What then? Are we Jews more highly estimated than they? Not in the least; for we have already charged all Jews and Gentiles alike with being in thraldom to sin.
Thus it stands written, "There is not one righteous man.
There is not one who is really wise, nor one who is a diligent seeker after God.
All have turned aside from the right path; they have every one of them become corrupt. There is no one who does what is right--no, not so much as one."
"Their throats resemble an opened grave; with their tongues they have been talking deceitfully." "The venom of vipers lies hidden behind their lips."
"Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness."
"Their feet move swiftly to shed blood.
Ruin and misery mark their path;
and the way to peace they have not known."
"There is no fear of God before their eyes."
But it cannot be denied that all that the Law says is addressed to those who are living under the Law, in order that every mouth may be stopped, and that the whole world may await sentence from God.
For on the ground of obedience to Law no man living will be declared righteous before Him. Law simply brings a sure knowledge of sin.