Romans 3




1 What, then, is the advantage of the Jew? Or what is the profit of circumcision?
2 Much every way: first, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God.
3 For what, if some did disbelieve? Shall their disbelief make void the faithfulness of God?
4 May it not be! But let God be true, and every man a liar; as it has been written, "That Thou mayest be justified in Thy words; and mayest overcome, when Thou judgest."
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 a man).
6 It could not be! for, then, how shall God judge the world?
7 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? Not at all; for we before charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin;
10 as it has been written, "There is none righteous, no not one;
11 there is none that understands; there is none that seeks after God;
12 they have all turned aside, they together became unprofitable; there is none that does good, there is not so much as one;
13 their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they used deceit; 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 ways;
17 and the ways of peace have they not known;
18 there is no fear of God before their eyes."
19 Now we know that whatsoever the law says, it speaks to those under the law; that every mouth may be stopped, and that the whole world may be under the sentence of God;
20 because, by the works of the law, no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the law is the knowledge of sin.
21 But now, apart from the law, a righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22 even a righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ, to all who believe; for there is no distinction;
23 for all sinned, and are coming short of the glory of God;
24 being justified freely by His grace, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;
25 Whom God set forth as a propitiation, through faith in His blood, for the manifestation of His righteousness, because of the passing over of the formerly-committed sins in the forbearance of God:
26 for the manifestation of His righteousness in the present time, to the end that He may be righteous, even when declaring righteous him who has faith in Jesus.
27 Where, then, is the boasting? It was excluded. By what manner of law? Of works? Nay; but by a law of faith.
28 For we reckon that a man is justified by faith, apart from works of law.
29 Or is He the God of Jews only? Is He not of gentiles also! Yes, of gentiles also;
30 if, indeed, God is One Who will justify the circumcision by faith, and the uncircumcision through faith.
31 Do we, then, make void the law through faith? It could not be! Yea, we establish the law.