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1 Is there any advantage in being a Jew? 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 is great value in every way! First of all, the Jews have been given the very words of God. 2 Much in every way! First of all, they have been entrusted with the very words of God.
3 What if some Jews did not believe? Will the fact that they don't have faith keep God from being faithful? 3 What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God's faithfulness?
4 Not at all! God is true, even though every human being is a liar. It is written, "You are right when you sentence me. You are fair when you judge me." #1(Psalm 51:4)#2 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 Doesn't the fact that we are wrong prove more clearly that God is right? Then what can we say? Can we say that God is not fair when he brings his anger down on us? As you can tell, I am just using human ways of thinking. 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 God is certainly fair! If he weren't, how could he judge the world? 6 Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world?
7 Someone might argue, "When I lie, it becomes clearer that God is truthful. It makes his glory shine more brightly. Why then does he find me guilty of sin?" 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 Why not say, "Let's do evil things so that good things will happen"? Some people actually lie by reporting that this is what we say. They are the ones who should be found guilty. 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 should we say then? Are we Jews any better? Not at all! We have already claimed that Jews are sinners. The same is true of those who aren't Jews. 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 It is written, "No one is right with God, no one at all. 10 As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 No one understands. No one trusts in God. 11 there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.
12 All of them have turned away. They have all become worthless. No one does anything good, no one at all." #1(Psalms 14:1-3; 53:1-3; Ecclesiastes 7:20)#2 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. With their tongues they tell lies." #1(Psalm 5:9)#2 "The words from their lips are like the poison of a snake." #1(Psalm 140:3)#2 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 bitterness." #1(Psalm 10:7)#2 14 "Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness."
15 "They run quickly to commit murder. 15 "Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 They leave a trail of failure and pain. 16 ruin and misery mark their ways,
17 They do not know the way of peace." #1(Isaiah 59:7,8)#2 17 and the way of peace they do not know."
18 "They don't have any respect for God." #1(Psalm 36:1)#2 18 "There is no fear of God before their eyes."
19 What the law says, it says to those who are ruled by the law. Its purpose is to shut every mouth and make the whole world 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 So it can't be said that anyone will be made right with God by obeying the law. Not at all! The law makes us more aware of 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 now God has shown us how to become right with him. The Law and the Prophets give witness to this. It has nothing to do with obeying the law. 21 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
22 We are made right with God by putting our faith in Jesus Christ. That happens to all who believe. It is no different for the Jews than for anyone else. 22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference,
23 Everyone has sinned. No one measures up to God's glory. 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 The free gift of God's grace makes all of us right with him. Christ Jesus paid the price to set us free. 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
25 God gave him as a sacrifice to pay for sins. So he forgives the sins of those who have faith in his blood. God did all of that to prove that he is fair. Because of his mercy he did not punish people for the sins they had committed before Jesus died for them. 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 God did that to prove in our own time that he is fair. He proved that he is right. He also made right with himself those 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 who can brag? No one! Are people saved by obeying the law? Not at all! They are saved because of their 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 firmly believe that people are made right with God because of their faith. They are not saved by obeying the law. 28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.
29 Is God the God of Jews only? Isn't he also the God of those who aren't Jews? Yes, he is their God too. 29 Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too,
30 There is only one God. When those who are circumcised believe in him, he makes them right with himself. When those who are not circumcised believe in him, he also makes them right with himself. 30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.
31 Does faith make the law useless? Not at all! We agree with the law. 31 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.