Paul, a servant of Yeshua the Messiah, called to be an emissary, set apart for the Good News of God,
which he promised before through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,
concerning his Son, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh,
who was declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead, Yeshua the Messiah our Lord,
through whom we received grace and the office of emissary, for obedience of faith among all the nations, for his names sake;
among whom you are also called to belong to Yeshua the Messiah;
to all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be holy ones: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Yeshua the Messiah.
First, I thank my God through Yeshua the Messiah for all of you, that your faith is proclaimed throughout the whole world.
For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the Good News of his Son, how unceasingly I make mention of you always in my prayers,
requesting, if by any means now at last I may be prospered by the will of God to come to you.
For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, to the end that you may be established;
that is, that I with you may be encouraged in you, each of us by the others faith, both yours and mine.
Now I don’t desire to have you unaware, brothers, that I often planned to come to you, and was hindered so far, that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among the rest of the Gentiles.
I am debtor both to Greeks and to foreigners, both to the wise and to the foolish.
So, as much as is in me, I am eager to proclaim the Good News to you also who are in Rome.
For I am not ashamed of the Good News of Messiah, for it is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes; for the Jew first, and also for the Greek.
For in it is revealed God’s righteousness from faith to faith. As it is written, ‘But the righteous shall live by faith.’
“Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.
Habakkuk 2:4, ESV
The Talmud comments,
“R. Simlai when preaching said: Six hundred and thirteen precepts were communicated to Moses… Isaiah came and reduced them to six [principles], as it is written, [i] He that walks righteously, and [ii] speaks uprightly, [iii] He that despises the gain of oppression, [iv] that shakes his hand from holding of bribes, [v] that stops his ear from hearing of blood, [vi] and shuts his eyes from looking upon evil; he shall dwell on high…Micah came and reduced them to three [principles], as it is written, ‘It has been told thee, O man, what is good, and what the Lord does require of you: [i] only to do justly, and [ii] to love mercy and [iii] to walk humbly before your God…Again came Isaiah and reduced them to two [principles], as it is said, Thus says the HaShem, [i] Keep justice and [ii] do righteousness…Habakkuk who came and based them all on one [principle], as it is said, “But the righteous shall live by his faith.”
Makkot 23b-24a, Soncino Press Edition