What, then, is the superiority of the Jew? or what
the profit of the circumcision?
much in every way; for first, indeed, that they were
intrusted with the oracles of God;
for what, if certain were faithless? shall their
faithlessness the faithfulness of god make useless?
let it not be! and let God become true, and every man false,
according as it hath been written, 'That Thou mayest be declared righteous in
Thy words, and mayest overcome in Thy being judged.'
And, if our unrighteousness God's righteousness doth
establish, what shall we say? is God unrighteous who is inflicting the wrath?
(after the manner of a man I speak)
let it not be! since how shall God judge the world?
for if the truth of God in my falsehood did more abound to
His glory, why yet am I also as a sinner judged?
and not, as we are evil spoken of, and as certain affirm us
to say -- 'We may do the evil things, that the good ones may come?' whose
judgment is righteous.
What, then? are we better? not at all! for we did before
charge both Jews and Greeks with being all under sin,
according as it hath been written -- 'There is none
righteous, not even one;
There is none who is understanding, there is none who is
seeking after God.
All did go out of the way, together they became
unprofitable, there is none doing good, there is not even one.
A sepulchre opened is their throat; with their
tongues they used deceit; poison of asps is under their lips.
Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.
Swift are their feet to shed blood.
Ruin and misery are in their ways.
And a way of peace they did not know.
There is no fear of God before their eyes.'
And we have known that as many things as the law saith, to
those in the law it doth speak, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the
world may come under judgment to God;
wherefore by works of law shall no flesh be declared
righteous before Him, for through law is a knowledge of sin.
And now apart from law hath the righteousness of God been
manifested, testified to by the law and the prophets,
and the righteousness of God is through the faith of
Jesus Christ to all, and upon all those believing, -- for there is no
for all did sin, and are come short of the glory of God --
being declared righteous freely by His grace through the
redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
whom God did set forth a mercy seat, through the faith in
his blood, for the shewing forth of His righteousness, because of the passing
over of the bygone sins in the forbearance of God --
for the shewing forth of His righteousness in the present
time, for His being righteous, and declaring him righteous who is of the
faith of Jesus.
Where then is the boasting? it was excluded; by what
law? of works? no, but by a law of faith:
therefore do we reckon a man to be declared righteous by
faith, apart from works of law.
The God of Jews only is He, and not also of nations?
yes, also of nations; since one is God who shall
declare righteous the circumcision by faith, and the uncircumcision through the
Law then do we make useless through the faith? let it not
be! yea, we do establish law.