Romans 3 New American Standard Bible

3 Then what advantage has the Jew ? Or what is the benefit of circumcision ? 2  Great in every respect . First of all , that they were entrusted with the oracles of God . 3  What then ? If some did not believe , their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God , will it? 4  May it never be! Rather , let God be found true , though every man be found a liar , as it is written , " THAT YOU MAY BE JUSTIFIED IN YOUR WORDS , AND PREVAIL WHEN YOU ARE JUDGED ." 5  But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God , what shall we say ? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous , is He? ( I am speaking in human terms .) 6  May it never be! For otherwise , how will God judge the world ? 7  But if through my lie the truth of God abounded to His glory , why am I also still being judged as a sinner ? 8  And why not say (as we are slanderously reported and as some claim that we say ), " Let us do evil that good may come "? Their condemnation is just .

There Is None Righteous

9  What then ? Are we better than they? Not at all ; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin ; 10  as it is written , " THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS , NOT EVEN ONE ; 11  THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS , THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD ; 12  ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE , TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS ; THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD , THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE ." 13  " THEIR THROAT IS AN OPEN GRAVE , WITH THEIR TONGUES THEY KEEP DECEIVING ," " THE POISON OF ASPS IS UNDER THEIR LIPS "; 14  " WHOSE MOUTH IS FULL OF CURSING AND BITTERNESS "; 15  " THEIR FEET ARE SWIFT TO SHED BLOOD , 16  DESTRUCTION AND MISERY ARE IN THEIR PATHS , 17  AND THE PATH OF PEACE THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN ." 18  " THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES ."

19  Now we know that whatever the Law says , it speaks to those who are under the Law , so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God ; 20  because by the works of the Law no e flesh will be justified in His sight ; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin .

Righteousness through Faith

21  But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested , being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets , 22  even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe ; for there is no distinction ; 23  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God , 24  being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus ; 25  whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith . This was to demonstrate His righteousness , because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed ; 26  for the demonstration , I say, of His righteousness at the present time , so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus . 27  Where then is boasting ? It is excluded . By what kind of law ? Of works ? No , but by a law of faith . 28  For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law . 29  Or is God the God of Jews only ? Is He not the God of Gentiles also ? Yes , of Gentiles also , 30  since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith is one . 31  Do we then nullify the Law through faith ? May it never be! On the contrary , we establish the Law .

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