But if our unrighteousness commend God's righteousness, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who inflicts wrath? a I speak according to man.
Far be the thought: since how shall God judge the world?
For if the truth of God, in my lie, has more abounded b to his glory, why yet am *I* also judged as a sinner?
and not, according as we are injuriously charged, and according as some affirm that we say, Let us practise evil things, that good ones may come? whose judgment is just.
What then? are we better? No, in no wise: for we have before charged both Jews and Greeks with being all under sin:
according as it is written, There is not a righteous [man], not even one;
there is not the [man] that understands, there is not one that seeks after God.
All have gone out of the way, they have together become unprofitable; there is not one that practises goodness, there is not so much as one: c13
their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; d asps' poison [is] under their lips: e14
whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; f15
swift their feet to shed blood;