Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man,1 and death through sin,2 and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned3--
To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone's account where there is no law.414
Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam,5 who is a pattern of the one to come.615
But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man,7 how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ,8 overflow to the many!
Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man's sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification.
For if, by the trespass of the one man, death9 reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life10 through the one man, Jesus Christ!
Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people,11 so also one righteous act resulted in justification12 and life13 for all.
For just as through the disobedience of the one man14 the many were made sinners,15 so also through the obedience16 of the one man the many will be made righteous.
The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase.17 But where sin increased, grace increased all the more,1821
so that, just as sin reigned in death,19 so also grace20 might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life21 through Jesus Christ our Lord.