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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. For in the first place 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? Will 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! Although everyone is a liar, let God be proved true, as it is written, "So that you may be justified in your words, and prevail in your judging." 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 injustice serves to confirm the justice of God, what should we say? That God is unjust 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 falsehood God's truthfulness 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 say (as some people slander us by saying that we say), "Let us do evil so that good may come"? Their condemnation is deserved! 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 any better off? No, not at all; for we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are 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 it is written: "There is no one who is righteous, not even one; 10 As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 there is no one who has understanding, there is no one who seeks God. 11 there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned aside, together they have become worthless; there is no one who shows kindness, there is 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 throats are opened graves; they use their tongues to deceive." "The venom of vipers is under their lips." 13 "Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit." "The poison of vipers is on their lips."
14 "Their mouths are full of cursing 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 ruin and misery are in their paths, 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 silenced, 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 "no human being will be justified in his sight" by deeds prescribed by the law, for through the law comes the 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, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, 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 since 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 they are now 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 sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith. He did this to show his righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over the sins previously committed; 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 prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies 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 boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that 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 a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by 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; and he will justify the circumcised on the ground of faith and the uncircumcised through that same 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.