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Romans 2 (English Standard Version)

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God's Righteous Judgment

1 Therefore you have 1no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For 2in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. 2 We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. 3 Do you suppose, O man--you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself--that you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or do you presume on 3the riches of his kindness and 4forbearance and 5patience, 6not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? 5 But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are 7storing up 8wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 9He will render to each one according to his works: 7 to those who 10by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8 but for those who are self-seekinga and 11do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. 9 There will be tribulation and distress 12for every human being who does evil, the Jew 13first and also the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and 14peace for everyone who does good, 15the Jew first and also the Greek. 11 For 16God shows no partiality.

God's Judgment and the Law

12 For all who have sinned 17without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For 18it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, 19by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the work of the law is 20written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16 21on that day when, 22according to my gospel, God judges 23the secrets of men 24by Christ Jesus. 17 But if you call yourself a Jew and 25rely on the law and boast in God 18 and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; 19 and if you are sure that you yourself are 26a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law 27the embodiment of 28knowledge and truth-- 21 29you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you 30rob temples? 23 You who 31boast in the law 32dishonor God by breaking the law. 24 For, 33as it is written, "The name of God is blasphemed 34among the Gentiles because of you." 25 For circumcision indeed is of value 35if you obey the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision. 26 So, if 36a man who is uncircumcised keeps 37the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regardedb as circumcision? 27 Then he who is physically uncircumcised but keeps the law 38will condemn you who have 39the written codec and circumcision but break the law. 28 For 40no one is a Jew 41who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. 29 But a Jew is one 42inwardly, and 43circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. 44His praise is not from man but from God.
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