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Romans 15:20 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— 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;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— 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;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— and so aiming to announce the glad tidings, not where Christ has been named, that I might not build upon another's foundation;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Although, thus,—as ambitious to be announcing the glad-message—not where Christ had been named, lest, upon another's foundation, I should be building;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and so counting it honour to proclaim good news, not where Christ was named—that upon another's foundation I might not build—
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And I have so preached this gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man a foundation.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Yea, so haue I striued to preach the Gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build vpon another mans foundation:
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— being anxious to preach, not where the name of Meshiha had been called, that I might not build upon another foundation,
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— while I was careful not to preach where the name of Messiah had been invoked, lest I should build upon another man's foundation;

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Yea, 1161
{1161} Prime
δέ
de
{deh}
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
so 3779
{3779} Prime
οὕτω
houto
{hoo'-to}
From G3778; in this way (referring to what precedes or follows).
have I strived 5389
{5389} Prime
φιλοτιμέομαι
philotimeomai
{fil-ot-im-eh'-om-ahee}
Middle voice from a compound of G5384 and G5092; to be fond of honor, that is, emulous (eager or earnest to do somethng.).
z5740
<5740> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle or Passive Deponent (See G5790)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 544
to preach the gospel, 2097
{2097} Prime
εὐαγγελίζω
euaggelizo
{yoo-ang-ghel-id'-zo}
From G2095 and G0032; to announce good news ('evangelize') especially the gospel.
z5733
<5733> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle (See G5785)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 30
not 3756
{3756} Prime
οὐ
ou
{oo}
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
where 3699
{3699} Prime
ὅπου
hopou
{hop'-oo}
From G3739 and G4225; what (-ever) where, that is, at whichever spot.
Christ 5547
{5547} Prime
Χριστός
Christos
{khris-tos'}
From G5548; anointed, that is, the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.
was named, 3687
{3687} Prime
ὀνομάζω
onomazo
{on-om-ad'-zo}
From G3686; to name, that is, assign an appellation; by extension to utter, mention, profess.
z5681
<5681> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 602
lest 3363
{3363} Prime
ἵνα με
hina me
{hin'-ah may}
That is, G2443 and G3361; in order (or so) that not.
I should build 3618
{3618} Prime
οἰκοδομέω
oikodomeo
{oy-kod-om-eh'-o}
From the same as G3619; to be a house builder, that is, construct or (figuratively) confirm.
z5725
<5725> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 352
upon 1909
{1909} Prime
ἐπί
epi
{ep-ee'}
A primary preposition properly meaning superimposition (of time, place, order, etc.), as a relation of distribution [with the genitive case], that is, over, upon, etc.; of rest (with the dative case) at, on, etc.; of direction (with the accusative case) towards, upon, etc.
another man's 245
{0245} Prime
ἀλλότριος
allotrios
{al-lot'-ree-os}
From G0243; another's, that is, not one's own; by extension foreign, not akin, hostile.
foundation: 2310
{2310} Prime
θεμέλιος
themelios
{them-el'-ee-os}
From a derivative of G5087; something put down, that is, a substruction (of a building, etc.), (literally or figuratively).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Romans 15:18-22.


Romans 15:20-21

_ _ Yea, etc. — rather, “Yet making it my study (compare 2 Corinthians 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:11, Greek) so to preach the Gospel, not where Christ was [already] named, that I might not build upon another man’s foundation: but (might act) as it is written, To whom no tidings of Him came, they shall see,” etc.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Romans 15:17-21.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Romans 15:20

Not where Christ had been named — These places he generally declined, though not altogether, having an holy ambition (so the Greek word means) to make the first proclamation of the gospel in places where it was quite unheard of, in spite of all the difficulty and dangers that attended it. Lest I should only build upon another man's foundation — The providence of God seemed in a special manner, generally, to prevent this, though not entirely, lest the enemies of the apostle, who sought every occasion to set light by him, should have had room to say that he was behind other apostles, not being sufficient for planting of churches himself, but only for preaching where others had been already; or that he declined the more difficult part of the ministry

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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so:

2 Corinthians 10:14-16 For we stretch not ourselves beyond [our measure], as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in [preaching] the gospel of Christ: ... To preach the gospel in the [regions] beyond you, [and] not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand.

build:

1 Corinthians 3:9-15 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building. ... If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
2 Corinthians 10:13-16 But we will not boast of things without [our] measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you. ... To preach the gospel in the [regions] beyond you, [and] not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand.
Ephesians 2:20-22 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner [stone]; ... In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
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