All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law1 will be judged by the law.
For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God's sight, but it is those who obey2 the law who will be declared righteous.
(Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law,3 they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law,
since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.)
This will take place on the day when God will judge men's secrets4 through Jesus Christ,5 as my gospel6 declares.
Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and brag about your relationship to God;718
if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law;
if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark,
an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth--
you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself ? You who preach against stealing, do you steal?822
You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?923
You who brag about the law,10 do you dishonor God by breaking the law?
As it is written: "God's name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you."a1125
Circumcision has value if you observe the law,12 but if you break the law, you have become as though you had not been circumcised.1326
If those who are not circumcised keep the law's requirements,14 will they not be regarded as though they were circumcised?1527
The one who is not circumcised physically and yet obeys the law will condemn you16 who, even though you have theb written code and circumcision, are a lawbreaker.
A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly,17 nor is circumcision merely outward and physical.1829
No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart,19 by the Spirit,20 not by the written code.21 Such a man's praise is not from men, but from God.22