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Romans 3:19-28 (New International Version)

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19 Now we know that whatever the law says,1 it says to those who are under the law,2 so that every mouth may be silenced3 and the whole world held accountable to God.4 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law;5 rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.6

Righteousness Through Faith

21 But now a righteousness from God,7 apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.8 22 This righteousness from God9 comes through faith10 in Jesus Christ11 to all who believe.12 There is no difference,13 23 for all have sinned14 and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified15 freely by his grace16 through the redemption17 that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement,a18 through faith in his blood.19 He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished20-- 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 Where, then, is boasting?21 It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith. 28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.22
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