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Romans 2:12-29 (English Standard Version)

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God's Judgment and the Law

12 For all who have sinned 1without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For 2it 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, 3by 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 4written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16 5on that day when, 6according to my gospel, God judges 7the secrets of men 8by Christ Jesus. 17 But if you call yourself a Jew and 9rely 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 10a 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 11the embodiment of 12knowledge and truth-- 21 13you 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 14rob temples? 23 You who 15boast in the law 16dishonor God by breaking the law. 24 For, 17as it is written, "The name of God is blasphemed 18among the Gentiles because of you." 25 For circumcision indeed is of value 19if you obey the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision. 26 So, if 20a man who is uncircumcised keeps 21the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regardeda as circumcision? 27 Then he who is physically uncircumcised but keeps the law 22will condemn you who have 23the written codeb and circumcision but break the law. 28 For 24no one is a Jew 25who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. 29 But a Jew is one 26inwardly, and 27circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. 28His praise is not from man but from God.
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