1 What special privilege, then, has a Jew? Or, what benefit does circumcision confer? 2 They are great from every point of view. In the first place, the Jews are entrusted with the utterances of God. 3 What then, if some of them have proved unfaithful? Can their unfaithfulness make null and void God's faithfulness? 4 Not at all. Let God prove true, though every man be false! As the Scripture says, "That you may prove yourself upright in words you speak, and win your case when you go into court."
5 But if our wrongdoing brings to light the uprightness of God, what shall we infer? Is it wrong (I am using everyday human terms) for God to inflict punishment? 6 Not at all! If that were so, how could He judge the world? 7 But, as you say, if the truthfulness of God has redounded to His glory because of my falsehood, why am I still condemned as a sinner? 8 Why should we not say, as people abusively say of us, and charge us with actually saying, "Let us do evil that good may come from it"? Their condemnation is just.
9 What is our conclusion then? Is it that we Jews are better than they? Not at all! For we have already charged that Jews and Greeks alike are all under the sway of sin, 10 as the Scriptures say: "Not a single human creature is upright, 11 No one understands, no one is searching for God; 12 They all have turned aside, all have become corrupt; No one does good, not even one! 13 Their throats are just like open graves, with their tongues they have spoken treachery; the poison of asps is under their lips. 14 Their mouths are full of bitter cursing. 15 Their feet are swift for shedding blood, 16 Ruin and wretchedness are on their paths, 17 They do not know the way of peace. 18 There is no reverence for God before their eyes."
19 Now we know that everything the law says is spoken to those who are under its authority, that every mouth may be stopped and the whole world be held responsible to God. 20 Because no human creature can be brought into right standing with God by observing the law. For all the law can do is to make men conscious of sin.
21 But now God's way of giving men right standing with Himself has come to light; a way without connection with the law, and yet a way to which the law and the prophets testify. 22 God's own way of giving men right standing with Himself is through faith in Jesus Christ. It is for everybody who has faith, for no distinction at all is made. 23 For everybody has sinned and everybody continues to come short of God's glory, 24 but anybody may have right standing with God as a free gift of His undeserved favor, through the ransom provided in Christ Jesus. 25 For God once publicly offered Him in His death as a sacrifice of reconciliation through faith, to demonstrate His own justice (for in His forbearance God had passed over men's former sins); 26 yes, to demonstrate His justice at the present time, to prove that He is right Himself, and that He considers right with Himself the man who has faith in Jesus.
27 So where has human boasting gone? It was completely shut out. On what principle? On that of doing something? No, but on the principle of faith. 28 For we hold that a man is brought into right standing with God by faith, that observance of the law has no connection with it. 29 Or is He the God of Jews alone? Is He not the God of heathen peoples too? Of course, He is the God of heathen peoples too, 30 since there is but one God, who will consider the Jews in right standing with Himself, only on condition of their faith, and the heathen peoples on the same condition. 31 Do we then through faith make null and void the law? Not at all; instead, we confirm it.