3Â What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify Godâ€™s faithfulness?4Â Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written:
â€œSo that you may be proved right when you speak
and prevail when you judge.â€
5Â But if our unrighteousness brings out Godâ€™s righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.)6Â Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world? 7Â Someone might argue, â€œIf my falsehood enhances Godâ€™s truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?â€ 8Â Why not sayâ€”as some slanderously claim that we sayâ€”â€œLet us do evil that good may resultâ€? Their condemnation is just!
No One Is Righteous
9Â What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 10Â As it is written:
â€œThere is no one righteous, not even one;
11Â there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
12Â All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.â€
13Â â€œTheir throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit.â€
â€œThe poison of vipers is on their lips.â€
14Â â€œTheir mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.â€
15Â â€œTheir feet are swift to shed blood;
16Â ruin and misery mark their ways,
17Â and the way of peace they do not know.â€
18Â â€œThere is no fear of God before their eyes.â€
19Â Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20Â Therefore no one will be declared righteous in Godâ€™s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
Righteousness Through Faith
21Â But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.22Â This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23Â for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,24Â and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25Â God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his bloodâ€”to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunishedâ€” 26Â he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
27Â Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith. 28Â For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. 29Â Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30Â since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. 31Â Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.
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