Romans 31 What is the pre-eminence of the Jew, then? or what profit is there of circumcision? 2 Much, in every respect: chiefly, indeed, because they were intrusted with the Oracles of God. 3 For, what if some did not believe--will not their unbelief destroy the faithfulness of God? 4 By no means. But let God be true, and every man a liar; as it is written, "That thou mayest be justified in thy sayings, and mayest overcome when thou judgest." 5 But if our unrighteousness display the justice of God, what shall we say? Is not God unjust, who inflicts vengeance? (I speak after the manner of men.) 6 By no means: otherwise, how shall God judge the world? 7 Still, if the truth of God has, through my lie, more abounded to his glory, why am I also yet condemned as a sinner-- 8 and not because we have done evil that good may come, as we are slandered, and as some affirm that we teach--whose condemnation is just? 9 What then? Do we excel? Not at all. For we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles to be all under sin. 10 As it is written, "Surely there is none righteous; no, not one. 11 There is none that understands; there is none that seeks after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way: they are together become unprofitable. There is none that does good; there is not so much as one. 13 Their throat is an open sepulcher: with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 14 their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood. 16 Destruction and misery lurk in their paths; 17 but the path of peace they have not known. 18 There is no fear of God before their eyes." 19 Now we know that whatever things the law says, it says to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and that all the world may be liable to punishment before God. 20 Wherefore, by works of law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight; because through law is the knowledge of sin. 21 But now, a justification which is of God, without law, is exhibited, attested by the law and the prophets: 22 even a justification which is of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, for all, and upon all, who believe; for there is no difference. 23 For all, having sinned and come short of the glory of God, 24 are justified freely by his favor, through the redemption which is by Christ Jesus: 25 whom God has set forth a propitiatory, through faith in his blood, for a demonstration of his own justice, in passing by the sins which were before committed, through the forbearance of God: 26 for a demonstration, also, of his justice in the present time, in order that he may be just, when justifying him, who is of the faith of Jesus. 27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. By what law? of works? No: but by the law of faith. 28 We conclude, then, that by faith man is justified, without works of law. 29 Is he the God of the Jews only, and not of the Gentiles, also? Yes, of the Gentiles, also. 30 Seeing there is one God, he will justify the circumcision by faith, and the uncircumcision through the faith. 31 Do we, then, make law useless through the faith? By no means: but we establish law.
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