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1 No matter who you are, if you judge anyone, you have no excuse. When you judge another person, you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the same things. 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's judgment is right when he condemns people for doing these things. 2 Now we know that God's judgment against those who do such things is based on truth.
3 When you judge people for doing these things but then do them yourself, 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 Do you have contempt for God, who is very kind to you, puts up with you, and deals patiently with you? Don't you realize that it is God's kindness that is trying to lead you to him and change the way you think and act? 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 Since you are stubborn and don't want to change the way you think and act, you are adding to the anger that God will have against you on that day when God vents his anger. At that time God will reveal that his decisions are fair. 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 He will pay all people back for what they have done. 6 God "will give to each person according to what he has done."
7 He will give everlasting life to those who search for glory, honor, and immortality by persisting in doing what is good. But he will bring 7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.
8 anger and fury on those who, in selfish pride, refuse to believe the truth and who follow what is wrong. 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 distress for every person who does evil, for Jews first and Greeks as well. 9 There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile;
10 But there will be glory, honor, and peace for every person who does what is good, for Jews first and Greeks as well. 10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
11 God does not play favorites. 11 For God does not show favoritism.
12 Here's the reason: Whoever sins without having laws from God will still be condemned to destruction. And whoever has laws from God and sins will still be judged by them. 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 People who merely listen to laws from God don't have God's approval. Rather, people who do what those laws demand will have God's approval. 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 For example, whenever non-Jews who don't have laws from God do by nature the things that Moses' Teachings contain, they are a law to themselves even though they don't have any laws from God. 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 They show that some requirements found in Moses' Teachings are written in their hearts. Their consciences speak to them. Their thoughts accuse them on one occasion and defend them on another. 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 This happens as they face the day when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge people's secret thoughts. He will use the Good News that I am spreading to make that judgment. 16 This will take place on the day when God will judge men's secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.
17 You call yourself a Jew, rely on the laws in Moses' Teachings, brag about your God, 17 Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and brag about your relationship to God;
18 know what he wants, and distinguish right from wrong because you have been taught Moses' Teachings. 18 if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law;
19 You are confident that you are a guide for the blind, a light to those in the dark, 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 of ignorant people, and a teacher of children because you have the full content of knowledge and truth in Moses' Teachings. 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth--
21 As you teach others, are you failing to teach yourself? As you preach against stealing, are you stealing? 21 you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself ? You who preach against stealing, do you steal?
22 As you tell others not to commit adultery, are you committing adultery? As you treat idols with disgust, are you robbing temples? 22 You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?
23 As you brag about the laws in Moses' Teachings, are you dishonoring God by ignoring Moses' Teachings? 23 You who brag about the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?
24 As Scripture says, "God's name is cursed among the nations because of you." 24 As it is written: "God's name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you."
25 For example, circumcision is valuable if you follow Moses' laws. If you don't follow those laws, your circumcision amounts to uncircumcision. 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 So if a man does what Moses' Teachings demand, won't he be considered circumcised even if he is uncircumcised? 26 If those who are not circumcised keep the law's requirements, will they not be regarded as though they were circumcised?
27 The uncircumcised man who carries out what Moses' Teachings say will condemn you for not following them. He will condemn you in spite of the fact that you are circumcised and have Moses' Teachings in writing. 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 A person is not a Jew because of his appearance, nor is circumcision a matter of how the body looks. 28 A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical.
29 Rather, a person is a Jew inwardly, and circumcision is something that happens in a person's heart. Circumcision is spiritual, not just a written rule. That person's praise will come from God, not from people. 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.