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Romans 3:5-15 (Common English Bible)

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5 But if our lack of righteousness confirms God's justice, what will we say? That God, who brings wrath upon us, isn't just (I'm speaking rhetorically)? 6 Absolutely not! If God weren't just, how could he judge the world? 7 But if God's truth is demonstrated by my lie and it increases his glory, why am I still judged as a sinner? 8 Why not say, "Let's do evil things so that good things will come out of it"? (Some people who slander us accuse us of saying that, but these people deserve criticism.)

All are under the power of sin

9 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. 10 As it is written, There is no righteous person, not even one. 11 There is no one who understands. There is no one who looks for God. 12 They all turned away. They have become worthless together. There is no one who shows kindness. There is not even one.a 13 Their throat is a grave that has been opened. They are deceitful with their tongues, and the poison of vipers is under their lips.b 14 Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.c 15 Their feet are quick to shed blood;
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