3:19 the law. Here “law” is a reference to the Old Testament Scriptures in general, since Paul’s quotes come from Psalms, Ecclesiastes, and Isaiah.
says. A further indication that Paul sees Scripture as the living voice of God.
every mouth . . . stopped . . . held accountable. No one, whether Jew or Gentile, has grounds for appeal; none can claim to be free from guilt before God. All are lost.