Romans 3

God’s Righteousness Upheld

1Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? 2Much in every way. To begin with, athe Jews were entrusted with bthe oracles of God. 3 cWhat if some were unfaithful? dDoes their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? 4By no means! eLet God be true though fevery one were a liar, as it is written,

gThat you may be justified in your words,
and prevail when you hare judged.”

5But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict iwrath on us? ( jI speak in a human way.) 6By no means! For then how could kGod judge the world? 7But if through my lie God’s truth abounds to his glory, lwhy am I still being condemned as a sinner? 8And why not mdo evil that good may come?—as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just.

No One Is Righteous

9What then? Are we Jews
Greek  Are we
any better off?
Or at any disadvantage?
No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both pJews and qGreeks, are runder sin,
10as it is written:

s“None is righteous, no, not one;
11no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
12All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.”
13 tTheir throat is uan open grave;
they use their tongues to deceive.”
v“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
14 wTheir mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
15 xTheir feet are swift to shed blood;
16in their paths are ruin and misery,
17and ythe way of peace they have not known.”
18 z“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

19Now we know that whatever aathe law says it speaks to those who are under the law, abso that every mouth may be stopped, and acthe whole world may be held accountable to God. 20For adby works of the law no human being
Greek flesh
will be justified in his sight, since afthrough the law comes knowledge of sin.

The Righteousness of God Through Faith

21But now agthe righteousness of God ahhas been manifested apart from the law, although aithe Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22the righteousness of God ajthrough faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. akFor there is no distinction: 23for alall have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 amand are justified anby his grace as a gift, aothrough the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25whom God apput forward as aqa propitiation arby his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in ashis divine forbearance he had passed over atformer sins. 26It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

27 auThen what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28For we hold that one is justified by faith avapart from works of the law. 29Or awis God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30since axGod is onewho will justify the circumcised by faith and aythe uncircumcised through faith. 31Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.

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