Romans 3




1 What then is the preeminence of the Jew? or what the profit of circumcision?
2 Much in every way. For first, indeed, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God.
3 For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief destroy the faith of God?
4 By no means; but let God be true, and every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mayest be justified in thy sayings and overcome when thou art judged.
5 But if our unrighteousness commends the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who inflicts wrath? I speak as a man;??6 by no means;??ince [if he was] how shall God judge the world?
6 For if the truth of God abounded by my falsehood to his glory, why am I also yet judged as a sinner?
7 And as we are falsely accused and as some declare that we say, [do we say] Let us do evil that good may come? Whose judgment is just.
8 What defense then have we? None at all; for we before asserted that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin,
9 as it is written, There is none righteous not one,
10 there is none that understands, there is none that seeks God;
11 all have turned aside, they have together become unprofitable; there is no one that does good, there is not even one;
12 their throat is an opened tomb, with their tongues they practise deceit, the poison of asps is under their lips.
13 Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.
14 Their feet are swift to shed blood,
15 destruction and misery are in their ways,
16 and the way of peace they have not known.
17 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
18 But we know that whatever the law says, it says to those having the law, that every mouth may be stopped and all the world become guilty before God.
19 Wherefore by the works of the law there shall no flesh be justified is his sight, for by the law there is an acknowledgment of sin.
20 BUT now God's righteousness has been made manifest without the law, being testified to by the law and the prophets,
21 but God's righteousness is through the faith of Jesus Christ, in all and upon all that believe. For there is no difference;
22 for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,
23 being justified freely by his grace through the redemption in Christ Jesus,
24 whom God set forth [to be] a propitiator through faith in his blood, to show his righteousness because of the passing by of the errors committed previously in the forbearance of God,
25 to show his righteousness at the present time, that he may be righteous and justify him that is of faith.
26 Where then is the boasting [of the Jew]? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No; but by the law of faith.
27 We conclude then that a man is justified by faith without the works of the law.
28 Is God [a God] of the Jews alone? and not also of the gentiles? Yes, also of the gentiles,
29 since there is one God who will justify the circumcision by faith and the uncircumcision through the [same] faith.
30 Do we then abrogate the law by the faith? By no means; but we establish the law.