What advantage, the, is there in being a Jew,
Or what value is there in Circumcision?
2 Much in every way!
First of all,they have been entrusted
With the very Words of God.
3 What if some did not have Faith?
Will their lack of Faith nullify God's Faithfulness?
4 Not at all!
LET GOD BE TRUE, AND EVERY MAN A LIAR.
As it is written:
'So that You may be proved right in your words
And Prevail in Your Judging.'
5 But if our Unrighteousness
Brings out God's righteousness more clearly,
What shall we say?
THAT GOD IS UNJUST IN BRINGING HIS WRATH ON US?
(I am using a human argument.)
6 Certainly Not!
IF THAT WERE SO, HOW COULD GOD JUDGE THE WORLD?
7 Some one might argue,
'If my Falsehood enhances God's Truthfulness
And so increase His Glory,
Why am I still Condemned as a Sinner?'
8 Why not say—
As we are being Slanderously reported as saying
And as some claim that we say--
'Let us do Evil that Good may result'?
THEIR CONDEMNATION IS DESERVED.
No One Is Righteous
9 What shall we conclude then?
Are we any better?
Not at all!
We have already made the charge
THAT JEWS AND GENTILES ALIKE
AR ALL UNDER SIN.
10 As it is written:
'There is No one Righteous,
NOT EVEN ONE;
11 There is No one who understands,
No one who seeks God.
12 ALL have turned away,
THEY HAVE TOGETHER BECOME WORTHLESS;
Thee is No one who does Good,
NOT EVEN ONE.'
13 Their throats are Open Graves;
Their tongues practice Deceit.
14 Their mouths are full of Cursing and Bitterness.'
15 Their feet are swift to Shed Blood;
16 Ruin and Misery mark their ways,
17 And the way of Peace they do not know.'
18 'THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES.'
19 Now we know that whatever the Law says,
It says to those who are Under the Law,
SO THAT EVERY MOUTH MAY BE SILENCED
AND THE WHOLE WORLD HELD ACCOUNTABLE TO GOD.
20 Therefore No one will be declared Righteous in His sight
By Observing the Law;
RATHER, THROUGH THE LAW
WE BECOME CONSCIOUS OF SIN.
Righteousness Through Faith
21 But now a Righteousness from God,
Apart from the Law, has been made known,
to which the Law and the Prophets Testify.
22 THIS RIGHTEOUSNESS FROM GOD
COMES THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST
TO ALL WHO BELIEVE.
THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE,
23 FOR ALL HAVE SINNED
AND FALL SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD,
24 AND ARE JUSTIFIED FREELY BY HIS GRACE
THROUGH THE REDEMPTION
THAT CAME BY CHRIST JESUS.
25 GOD PRESENTED HIM AS A SACRIFICE OF ATONEMENT,
THROUGH FAITH IN HIS BLOOD.
He did this to Demonstrate His Justice,
Because in His Forbearance
He had left the Sins Committed beforehand Unpunished--
26 HE DID IT TO DEMONSTRATE HIS JUSTICE
AT THE PRESENT TIME,
SO AS TO BE JUST
AND THE ONE WHO JUSTIFIES
THE MAN WHO HAS FAITH IN JESUS.
27 WHERE IS THE BOASTING?
IT IS EXCLUDED.
ON WHAT PRINCIPLE?
ON THAT OF OBSERVING THE LAW?
NO, BUT ON THAT OF FAITH.
28 FOR WE MAINTAIN THAT A MAN IS JUSTIFIED BY FAITH
APART FROM OBSERVING THE LAW.
29 Is God the God of Jews only?
Is He not the God of Gentiles too?
Yes, of Gentiles too,
30 SINCE THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD,
WHO WILL JUSTIFY THE CIRCUMCISED BY FAITH
AND THE UNCIRCUMCISED THROUGH THAT SAME FAITH.
31 DO WE, THEN NULLIFY THE LAW BY THIS FAITH?
NOT AT ALL!
RATHER, WE UPHOLD THE LAW.