By no means! 1Let God be true though 2every one were a liar, as it is written, 3"That you may be justified in your words, and prevail when you 4are judged."
But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict 5wrath on us? (6I speak in a human way.)
By no means! For then how could 7God judge the world?
But if through my lie God's truth abounds to his glory, 8why am I still being condemned as a sinner?
And why not 9do evil that good may come?--as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just.
What then? Are we Jewsa any better off?b No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both 10Jews and 11Greeks, are 12under sin,
as it is written: 13"None is righteous, no, not one;
no one understands; no one seeks for God.
All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one."
1314"Their throat is 15an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive." 16"The venom of asps is under their lips."
1417"Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness."