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Romans 2:8-18 (New International Version)

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8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil,1 there will be wrath and anger.2 9 There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil:3 first for the Jew, then for the Gentile;4 10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.5 11 For God does not show favoritism.6 12 All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law7 will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God's sight, but it is those who obey8 the law who will be declared righteous. 14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law,9 they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, 15 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.) 16 This will take place on the day when God will judge men's secrets10 through Jesus Christ,11 as my gospel12 declares.

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;13 18 if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law;
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