Well then, are we Jews in any better condition than the Gentiles? Not at all! a I have already shown that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin.
As the Scriptures say: 1 "There is no one who is righteous,
no one who is wise or who worships God.
All have turned away from God; they have all gone wrong; no one does what is right, not even one.
Their words are full of deadly deceit; 2 wicked lies roll off their tongues, and dangerous threats, like snake's poison, from their lips;
their speech is filled with bitter curses. 315
They are quick to hurt and kill; 416
they leave ruin and destruction wherever they go.
They have not known the path of peace,
nor have they learned reverence for God." 519
Now we know that everything in the Law applies to those who live under the Law, in order to stop all human excuses and bring the whole world under God's judgment.
For no one is put right in God's sight by doing what the Law requires; what the Law does is to make us know that we have sinned. 6