That have no law
(ta mh nomon econta
). Better, "that have not the law" (the Mosaic law). By nature
). Instrumental case of pusi
, old word from puw
, to beget. The Gentiles are without the Mosaic law, but not without some knowledge of God in conscience and when they do right "they are a law to themselves" (eautoi eisin nomo
). This is an obvious reply to the Jewish critic.