1 Therefore, you have no excuse, whoever you are, who pose as a judge of others, for when you pass judgment on another, you condemn yourself, for you who pose as a judge are practicing the very same sins yourself. 2 Now we know that God's judgment justly falls on those who practice such sins as these. 3 And you, who pose as a judge of those who practice such sins and yet continue doing the same yourself, do you for once suppose that you are going to escape the judgment of God? 4 Do you think so little of the riches of God's kindness, forbearance, and patience, not conscious that His kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? 5 But in your stubbornness and impenitence of heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath, when the justice of God's judgments will be uncovered. 6 For when He finally judges, He will pay everyone with exactness for what he has done, 7 eternal life to those who patiently continue doing good and striving for glory, honor, and immortality, 8 but wrath and fury, crushing suffering and awful anguish, to the self-willed who are always resisting the right and yielding to the wrong, 9 to every human soul who practices doing evil, the Jew first and then the Greek. 10 But glory, honor, and peace will come to everyone who practices doing good, the Jew first and then the Greek; 11 for there is no partiality in God's dealings.
12 All who sin without having the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For merely hearing the law read does not make men upright with God, but men who practice the law will be recognized as upright. 14 Indeed, when heathen people who have no law instinctively do what the law demands, although they have no law, they are a law to themselves, 15 for they show that the deeds the law demands are written on their hearts, because their consciences will testify for them, and their inner thoughts will either accuse or defend them, 16 on the day when God through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the good news I preach, will judge the secrets people have kept.
17 Now if you call yourself a Jew, and rely on law, and boast about God, 18 and understand His will, and by being instructed in the law can know the things that excel, 19 and if you are sure that you are a guide to the blind, a light to those in darkness, 20 a tutor of the foolish, a teacher of the young, since you have a knowledge of the truth as formulated in the law -- 21 you who teach others, do you not teach yourself too? You who preach that men should not steal, do you steal yourself? 22 You who warn men to stop committing adultery, do you practice it yourself? You who shrink in horror from idols, do you rob their temples? 23 You who boast about the law, do you by breaking it dishonor God? 24 For, as the Scripture says, the name of God is abused among the heathen because of you.
25 Now circumcision benefits you only if you practice the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision is no better than uncircumcision. 26 So if the uncircumcised heathen man observes the just demands of the law, will he not be counted as though he were a Jew? 27 And shall not the heathen man who is physically uncircumcised, and yet observes the law, condemn you who have the letter of the law and are physically circumcised, and yet break the law? 28 For the real Jew is not the man who is a Jew on the outside, and real circumcision is not outward physical circumcision. 29 The real Jew is the man who is a Jew on the inside, and real circumcision is heart-circumcision, a spiritual, not a literal, affair. This man's praise originates, not with men, but with God.