not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity,
because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.
so that no man may boast before God.
Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith.
For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.
for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls,
So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.
But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.
For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.