but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law.
What then? What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened;
“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness,
Who seek the Lord:
Look to the rock from which you were hewn
And to the quarry from which you were dug.
because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.
For if those who are of the Law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise is nullified;
What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith;
For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge.
For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them.”
Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? May it never be! For if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would indeed have been based on law.
And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law.
as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless.
For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.