22 This is why I have often been hindered from coming to you.g
23 But now that there is no more place for me to work in these regions, and since I have been longing for many years to visit you,h 24 I plan to do so when I go to Spain.i I hope to see you while passing through and to have you assistj me on my journey there, after I have enjoyed your company for a while. 25 Now, however, I am on my way to Jerusalemk in the servicel of the Lord’s peoplem there. 26 For Macedonian and Achaiao were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the Lord’s people in Jerusalem.p 27 They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings.q 28 So after I have completed this task and have made sure that they have received this contribution, I will go to Spainr and visit you on the way. 29 I know that when I come to you,s I will come in the full measure of the blessing of Christ.
30 I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit,t to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.u 31 Pray that I may be kept safev from the unbelievers in Judea and that the contributionw I take to Jerusalem may be favorably received by the Lord’s peoplex there, 32 so that I may come to youy with joy, by God’s will,z and in your company be refreshed.a
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