Romans 15:20
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English Standard Version
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,

King James Bible
Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation:

American Standard Version
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;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I have so preached this gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation.

English Revised Version
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;

Webster's Bible Translation
And so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation:

Weymouth New Testament
making it my ambition, however, not to tell the Good News where Christ's name was already known, for fear I should be building on another man's foundation.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Have I strived (φιλοτιμούμενον)

The verb means originally to be fond of honor, and hence, from a love of honor, to strive, be ambitious. Compare 2 Corinthians 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:11. The correct sense is to prosecute as a point of honor.

Foundation (θεμέλιον)

See on settle, 1 Peter 5:10.

Romans 15:20 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

so.

2 Corinthians 10:14-16 For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not to you...

build.

1 Corinthians 3:9-15 For we are laborers together with God: you are God's husbandry, you are God's building...

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 has distributed to us...

Ephesians 2:20-22 And are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone...

Cross References
Romans 1:15
So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.

Romans 10:15
And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!"

Romans 15:16
to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 3:10
According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it.

2 Corinthians 10:15
We do not boast beyond limit in the labors of others. But our hope is that as your faith increases, our area of influence among you may be greatly enlarged,

2 Corinthians 10:16
so that we may preach the gospel in lands beyond you, without boasting of work already done in another's area of influence.

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