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1 So, do Jews have anything that other people do not have? Is there any- thing special about being circumcised? 1 What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision?
2 Yes, of course, there is in every way. The most important thing is this: God trusted the Jews with his teachings. 2 Much in every way! First of all, they have been entrusted with the very words of God.
3 If some Jews were not faithful to him, will that stop God from doing what he promised? 3 What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God's faithfulness?
4 No! God will continue to be true even when every person is false. As the Scriptures say: "So you will be shown to be right when you speak, and you will win your case." 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 When we do wrong, that shows more clearly that God is right. So can we say that God is wrong to punish us? (I am talking as people might talk.) 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 No! If God could not punish us, he could not judge the world. 6 Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world?
7 A person might say, "When I lie, it really gives him glory, because my lie shows God's truth. So why am I judged 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 It would be the same to say, "We should do evil so that good will come." Some people find fault with us and say we teach this, but they are wrong and deserve the punishment they will receive. 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 So are we Jews better than others? No! We have already said that Jews and those who are not Jews are all guilty 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 the Scriptures say: "There is no one who always does what is right, not even one. 10 As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 There is no one who understands. There is no one who looks to God for help. 11 there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away. Together, everyone has become useless. There is no one who does anything good; 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 like open graves; they use their tongues for telling lies." "Their words are like snake poison." 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 hate." 14 "Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness."
15 "They are always ready to kill people. 15 "Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 Everywhere they go they cause ruin and misery. 16 ruin and misery mark their ways,
17 They don't know how to live in peace." 17 and the way of peace they do not know."
18 "They have no fear of God." 18 "There is no fear of God before their eyes."
19 We know that the law's commands are for those who have the law. This stops all excuses and brings the whole world under God's judgment, 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 no one can be made right with God by following the law. The law only shows us our 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 God has a way to make people right with him without the law, and he has now shown us that way which the law and the prophets told us about. 21 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
22 God makes people right with himself through their faith in Jesus Christ. This is true for all who believe in Christ, because all people are the same: 22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference,
23 All have sinned and are not good enough for God's glory, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 and all need to be made right with God by his grace, which is a free gift. They need to be made free from sin through Jesus Christ. 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
25 God gave him as a way to forgive sin through faith in the blood of Jesus' death. This showed that God always does what is right and fair, as in the past when he was patient and did not punish people for their 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 And God gave Jesus to show today that he does what is right. God did this so he could judge rightly and so he could make right any person 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 So do we have a reason to brag about ourselves? No! And why not? It is the way of faith that stops all bragging, not the way of trying to obey the law. 27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith.
28 A person is made right with God through faith, not through obeying the law. 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? Is he not also the God of those who are not Jews? 29 Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too,
30 Of course he is, because there is only one God. He will make Jews right with him by their faith, and he will also make those who are not Jews right with him through their faith. 30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.
31 So do we destroy the law by following the way of faith? No! Faith causes us to be what the law truly wants. 31 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.