Romans, Chapter 3

3:1 What advantage then has the Jew? Or what is the profit of circumcision?
3:2 Much in every way: first of all, because they were entrusted with the oracles of God.
3:3 What then? If some were without faith, will their want of faith make of no effect the faithfulness of God?
3:4 God forbid: yes, let God be found true, but every man a liar; according to as it is written, That you might be justified in your words, And might prevail when you come into judgment.
3:5 But if our unrighteousness commends the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who visits with wrath? (I speak after the manner of men.)
3:6 God forbid: for then how will God judge the world?
3:7 But if the truth of God through my lie abounded to his glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner?
3:8 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.
3:9 What then? Are we better than they? No, in no way: for we before laid to the charge both of Jews and Greeks, that they are all under sin;
3:10 as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one;
3:11 There is none who understands, There is none who seeks after God;
3:12 They have all turned aside, they have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not so much as one:
3:13 Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have used deceit: The poison of asps is under their lips:
3:14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
3:15 Their feet are swift to shed blood;
3:16 Destruction and misery are in their ways;
3:17 And the way of peace they have not known:
3:18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
3:19 Now we know that whatever things the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law; that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may be brought under the judgment of God:
3:20 because by the works of the law will no flesh be justified in his sight; for through the law [comes] the knowledge of sin.
3:21 But now apart from the law a righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
3:22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ to all those who believe; for there is no distinction;
3:23 for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God;
3:24 being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
3:25 whom God set forth [to be] a propitiation, through faith, in his blood, to show his righteousness because of the passing over of the sins done previously, in the forbearance of God;
3:26 for the showing, [I say], of his righteousness at this present season: that he might himself be just, and the justifier of him who has faith in Jesus.
3:27 Where then is the glorying? It is excluded. By what manner of law? Of works? No: but by a law of faith.
3:28 For we reckon that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.
3:29 Or is God [the God] of Jews only? Is he not [the God] of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also:
3:30 since there is [only] one God, he will justify the circumcision by faith, and the uncircumcision through faith.
3:31 Do we then make the law of no effect through faith? God forbid: no, we establish the law.

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