Romans 3

3 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what is the profit of circumcision? 2 Much every way: first of all, that they were intrusted with the oracles of God. 3 For what if some were without faith? shall their want of faith make of none effect the faithfulness of God? 4 [a]God forbid: yea, let God be found true, but every man a liar; as it is written,

[b]That thou mightest be justified in thy words,
And mightest prevail when thou comest into judgment.

5 But if our unrighteousness commendeth the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who visiteth with wrath? (I speak after the manner of men.) 6 [c]God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world? 7 [d]But if the truth of God through my lie abounded unto his glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner? 8 and why not (as we are slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say), Let us do evil, that good may come? whose condemnation is just.

9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we before laid to the charge both of Jews and Greeks, that they are all under sin; 10 as it is written,

[e]There is none righteous, no, not one;
11 There is none that understandeth,
There is none that seeketh after God;
12 They have all turned aside, they are together become unprofitable;
There is none that doeth good, no, not so much as one:
13 [f]Their throat is an open sepulchre;
With their tongues they have used deceit:
[g]The poison of asps is under their lips:
14 [h]Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
15 [i]Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways;
17 And the way of peace have they not known:
18 [j]There is no fear of God before their eyes.

19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it speaketh to them that are under the law; that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may be brought under the judgment of God: 20 because [k]by [l]the works of the law shall no flesh be [m]justified in his sight; for [n]through the law cometh the knowledge of sin.

21 But now apart from the law a righteousness of God hath been manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 even the righteousness of God through faith [o]in Jesus Christ unto all [p]them that believe; for there is no distinction; 23 for all [q]have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God; 24 being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 whom God set forth [r]to be a propitiation, through faith, in his blood, to show his righteousness because of the passing over of the sins done aforetime, in the forbearance of God; 26 for the showing, I say, of his righteousness at this present season: that he might himself be [s]just, and the [t]justifier of him that [u]hath faith [v]in Jesus. 27 Where then is the glorying? It is excluded. By what manner of law? of works? Nay: but by a law of faith. 28 [w]We reckon therefore that a man is justified by faith apart from [x]the works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yea, of Gentiles also: 30 if so be that God is one, and he shall justify the circumcision [y]by faith, and the uncircumcision [z]through faith.

31 Do we then make [aa]the law of none effect [ab]through faith? God forbid: nay, we establish [ac]the law.

Footnotes

  1. Romans 3:4 Greek Be it not so: and so elsewhere.
  2. Romans 3:4 Ps. 51:4.
  3. Romans 3:6 Greek Be it not so: and so elsewhere.
  4. Romans 3:7 Many ancient authorities read For.
  5. Romans 3:10 Ps. 14:1ff; 53:1ff.
  6. Romans 3:13 Ps. 5:9.
  7. Romans 3:13 Ps. 140:3.
  8. Romans 3:14 Ps. 10:7.
  9. Romans 3:15 Isa. 59:7f.
  10. Romans 3:18 Ps. 36:1.
  11. Romans 3:20 Greek out of.
  12. Romans 3:20 Or, works of law
  13. Romans 3:20 Or, accounted righteous
  14. Romans 3:20 Or, through law
  15. Romans 3:22 Or, of
  16. Romans 3:22 Some ancient authorities add and upon all.
  17. Romans 3:23 Greek sinned.
  18. Romans 3:25 Or, to be propitiatory
  19. Romans 3:26 See 2:13 margin.
  20. Romans 3:26 See 2:13 margin.
  21. Romans 3:26 Greek is of faith.
  22. Romans 3:26 Or, of
  23. Romans 3:28 Many ancient authorities read For we reckon.
  24. Romans 3:28 Or, works of law
  25. Romans 3:30 Greek out of. Gal. 3:8.
  26. Romans 3:30 Or, through the faith. Gal. 2:16
  27. Romans 3:31 Or, law
  28. Romans 3:31 Or, through the faith. Gal. 2:16
  29. Romans 3:31 Or, law

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