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1 If you judge someone else, you have no excuse for it. When you judge another person, you are judging yourself. You do the same things you blame others for doing. 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 when God judges those who do evil things, he judges fairly. 2 Now we know that God's judgment against those who do such things is based on truth.
3 Though you are only a human being, you judge others. But you yourself do the same things. So how do you think you will escape when God judges you? 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 make fun of God's great kindness and favor? Do you make fun of God when he is patient with you? Don't you realize that God's kindness is meant to turn you away from your sins? 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 are stubborn. In your heart you are not sorry for your sins. You are storing up anger against yourself. The day of God's anger is coming. Then his way of judging fairly will be shown. 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 God "will give to each person in keeping with what he has done."#1(Psalm 62:12; %"Proverbs 24:12)#2 6 God "will give to each person according to what he has done."
7 God will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good. They want glory, honor, and life that never ends. 7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.
8 But there are others who only look out for themselves. They don't accept the truth. They go down an evil path. God will pour out his burning anger on them. 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 trouble and suffering for everyone who does evil. That is meant first for the Jews. It is also meant for the non-Jews. 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 everyone who does good. That is meant first for the Jews. It is also meant for the non-Jews. 10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
11 God treats everyone the same. 11 For God does not show favoritism.
12 Some people do not know God's law when they sin. They will not be judged by the law when they die. Others do know God's law when they sin. They will be 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 Hearing the law does not make a person right with God. People are considered to be right with God only when they obey the law. 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 Those who aren't Jews do not have the law. Sometimes they just naturally do what the law requires. They are a law for themselves. This is true even though they don't 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 They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts. The way their minds judge them gives witness to that fact. Sometimes their thoughts find them guilty. At other times their thoughts find them not guilty. 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 People will be judged on the day God appoints Jesus Christ to judge their secret thoughts. That's part of my good news. 16 This will take place on the day when God will judge men's secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.
17 Suppose you call yourself a Jew. You trust in the law. You brag that you are close to 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 agree with what is best because the law teaches you. 18 if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law;
19 You are sure you can lead people who are blind. You are sure you are a light for those who are 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 You claim to be able to teach foolish people. You can even teach babies. You think that in the law you have all knowledge and 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. But you don't teach yourself! You preach against stealing. But you steal! 21 you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself ? You who preach against stealing, do you steal?
22 You say that people should not commit adultery. But you commit adultery! You hate statues of gods. But 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 brag about the law. But when you break it, you rob God of his honor! 23 You who brag about the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?
24 It is written, "Those who aren't Jews say evil things against God's name because of you."#1(Isaiah 52:5; Ezekiel 36:22)#2 24 As it is written: "God's name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you."
25 Circumcision has value if you obey the law. But if you break the law, it is just as if you hadn't 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 Sometimes those who aren't circumcised do what the law requires. Won't God accept them as if they had been circumcised? 26 If those who are not circumcised keep the law's requirements, will they not be regarded as though they were circumcised?
27 Many are not circumcised physically, but they obey the law. They will prove that you are guilty. You are breaking the law, even though you have the written law and are 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 A man is not a Jew if he is a Jew only on the outside. And circumcision is more than just something done to the outside of a man's body. 28 A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical.
29 No, a man is a Jew only if he is a Jew on the inside. And true circumcision means that the heart has been circumcised. It is done by the Holy Spirit. It is more than just obeying the written Law. Then a man's praise will not come from others. It will come from God. 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.