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1 Is there any advantage, then, in being a Jew? Or is there any value in being circumcised? 1 What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision?
2 There are all kinds of advantages. First of all, God entrusted them with his word. 2 Much in every way! First of all, they have been entrusted with the very words of God.
3 What if some of them were unfaithful? Can their unfaithfulness cancel God's faithfulness? 3 What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God's faithfulness?
4 That would be unthinkable! God is honest, and everyone else is a liar, as Scripture says, "So you hand down justice when you speak, and you win your case in court." 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 what we do wrong shows that God is fair, what should we say? Is God unfair when he vents his anger on us? (I'm arguing the way humans would.) 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 That's unthinkable! Otherwise, how would God be able to judge the world? 6 Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world?
7 If my lie increases the glory that God receives by showing that God is truthful, why am I still judged 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 Or can we say, "Let's do evil so that good will come from it"? Some slander us and claim that this is what we say. They are condemned, and that's what they deserve. 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, is the situation? Do we have any advantage? Not at all. We have already accused everyone (both Jews and Greeks) of being under the power of 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 Scripture says, "Not one person has God's approval. 10 As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 No one understands. No one searches for God. 11 there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.
12 Everyone has turned away. Together they have become rotten to the core. No one does anything good, not even one person. 12 All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one."
13 Their throats are open graves. Their tongues practice deception. Their lips hide the venom of poisonous snakes. 13 "Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit." "The poison of vipers is on their lips."
14 Their mouths are full of curses and bitter resentment. 14 "Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness."
15 They run quickly to murder people. 15 "Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 There is ruin and suffering wherever they go. 16 ruin and misery mark their ways,
17 They have not learned to live in peace. 17 and the way of peace they do not know."
18 They are not terrified of God." 18 "There is no fear of God before their eyes."
19 We know that whatever is in Moses' Teachings applies to everyone under their influence, and no one can say a thing. The whole world is brought under the judgment of 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 Not one person can have God's approval by following Moses' Teachings. Moses' Teachings show what sin is. 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 Now, the way to receive God's approval has been made plain in a way other than Moses' Teachings. Moses' Teachings and the Prophets tell us this. 21 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
22 Everyone who believes has God's approval through faith in Jesus Christ. There is no difference between people. 22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference,
23 Because all people have sinned, they have fallen short of God's glory. 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 They receive God's approval freely by an act of his kindness through the price Christ Jesus paid to set us free [from sin]. 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
25 God showed that Christ is the throne of mercy where God's approval is given through faith in Christ's blood. In his patience God waited to deal with sins committed in the past. 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 He waited so that he could display his approval at the present time. This shows that he is a God of justice, a God who approves of people who believe 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 So, do we have anything to brag about? Bragging has been eliminated. On what basis was it eliminated? On the basis of our own efforts? No, indeed! Rather, it is eliminated on the basis 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 We conclude that a person has God's approval by faith, not by his own efforts. 28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.
29 Is God only the God of the Jews? Isn't he also the God of people who are not Jewish? Certainly, he is, 29 Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too,
30 since it is the same God who approves circumcised people by faith and uncircumcised people through this same faith. 30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.
31 Are we abolishing Moses' Teachings by this faith? That's unthinkable! Rather, we are supporting Moses' Teachings. 31 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.