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Romans 3:9-26 American Standard Version (ASV)

What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we before laid to the charge both of Jews and Greeks, that they are all under sin; 10 as it is written,

[a]There is none righteous, no, not one;
11 There is none that understandeth,
There is none that seeketh after God;
12 They have all turned aside, they are together become unprofitable;
There is none that doeth good, no, not so much as one:
13 [b]Their throat is an open sepulchre;
With their tongues they have used deceit:
[c]The poison of asps is under their lips:
14 [d]Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
15 [e]Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways;
17 And the way of peace have they not known:
18 [f]There is no fear of God before their eyes.

19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it speaketh to them that are under the law; that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may be brought under the judgment of God: 20 because [g]by [h]the works of the law shall no flesh be [i]justified in his sight; for [j]through the law cometh the knowledge of sin.

21 But now apart from the law a righteousness of God hath been manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 even the righteousness of God through faith [k]in Jesus Christ unto all [l]them that believe; for there is no distinction; 23 for all [m]have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God; 24 being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 whom God set forth [n]to be a propitiation, through faith, in his blood, to show his righteousness because of the passing over of the sins done aforetime, in the forbearance of God; 26 for the showing, I say, of his righteousness at this present season: that he might himself be [o]just, and the [p]justifier of him that [q]hath faith [r]in Jesus.


  1. Romans 3:10 Ps. 14:1ff; 53:1ff.
  2. Romans 3:13 Ps. 5:9.
  3. Romans 3:13 Ps. 140:3.
  4. Romans 3:14 Ps. 10:7.
  5. Romans 3:15 Isa. 59:7f.
  6. Romans 3:18 Ps. 36:1.
  7. Romans 3:20 Greek out of.
  8. Romans 3:20 Or, works of law
  9. Romans 3:20 Or, accounted righteous
  10. Romans 3:20 Or, through law
  11. Romans 3:22 Or, of
  12. Romans 3:22 Some ancient authorities add and upon all.
  13. Romans 3:23 Greek sinned.
  14. Romans 3:25 Or, to be propitiatory
  15. Romans 3:26 See 2:13 margin.
  16. Romans 3:26 See 2:13 margin.
  17. Romans 3:26 Greek is of faith.
  18. Romans 3:26 Or, of

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