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27 (A)What occasion is there then for boasting?[a] It is ruled out. On what principle, that of works? No, rather on the principle of faith.[b] 28 For we consider that a person is justified by faith apart from works of the law.(B) 29 Does God belong to Jews alone? Does he not belong to Gentiles, too? Yes, also to Gentiles,(C)

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Footnotes

  1. 3:27–31 People cannot boast of their own holiness, since it is God’s free gift (Rom 3:27), both to the Jew who practices circumcision out of faith and to the Gentile who accepts faith without the Old Testament religious culture symbolized by circumcision (Rom 3:29–30).
  2. 3:27 Principle of faith: literally, “law of faith.” Paul is fond of wordplay involving the term “law”; cf. Rom 7:21, 23; 8:2. Since “law” in Greek may also connote “custom” or “principle,” his readers and hearers would have sensed no contradiction in the use of the term after the negative statement concerning law in Rom 3:20.

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