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1 Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? 1 What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision?
2 Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. 2 Much in every way! First of all, they have been entrusted with the very words of God.
3 What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? 3 What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God's faithfulness?
4 By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written, "That you may be justified in your words, and prevail when you are judged." 4 Not at all! Let God be true, and every man a liar. As it is written: "So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge."
5 But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.) 5 But if our unrighteousness brings out God's righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.)
6 By no means! For then how could God judge the world? 6 Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world?
7 But if through my lie God's truth abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner? 7 Someone might argue, "If my falsehood enhances God's truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?"
8 And why not do evil that good may come?--as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just. 8 Why not say--as we are being slanderously reported as saying and as some claim that we say--"Let us do evil that good may result"? Their condemnation is deserved.
9 What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 9 What shall we conclude then? Are we any better ? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin.
10 as it is written: "None is righteous, no, not one; 10 As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 no one understands; no one seeks for God. 11 there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one." 12 All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one."
13 "Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive." "The venom of asps is under their lips." 13 "Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit." "The poison of vipers is on their lips."
14 "Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness." 14 "Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness."
15 "Their feet are swift to shed blood; 15 "Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 in their paths are ruin and misery, 16 ruin and misery mark their ways,
17 and the way of peace they have not known." 17 and the way of peace they do not know."
18 "There is no fear of God before their eyes." 18 "There is no fear of God before their eyes."
19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.
20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.
21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it-- 21 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference,
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 25 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished--
26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. 26 he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith.
28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. 28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.
29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 29 Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too,
30 since God is one--who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.
31 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law. 31 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.