Now if our unrighteousness highlights God's righteousness, what should we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict his anger on us? (I am speaking here the way people commonly do.)
Heaven forbid! Else, how could God judge the world?
"But," you say, "if, through my lie, God's truth is enhanced and brings him greater glory, why am I still judged merely for being a sinner?"
Indeed! Why not say (as some people slander us by claiming we do say), "Let us do evil, so that good may come of it"? Against them the judgment is a just one!
So are we Jews better off? Not entirely; for I have already made the charge that all people, Jews and Gentiles alike, are controlled by sin.
As the Tanakh puts it, "There is no one righteous, not even one! No one understands,
no one seeks God,
all have turned away and at the same time become useless; there is no one who shows kindness, not a single one!
"Their throats are open graves, they use their tongues to deceive. Vipers' venom is under their lips.
Their mouths are full of curses and bitterness.
"Their feet rush to shed blood,