What then? Are we any better?a Not at all! For we have previously charged that both Jews and Gentilesb are all under sin,c10
as it is written:d There is no one righteous, not even one;
there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God.
All have turned away, together they have become useless; there is no one who does good, there is not even one. e13
Their throat is an open grave; they deceive with their tongues. f Vipers' venom is under their lips. g14
Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. h15
Their feet are swift to shed blood;
ruin and wretchedness are in their paths,
and the path of peace they have not known. i18
There is no fear of God before their eyes. j19
Now we know that whatever the law says speaks to those who are subject to the law,k so that every mouth may be shut and the whole world may become subject to God's judgment.l20
For no flesh will be justifiedm in His sight by the works of the law, for through the law [comes] the knowledge of sin.