1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.
1 Therefore, you have no excuse every one of you who judges. For when you pass judgment on another person, you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, practice the very same things.
1 Therefore you have no excuse or justification, everyone of you who [hypocritically] (a)judges and condemns others; for in passing judgment on another person, you condemn yourself, because you who judge [from a position of arrogance or self-righteousness] are habitually practicing the very same things [which you denounce].
2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.
2 We know that God’s judgment on those who do such things is based on the truth.
2 Now we know that God's judgment against those who act like this is based on truth.
2 And we know that the judgment of God falls justly and in accordance with truth on those who practice such things.
3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?
3 Do you really think—anyone of you who judges those who do such things yet do the same—that you will escape God’s judgment?
3 So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on those who practice these things and then do them yourself, do you think you will escape God's judgment?
3 But do you think this, O man, when you judge and condemn those who practice such things, and yet do the same yourself, that you will escape God’s judgment and elude His verdict?
4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
4 Or are you unaware of his rich kindness, forbearance, and patience, that it is God's kindness that is leading you to repent?
4 Or do you have no regard for the wealth of His kindness and tolerance and patience [in withholding His wrath]? Are you [actually] unaware or ignorant [of the fact] that God’s kindness leads you to repentance [that is, to change your inner self, your old way of thinking—seek His purpose for your life]?
5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
5 But because of your stubborn and unrepentant heart you are reserving wrath for yourself on the day of wrath, when God's righteous judgment will be revealed.
5 But because of your callous stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are [deliberately] storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.
6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
6 For he will repay everyone according to what that person has done:
7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
7 eternal life to those who strive for glory, honor, and immortality by patiently doing good;
7 to those who by persistence in doing good seek [unseen but certain heavenly] glory, honor, and immortality, [He will give the gift of] eternal life.
8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
8 but wrath and fury for those who in their selfish pride refuse to believe the truth and practice wickedness instead.
8 But for those who are selfishly ambitious and self-seeking and disobedient to the truth but responsive to wickedness, [there will be] wrath and indignation.
9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
9 There will be suffering and anguish for every human being who practices doing evil, for Jews first and for Greeks as well.
9 There will be tribulation and anguish [torturing confinement] for every human soul who does [or permits] evil, to the Jew first and also to the Greek,
10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
10 but glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does what is good, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.
10 But there will be glory, honor, and peace for everyone who practices doing good, initially for Jews but also for Greeks as well,
10 but glory and honor and inner peace [will be given] to everyone who habitually does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;
12 For all who have sinned apart from the Law will also perish apart from the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law.
12 For all who have sinned without the Law will also perish without [regard to] the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged and condemned by the Law.
13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
13 For it is not merely those who hear the Law who are righteous in God's sight. No, it is those who follow the Law, who will be justified.
14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
14 For whenever gentiles, who do not possess the Law, do instinctively what the Law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the Law.
15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
15 They show that what the Law requires is written in their hearts, a fact to which their own consciences testify, and their thoughts will either accuse or excuse them
16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
16 on that day when God, through Jesus the Messiah, will judge people's secrets according to my gospel.
17 Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,
17 Now if you call yourself a Jew, and rely on the Law, and boast about God,
17 But if you bear the name “Jew” and rely on the Law [for your salvation] and boast in [your special relationship to] God,
18 And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;
18 and know his will, and approve of what is best because you have been instructed in the Law;
19 and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness,
19 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,
19 and if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light to those in darkness,
19 and if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light to those in darkness,
19 and [if you] are confident that you are a [qualified] guide to the blind [those untaught in theology], a light to those who are in darkness,
20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.
20 an instructor of ignorant people, and a teacher of infants because you have the full content of knowledge and truth in the Law
21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?
21 as you teach others, do you fail to teach yourself? As you preach against stealing, do you steal?
21 well then, you who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal [in ways that are discrete, but just as sinful]?
22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?
22 As you forbid adultery, do you commit adultery? As you abhor idols, do you rob temples?
23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?
23 As you boast about the Law, do you dishonor God by breaking the Law?
24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.
24 As it is written, "God's name is being blasphemed among the gentiles because of you."
25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.
25 For circumcision is valuable if you observe the Law, but if you break the Law, your having been circumcised has no more value than if you were uncircumcised.
25 Circumcision [the sign of the covenant of Abraham] is indeed of value if you practice the Law; but if you habitually break the Law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision [it is meaningless in God’s sight].
26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?
26 So if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the requirements of the Law, his uncircumcision will be regarded as circumcision, won't it?
26 So if the uncircumcised man keeps the requirements of the Law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded [by God] as circumcision?
27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?
27 The man who is uncircumcised physically but who keeps the Law will condemn you who break the Law, even though you have the written Law and circumcision.
28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
28 For a person is not a Jew because of his appearance, nor is circumcision something just external and physical.
28 For he is not a [real] Jew who is only one outwardly, nor is [true] circumcision something external and physical.
29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
29 No, a person is a Jew inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, brought about by the Spirit, not by a written law. That person's praise will come from God, not from people.
29 But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and [true] circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by [the fulfillment of] the letter [of the Law]. His praise is not from men, but from God.
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