21you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal?22You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?23You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?24As it is written: “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”25Circumcision has value if you observe the law, but if you break the law, you have become as though you had not been circumcised.26So then, if those who are not circumcised keep the law’s requirements, will they not be regarded as though they were circumcised?27The one who is not circumcised physically and yet obeys the law will condemn you who, even though you have the written code and circumcision, are a lawbreaker.28A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical.29No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God.
1What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision?2Much in every way! First of all, the Jews have been entrusted with the very words of God.3What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness?4Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.”5But if our unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.)6Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world?7Someone might argue, “If my falsehood enhances God’s truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?”8Why not say—as some slanderously claim that we say—“Let us do evil that good may result”? Their condemnation is just!9What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin.