Romans 15:26
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New International Version
For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the Lord's people in Jerusalem.

New Living Translation
For you see, the believers in Macedonia and Achaia have eagerly taken up an offering for the poor among the believers in Jerusalem.

English Standard Version
For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem.

Berean Study Bible
For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.

Berean Literal Bible
For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.

New American Standard Bible
For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.

King James Bible
For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.

International Standard Version
because the believers in Macedonia and Achaia have been eager to share their resources with the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.

NET Bible
For Macedonia and Achaia are pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.

New Heart English Bible
For it has been the good pleasure of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are at Jerusalem.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But these who are in Macedonia and in Akaia were willing to share with the poor Saints who are in Jerusalem.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Because the believers in Macedonia and Greece owe a debt to the Christians in Jerusalem, they have decided to take up a collection for the poor among the Christians in Jerusalem.

New American Standard 1977
For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For it has pleased those of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints who are in Jerusalem.

King James 2000 Bible
For it has pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints who are at Jerusalem.

American King James Version
For it has pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.

American Standard Version
For it hath been the good pleasure of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints that are at Jerusalem.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a contribution for the poor of the saints that are in Jerusalem.

Darby Bible Translation
for Macedonia and Achaia have been well pleased to make a certain contribution for the poor of the saints who [are] in Jerusalem.

English Revised Version
For it hath been the good pleasure of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints that are at Jerusalem.

Webster's Bible Translation
For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor of the saints who are at Jerusalem.

Weymouth New Testament
for Macedonia and Greece have kindly contributed a certain sum in relief of the poor among God's people, in Jerusalem.

World English Bible
For it has been the good pleasure of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are at Jerusalem.

Young's Literal Translation
for it pleased Macedonia and Achaia well to make a certain contribution for the poor of the saints who are in Jerusalem;
Study Bible
Paul's Travel Plans
25Now, however, I am on my way to Jerusalem to serve the saints there. 26For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. 27They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual blessings, they are obligated to minister to them with material blessings.…
Cross References
Acts 9:13
But Ananias answered, "Lord, many people have told me about this man and all the harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem.

Acts 16:9
During the night, Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and pleading with him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us."

Acts 16:12
From there, we went to the Roman colony of Philippi, the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days.

Acts 18:12
While Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews coordinated an attack on Paul and brought him before the judgment seat.

Acts 19:21
After these things had happened, Paul purposed in spirit to go to Jerusalem after he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia. "After I have been there," he said, "I must see Rome as well."

1 Corinthians 16:5
After I go through Macedonia, however, I will come to you; for I will be going through Macedonia.

2 Corinthians 1:16
I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and to return to you from Macedonia, and then to have you help me on my way to Judea.

2 Corinthians 2:13
I had no peace in my spirit, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said goodbye to them and went on to Macedonia.

2 Corinthians 7:5
For when we arrived in Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were pressed from every direction--conflicts on the outside, fears within.

2 Corinthians 8:1
Now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace God has given the churches of Macedonia.
Treasury of Scripture

For it has pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.

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Acts 11:27-30 And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem to Antioch…

2 Corinthians 8:1-9:15 Moreover, brothers, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed …

Galatians 6:6-10 Let him that is taught in the word communicate to him that teaches …

the poor.

Proverbs 14:21,31 He that despises his neighbor sins: but he that has mercy on the …

Proverbs 17:5 Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker: and he that is glad …

Zechariah 11:7,11 And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. …

Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch …

Matthew 26:11 For you have the poor always with you; but me you have not always.

Luke 6:20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be …

Luke 14:13 But when you make a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:

1 Corinthians 16:15 I beseech you, brothers, (you know the house of Stephanas, that it …

2 Corinthians 9:12 For the administration of this service not only supplies the want …

Philemon 1:5 Hearing of your love and faith, which you have toward the Lord Jesus, …

James 2:5,6 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this …

(26) The poor saints.--Literally, for the poor among the saints. It cannot, therefore, be inferred from this that the church at Jerusalem consisted entirely of poor. Still from the first it would seem as if persons like Joseph of Arimatha, and Nicodemus, and Mary the mother of Mark, were exceptions, and we know that the church at Jerusalem suffered severely during the famine in the reign of Claudius. Wealthier churches, such as those of Macedonia and Greece, would naturally be glad to have the opportunity of sending relief to the mother church, from which they might be said to be derived themselves. St. Paul himself proceeds to urge this very argument. From Jerusalem went forth the gospel which had been preached in Greece and Macedonia, and it would be but a small and due return if some of the superfluous wealth of those more favoured regions found its way to Jerusalem.

For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia,.... That is, the churches of Macedonia, particularly Philippi and Thessalonica; and the churches of Achaia, especially the church at Corinth, which was the metropolis of Achaia:

to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem; of which contribution, of their great forwardness, readiness, and liberality, a large account is given in 2 Corinthians 8:1; from whence Origen and others have rightly concluded, that this epistle to the Romans was wrote after that; since in that the apostle exhorts and encourages them, by the example of the Macedonian churches, to finish the collection they had begun; which collection is here called a contribution, or "communion", as the word signifies; it being one part of the communion of churches and of saints, to relieve their poor, by communicating to them, and to assist each other therein; and in which they have not only fellowship with one another, but with Christ the head; who takes what is done to the least of his brethren as done to himself: the persons for whom the collection was made, are "the poor saints", or "the poor of the saints"; for not all the saints, but the poor among them, were the objects of this generosity: they were saints such as are sanctified by God the Father in eternal election, and by the blood of Christ in redemption, and by the Spirit of Christ in the effectual calling, to these this goodness extended; for though good is to be done to all men, yet more especially to the household of faith: they were "poor", which is the lot of many who are saints, whom God has chosen, to whom the Gospel is preached, and who are called by grace: these came to be so, either through the great dearth which was throughout the world in the times of Claudius Caesar, when the brethren at Jerusalem particularly suffered, and were relieved by the disciples at Antioch; but this collection was made some years after that, and therefore rather they became so, through the persecutions of their countrymen; by whom they suffered joyfully the spoiling of their goods, knowing that they had a better and more enduring substance in heaven; or else through their having sold all their possessions, and thrown their money into one common stock and fund, for mutual subsistence, which was now exhausted: these poor saints lived at Jerusalem, which was at a great distance from Macedonia and Achaia; but though they were strangers, and unknown by face to them, and had only heard of them, and their distress; yet this was no objection to their cheerful contribution; they considered them as members of the same body, as belonging to the same family, and as standing in the same spiritual relation to God and Christ with themselves; and upon this foot they acted; and what they did is worthy the imitation of all the churches and people of God. 26. For, etc.—better, "For Macedonia and Achaia have thought good to make a certain contribution for the poor of the saints which are at Jerusalem." (See Ac 24:17). "They have thought it good; and their debtors verily they are"; that is, "And well they may, considering what the Gentile believers owe to their Jewish brethren."15:22-29 The apostle sought the things of Christ more than his own will, and would not leave his work of planting churches to go to Rome. It concerns all to do that first which is most needful. We must not take it ill if our friends prefer work which is pleasing to God, before visits and compliments, which may please us. It is justly expected from all Christians, that they should promote every good work, especially that blessed work, the conversion of souls. Christian society is a heaven upon earth, an earnest of our gathering together unto Christ at the great day. Yet it is but partial, compared with our communion with Christ; for that only will satisfy the soul. The apostle was going to Jerusalem, as the messenger of charity. God loves a cheerful giver. Every thing that passes between Christians should be a proof and instance of the union they have in Jesus Christ. The Gentiles received the gospel of salvation from the Jews; therefore were bound to minister to them in what was needed for the body. Concerning what he expected from them he speaks doubtfully; but concerning what he expected from God he speaks confidently. We cannot expect too little from man, nor too much from God. And how delightful and advantageous it is to have the gospel with the fulness of its blessings! What wonderful and happy effects does it produce, when attended with the power of the Spirit!
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