Romans 15:28
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New International Version
So after I have completed this task and have made sure that they have received this contribution, I will go to Spain and visit you on the way.

New Living Translation
As soon as I have delivered this money and completed this good deed of theirs, I will come to see you on my way to Spain.

English Standard Version
When therefore I have completed this and have delivered to them what has been collected, I will leave for Spain by way of you.

Berean Study Bible
So after I have completed this service and safely delivered this bounty to them, I will set off to Spain by way of you.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore having finished this, and having sealed this fruit to them, I will set off through you into Spain.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore, when I have finished this, and have put my seal on this fruit of theirs, I will go on by way of you to Spain.

King James Bible
When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So when I have finished this and safely delivered the funds to them, I will visit you on the way to Spain.

International Standard Version
So when I have completed this task and have put my seal on this contribution of theirs, I will visit you on my way to Spain.

NET Bible
Therefore after I have completed this and have safely delivered this bounty to them, I will set out for Spain by way of you,

New Heart English Bible
When therefore I have accomplished this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will go on by way of you to Spain.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
When therefore I have finished and have ratified this fruit to them, I am going to pass by you to Espania.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When the collection is completed and I have officially turned the money over to the Christians in Jerusalem, I will visit you on my way to Spain.

New American Standard 1977
Therefore, when I have finished this, and have put my seal on this fruit of theirs, I will go on by way of you to Spain.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So that, when I have concluded this and have delivered unto them this fruit, I will come by you unto Spain.

King James 2000 Bible
When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you to Spain.

American King James Version
When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain.

American Standard Version
When therefore I have accomplished this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will go on by you unto Spain.

Douay-Rheims Bible
When therefore I shall have accomplished this, and consigned to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain.

Darby Bible Translation
Having finished this therefore, and having sealed to them this fruit, I will set off by you into Spain.

English Revised Version
When therefore I have accomplished this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will go on by you unto Spain.

Webster's Bible Translation
When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will go by you into Spain.

Weymouth New Testament
So after discharging this duty, and making sure that these kind gifts reach those for whom they are intended, I shall start for Spain, passing through Rome on my way there;

World English Bible
When therefore I have accomplished this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will go on by way of you to Spain.

Young's Literal Translation
This, then, having finished, and having sealed to them this fruit, I will return through you, to Spain;
Study Bible
Paul's Travel Plans
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. 28So after I have completed this service and safely delivered this bounty to them, I will set off to Spain by way of you. 29I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.…
Cross References
Matthew 27:66
So they went and secured the tomb by sealing the stone and posting the guard.

John 3:33
Whoever accepts His testimony has certified that God is truthful.

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."

Romans 15:24
I hope to see you on my way to Spain. Then after I have enjoyed your company for a while, you can equip me for my journey.
Treasury of Scripture

When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain.

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Philippians 4:17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

Colossians 1:6 Which is come to you, as it is in all the world; and brings forth …

I will.

Romans 15:24 Whenever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you: for I …

Proverbs 19:21 There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel …

Lamentations 3:37 Who is he that said, and it comes to pass, when the Lord commands it not?

James 4:13-15 Go to now, you that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such …

(28) Sealed to them this fruit.--Placed in their hands the sum raised by the collection. This will appear at first sight a somewhat stilted expression, but it takes a certain solemnity from the fact that St. Paul seems to regard this journey to Jerusalem as the close of his own apostolic labours in those parts, the dropping of the curtain, as it were, before a new act in his career.

Will come by you.--Will pass through your city on my way to Spain.

Verses 28, 29. - When therefore I have accomplished this, and sealed to them (i.e. ratified and assured to them) this fruit, I will come away by you into Spain. And I know that when I come to you (ὑμᾶς here is intended emphatically) I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of Christ. How different from his anticipations were the circumstances of his first visit to Rome we know from the Acts. So man proposes, but God disposes, and all for final good (cf. Philippians 1:12, seq.). That he afterwards carried out his intention of visiting Spain cannot be alleged with certainty, though there is distinct evidence of an early tradition that he did so (Canon Muratori, Eusebius, Jerome, Theodoret. Cf. Clem. Romans, Ep. 1, who speaks of St. Paul having gone to "the boundaries of the West"). Certainly before the end of his detention at Rome he had given up any idea he might have had of going thence at once to Spain; for cf. Philippians 2:19; Philemon 1:22; which Epistles are believed, on good grounds, to have been written during that detention. Still, he may have gone during the interval between his release and his final captivity at Rome, during which the pastoral Epistles were probably written. In what follows (vers. 30-32) some apprehension of dangers attending his visit to Jerusalem, which might possibly thwart his intentions, already appears; sounding like an undertone allaying the confidence of the hope previously expressed. In the course of his progress to Jerusalem this apprehension appears to have grown upon him; for see Acts 20:22, 23, 28; Acts 21:4, 11-14). It may be here observed that such signs, evidently unintentional, of conflicting feelings in the letter, and such consistency between the letter and the narrative, are strong confirmations of the genuineness of both. When therefore I have performed this,.... Meaning when he had dispatched that business, and finished that affair which the Macedonian and Achaian churches had entreated him to engage in, and which he had undertook; namely, to take their collection, and carry it to Jerusalem, and distribute it among the poor saints there; and which he expresses by another phrase,

and have sealed to them this fruit. The liberality of the Gentile churches is called fruit, as it may be on many accounts; as with respect to the apostle, it was the fruit of his ministry and laborious preaching of the Gospel among them; he had been sowing the seed of the word, and planting churches in these parts; and among other fruits brought forth hereby, as the conversion of sinners, and edification of saints, the exercise of grace, and performance of good works, this of liberality to the poor saints was one: with respect to the persons, the objects of this bounty, it was the fruit of their spiritual things, which the Gentiles, by their means, had been partakers of; and would be as fruit, useful and profitable to them, to relieve their wants, supply them with necessaries, and make their lives more comfortable: and also with respect to the contributors, it was the fruit of the Spirit of God, and his grace in them; it was the fruit of faith, which works by love; and it was the fruit of their love to Christ, and to his saints; and was profitable to them in things temporal, spiritual, and eternal; promises of each being made and performed to such that sow liberally and bountifully. Now the ministration of this to the poor saints at Jerusalem, and on the behalf of the Grecian churches, the apostle calls a "sealing" it to them; and it is thought to be an allusion to the delivery of money sealed up, that it may not be lost, nor made use of for any other purpose than that for which it was designed: whether the apostle carried this collection sealed or not, it matters not; his sense is, that he should deliver it whole and safe unto them, and in such manner as to leave no suspicion that he had converted any part of it to his own use; though the word here used seems to answer to the Hebrew which, with the Jews, frequently signifies to conclude, "finish", and make an end of anything, as well as to "seal"; the sealing up of letters being the last and finishing part of them. Innumerable instances might be given; take the following one as a proof (d):

"we find in the former prophets, , "that they sealed", or ended their words with words of praise, or with words of consolation Says R. Eliezer, except Jeremiah, "who sealed", or finished with words of reproof.''

So the word is used in Daniel 9:24, and then the apostle's plain meaning is, when I have made an end of this affair, have finished this business of ministering and distributing to the poor saints at Jerusalem,

I will come by you into Spain. The Ethiopic version reads it, "Lasitania", designing, no doubt, Lusitania, which was formerly a part of Spain, now called Portugal. Whether the apostle ever was there is not certain nor very probable, since when he came to Jerusalem he was apprehended, and after sometime sent a prisoner to Rome, where he suffered; however, it was his intention to go to Spain, and to take Rome in his way thither.

(d) T. Hieros. Beracot, fol. 8. 4. 28, 29. When therefore I have … sealed—that is, delivered over safely

to them this fruit—of the faith and love of the Gentile converts

I will come—"come back," or "return"

by you into Spain—(See on [2272]Ro 15:24).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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