So what are we saying? Are we better off? Not at all. We have already stated the charge: both Jews and Greeks are all under the power of sin.
As it is written, There is no righteous person, not even one. 11There is no one who understands. There is no one who looks for God. 12They all turned away. They have become worthless together. There is no one who shows kindness. There is not even one.a13Their throat is a grave that has been opened. They are deceitful with their tongues, and the poison of vipers is under their lips.b14Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.c15Their feet are quick to shed blood; 16destruction and misery are in their ways; 17and they don't know the way of peace.d18There is no fear of God in their view of the world.e19
Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, in order to shut every mouth and make it so the whole world has to answer to God.
It follows that no human being will be treated as righteous in his presence by doing what the Law says, because the knowledge of sin comes through the Law.