to others; to the worship and ordinances of God, and a spiritual attendance on them; to the grace of God, and the magnifying of that in the business of salvation; and to the glory of God, which ought to be the chief end of all actions, natural, moral, and religious, and whether private or public. The apostle has chiefly reference to his ministerial function, and the things of God relating to that, in which he was employed; see Hebrews 5:1. 17. I have therefore whereof I may glory—or (adding the article, as the reading seems to be), "I have my glorying."

through—"in"

Christ Jesus in those things which pertain to God—the things of the ministry committed to me of God.15:14-21 The apostle was persuaded that the Roman Christians were filled with a kind and affectionate spirit, as well as with knowledge. He had written to remind them of their duties and their dangers, because God had appointed him the minister of Christ to the Gentiles. Paul preached to them; but what made them sacrifices to God, was, their sanctification; not his work, but the work of the Holy Ghost: unholy things can never be pleasing to the holy God. The conversion of souls pertains unto God; therefore it is the matter of Paul's glorying, not the things of the flesh. But though a great preacher, he could not make one soul obedient, further than the Spirit of God accompanied his labours. He principally sought the good of those that sat in darkness. Whatever good we do, it is Christ who does it by us.
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