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1 How then is the Jew better off? or what profit is there in circumcision? 1 What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision?
2 Much in every way: first of all because the words of God were given to them. 2 Much in every way! First of all, they have been entrusted with the very words of God.
3 And if some have no faith, will that make the faith of God without effect? 3 What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God's faithfulness?
4 In no way: but let God be true, though every man is seen to be untrue; as it is said in the Writings, That your words may be seen to be true, and you may be seen to be right 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 the righteousness of God is supported by our wrongdoing what is to be said? is it wrong for God to be angry (as men may say)? 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 In no way: because if it is so, how is God able to be the judge of all the world? 6 Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world?
7 But if, because I am untrue, God being seen to be true gets more glory, why am I to be 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 Let us not do evil so that good may come (a statement which we are falsely said by some to have made), because such behaviour will have its right punishment. 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 worse off than they? In no way: because we have before made it clear that Jews as well as Greeks are all 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 said in the holy Writings, There is not one who does righteousness; 10 As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 Not one who has the knowledge of what is right, not one who is a searcher after God; 11 there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.
12 They have all gone out of the way, there is no profit in any of them; there is not one who does good, not so much as 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 like an open place of death; with their tongues they have said what is not true: the poison of snakes is under their lips: 13 "Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit." "The poison of vipers is on their lips."
14 Whose mouth is full of curses and bitter words: 14 "Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness."
15 Their feet are quick in running after blood; 15 "Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 Destruction and trouble are in their ways; 16 ruin and misery mark their ways,
17 And of the way of peace they have no knowledge: 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 have knowledge that what the law says is for those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and all men may be judged by 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 Because by the works of the law no man is able to have righteousness in his eyes, 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 without the law there is a revelation of the righteousness of God, to which witness is given 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 That is, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ, to all those who have faith; and one man is not different from another, 22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference,
23 For all have done wrong and are far from the glory of God; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 And they may have righteousness put to their credit, freely, by his grace, through the salvation which is in Christ Jesus: 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
25 Whom God has put forward as the sign of his mercy, through faith, by his blood, to make clear his righteousness when, in his pity, God let the sins of earlier times go without punishment; 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 And to make clear his righteousness now, so that he might himself be upright, and give righteousness to him 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 What reason, then, is there for pride? It is shut out. By what sort of law? of works? No, but by a 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 this reason, then, a man may get righteousness by faith without the 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 in the same way the God of Gentiles? Yes, of Gentiles: 29 Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too,
30 If God is one; and he will give righteousness because of faith to those who have circumcision, and through faith to those who have not circumcision. 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, through faith make the law of no effect? in no way: but we make it clear that the law is important. 31 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.