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1 Do you, my friend, pass judgment on others? You have no excuse at all, whoever you are. For when you judge others and then do the same things which they do, you condemn yourself. 1 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.
2 We know that God is right when he judges the people who do such things as these. 2 Now we know that God's judgment against those who do such things is based on truth.
3 But you, my friend, do those very things for which you pass judgment on others! Do you think you will escape God's judgment? 3 So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God's judgment?
4 Or perhaps you despise his great kindness, tolerance, and patience. Surely you know that God is kind, because he is trying to lead you to repent. 4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness leads you toward repentance?
5 But you have a hard and stubborn heart, and so you are making your own punishment even greater on the Day when God's anger and righteous judgments will be revealed. 5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.
6 For God will reward each of us according to what we have done. 6 God "will give to each person according to what he has done."
7 Some people keep on doing good, and seek glory, honor, and immortal life; to them God will give eternal life. 7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.
8 Other people are selfish and reject what is right, in order to follow what is wrong; on them God will pour out his anger and fury. 8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.
9 There will be suffering and pain for all those who do what is evil, for the Jews first and also for the Gentiles. 9 There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile;
10 But God will give glory, honor, and peace to all who do what is good, to the Jews first and also to the Gentiles. 10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
11 For God judges everyone by the same standard. 11 For God does not show favoritism.
12 The Gentiles do not have the Law of Moses; they sin and are lost apart from the Law. The Jews have the Law; they sin and are judged by the Law. 12 All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law.
13 For it is not by hearing the Law that people are put right with God, but by doing what the Law commands. 13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God's sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.
14 The Gentiles do not have the Law; but whenever they do by instinct what the Law commands, they are their own law, even though they do not have the Law. 14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law,
15 Their conduct shows that what the Law commands is written in their hearts. Their consciences also show that this is true, since their thoughts sometimes accuse them and sometimes defend them. 15 since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.)
16 And so, according to the Good News I preach, this is how it will be on that Day when God through Jesus Christ will judge the secret thoughts of all. 16 This will take place on the day when God will judge men's secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.
17 What about you? You call yourself a Jew; you depend on the Law and boast about God; 17 Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and brag about your relationship to God;
18 you know what God wants you to do, and you have learned from the Law to choose what is right; 18 if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law;
19 you are sure that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in darkness, 19 if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark,
20 an instructor for the foolish, and a teacher for the ignorant. You are certain that in the Law you have the full content of knowledge and of truth. 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth--
21 You teach others - why don't you teach yourself? You preach, "Do not steal" - but do you yourself steal? 21 you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself ? You who preach against stealing, do you steal?
22 You say, "Do not commit adultery" - but do you commit adultery? You detest idols - but do you rob temples? 22 You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?
23 You boast about having God's law - but do you bring shame on God by breaking his law? 23 You who brag about the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?
24 The scripture says, "Because of you Jews, the Gentiles speak evil of God." 24 As it is written: "God's name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you."
25 If you obey the Law, your circumcision is of value; but if you disobey the Law, you might as well never have been circumcised. 25 Circumcision has value if you observe the law, but if you break the law, you have become as though you had not been circumcised.
26 If the Gentile, who is not circumcised, obeys the commands of the Law, will not God regard him as though he were circumcised? 26 If those who are not circumcised keep the law's requirements, will they not be regarded as though they were circumcised?
27 And so you Jews will be condemned by the Gentiles because you break the Law, even though you have it written down and are circumcised; but they obey the Law, even though they are not physically circumcised. 27 The one who is not circumcised physically and yet obeys the law will condemn you who, even though you have the written code and circumcision, are a lawbreaker.
28 After all, who is a real Jew, truly circumcised? It is not the man who is a Jew on the outside, whose circumcision is a physical thing. 28 A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical.
29 Rather, the real Jew is the person who is a Jew on the inside, that is, whose heart has been circumcised, and this is the work of God's Spirit, not of the written Law. Such a person receives praise from God, not from human beings. 29 No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man's praise is not from men, but from God.