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Romans 15:20–22

20 It has always been my ambition to preach the gospeld where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation.e 21 Rather, as it is written:

“Those who were not told about him will see,

and those who have not heard will understand.”g f

22 This is why I have often been hindered from coming to you.g

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Romans 15:20–22 — English Standard Version (ESV)

20 and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation, 21 but as it is written,

“Those who have never been told of him will see,

and those who have never heard will understand.”

22 This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you.

Romans 15:20–22 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

20 Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation: 21 But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand. 22 For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you.

Romans 15:20–22 — New Living Translation (NLT)

20 My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else. 21 I have been following the plan spoken of in the Scriptures, where it says,

“Those who have never been told about him will see,

and those who have never heard of him will understand.”

22 In fact, my visit to you has been delayed so long because I have been preaching in these places.

Romans 15:20–22 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

20 And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man’s foundation, 21 but as it is written:

“To whom He was not announced, they shall see;

And those who have not heard shall understand.”

22 For this reason I also have been much hindered from coming to you.

Romans 15:20–22 — New Century Version (NCV)

20 I always want to preach the Good News in places where people have never heard of Christ, because I do not want to build on the work someone else has already started. 21 But it is written in the Scriptures:

“Those who were not told about him will see,

and those who have not heard about him will understand.”

22 This is the reason I was stopped many times from coming to you.

Romans 15:20–22 — American Standard Version (ASV)

20 yea, making it my aim so to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named, that I might not build upon another man’s foundation; 21 but, as it is written,

They shall see, to whom no tidings of him came,

And they who have not heard shall understand.

22 Wherefore also I was hindered these many times from coming to you:

Romans 15:20–22 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

20 and so aiming to announce the glad tidings, not where Christ has been named, that I might not build upon another’s foundation; 21 but according as it is written, To whom there was nothing told concerning him, they shall see; and they that have not heard shall understand.

22 Wherefore also I have been often hindered from coming to you.

Romans 15:20–22 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

20 My goal was to spread the Good News where the name of Christ was not known. I didn’t want to build on a foundation which others had laid. 21 As Scripture says, 

“Those who were never told about him will see, 

and those who never heard will understand.” 

22 This is what has so often kept me from visiting you.

Romans 15:20–22 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

20 My aim is to evangelize where Christ has not been named, so that I will not build on someone else’s foundation, 21 but, as it is written:

Those who were not told about Him will see,

and those who have not heard will understand.

22 That is why I have been prevented many times from coming to you.

Romans 15:20–22 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

20 Thus I make it my ambition to proclaim the good news, not where Christ has already been named, so that I do not build on someone else’s foundation, 21 but as it is written,

“Those who have never been told of him shall see,

and those who have never heard of him shall understand.”

22 This is the reason that I have so often been hindered from coming to you.

Romans 15:20–22 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

20 And so, having as my ambition to proclaim the gospel where Christ has not been named, in order that I will not build on the foundation belonging to someone else, 21 but just as it is written,

Those to whom it was not announced concerning him will see,

and those who have not heard will understand.”

22 For this reason also I was hindered many times from coming to you,

Romans 15:20–22 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

20 I have always wanted to preach the good news where Christ was not known. I don’t want to build on what someone else has started. 21 It is written,

“Those who were not told about him will understand.

Those who have not heard will know what it all means.”

22 That’s why I have often been kept from coming to you.

Romans 15:20–22 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

20 And thus I aspired to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named, so that I would not build on another man’s foundation;

21 but as it is written,

They who had no news of Him shall see,

And they who have not heard shall understand.”

22 For this reason I have often been prevented from coming to you;


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