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1 You may be saying, "What terrible people you have been talking about!" But you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you do these very 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 And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things. 2 Now we know that God's judgment against those who do such things is based on truth.
3 Do you think that God will judge and condemn others for doing them and not judge you when you do them, too? 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 Don't you realize how kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Or don't you care? Can't you see how kind he has been in giving you time to turn from your sin? 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 no, you won't listen. So you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself because of your stubbornness in refusing to turn from your sin. For there is going to come a day of judgment when God, the just judge of all the world, 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 will judge all people according to what they have done. 6 God "will give to each person according to what he has done."
7 He will give eternal life to those who persist in doing what is good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers. 7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.
8 But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and practice evil deeds. 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 calamity for everyone who keeps on sinning -- for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. 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 and honor and peace from God for all who do good -- for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. 10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
11 For God does not show favoritism. 11 For God does not show favoritism.
12 God will punish the Gentiles when they sin, even though they never had God's written law. And he will punish the Jews when they sin, for they do have 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 merely knowing the law that brings God's approval. Those who obey the law will be declared right in God's sight. 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 Even when Gentiles, who do not have God's written law, instinctively follow what the law says, they show that in their hearts they know right from wrong. 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 demonstrate that God's law is written within them, for their own consciences either accuse them or tell them they are doing what is right. 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 The day will surely come when God, by Jesus Christ, will judge everyone's secret life. This is my message. 16 This will take place on the day when God will judge men's secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.
17 If you are a Jew, you are relying on God's law for your special relationship with him. You boast that all is well between yourself and God. 17 Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and brag about your relationship to God;
18 Yes, you know what he wants; you know right from wrong because you have been taught his law. 18 if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law;
19 You are convinced that you are a guide for the blind and a beacon light for people who are lost in darkness without God. 19 if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark,
20 You think you can instruct the ignorant and teach children the ways of God. For you are certain that in God's law you have complete 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 Well then, if you teach others, why don't you teach yourself? You tell others not to steal, but do you steal? 21 you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself ? You who preach against stealing, do you steal?
22 You say it is wrong to commit adultery, but do you do it? You condemn idolatry, but do you steal from pagan 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 are so proud of knowing the law, but you dishonor God by breaking it. 23 You who brag about the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?
24 No wonder the Scriptures say, "The world blasphemes the name of God because of you." 24 As it is written: "God's name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you."
25 The Jewish ceremony of circumcision is worth something only if you obey God's law. But if you don't obey God's law, you are no better off than an uncircumcised Gentile. 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 And if the Gentiles obey God's law, won't God give them all the rights and honors of being his own people? 26 If those who are not circumcised keep the law's requirements, will they not be regarded as though they were circumcised?
27 In fact, uncircumcised Gentiles who keep God's law will be much better off than you Jews who are circumcised and know so much about God's law but don't obey it. 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 For you are not a true Jew just because you were born of Jewish parents or because you have gone through the Jewish ceremony of circumcision. 28 A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical.
29 No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not a cutting of the body but a change of heart produced by God's Spirit. Whoever has that kind of change seeks praise 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.