- What advantage then hath the Jew?
or what is the profit of circumcision?
- Much every way: first of all, that they were intrusted with the oracles of God.
- For what if some were without faith?
shall their want of faith make of none effect the faithfulness of God?
- God forbid: yea, let God be found true, but every man a liar;
as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy words, And mightest prevail when thou comest into judgment.
- But if our righteousness commendeth the righteousness of God, what shall we say?
Is God unrighteous who visiteth with wrath?
(I speak after the manner of men.)
- God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?
- But if the truth of God through my lie abounded unto his glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner?
- and why not (as we are slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say), Let us do evil, that good may come?
whose condemnation is just.
- What then?
are we better than they?
No, in no wise: for we before laid to the charge both of Jews and Greeks, that they are all under sin;
- as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one;
- There is none that understandeth, There is none that seeketh after God;
- They have all turned aside, they are together become unprofitable;
There is none that doeth good, no, not, so much as one:
- Their throat is an open sepulchre;
With their tongues they have used deceit: The poison of asps is under their lips:
- Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
- Their feet are swift to shed blood;
- Destruction and misery are in their ways;
- And the way of peace have they not known:
- There is no fear of God before their eyes.
- Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it speaketh to them that are under the law;
that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may be brought under the judgment of God:
- because by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified in his sight;
for through the law [cometh] the knowledge of sin.
- But now apart from the law a righteousness of God hath been manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
- even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ unto all them that believe;
for there is no distinction;
- for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God;
- being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
- whom God set forth [to be] a propitiation, through faith, in his blood, to show his righteousness because of the passing over of the sins done aforetime, in the forbearance of God;
- for the showing, [I say], of his righteousness at this present season: that he might himself be just, and the justifier of him that hath faith in Jesus.
- Where then is the glorying?
It is excluded.
By what manner of law?
Nay: but by a law of faith.
- We reckon therefore that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.
- Or is God [the God] of Jews only?
is he not [the God] of Gentiles also?
Yea, of Gentiles also:
- if so be that God is one, and he shall justify the circumcision by faith, and the uncircumcision through faith.
- Do we then make the law of none effect through faith?
God forbid: nay, we establish the law.