Romans 2:17-29 NIV

The Jews and the Law

17 Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and brag about your relationship to God;1

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18 if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law;
19 if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark,
20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth--
21 you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself ? You who preach against stealing, do you steal?2

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22 You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?3

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23 You who brag about the law,4 do you dishonor God by breaking the law?

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    • 29 2:23 - S ver 17
      24 As it is written: "God's name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you."a5

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        • b 2:24 - Isaiah 52:5; Ezek. 36:22
          25 Circumcision has value if you observe the law,6 but if you break the law, you have become as though you had not been circumcised.7

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              26 If those who are not circumcised keep the law's requirements,8 will they not be regarded as though they were circumcised?9

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              27 The one who is not circumcised physically and yet obeys the law will condemn you10 who, even though you have theb written code and circumcision, are a lawbreaker.

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                • c 2:27 - Or "who, by means of a"
                  28 A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly,11 nor is circumcision merely outward and physical.12

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                  29 No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart,13 by the Spirit,14 not by the written code.15 Such a man's praise is not from men, but from God.16

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