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Romans 2:12-16 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

12 All those who sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all those who sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For the hearers of the law are not righteous before God, but the doers of the law will be declared righteous.[a] 14 So, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, instinctively do what the law demands, they are a law to themselves even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the work of the law[b] is written on their hearts. Their consciences confirm this. Their competing thoughts will either accuse or excuse them[c] 16 on the day when God judges what people have kept secret, according to my gospel through Christ Jesus.


  1. Romans 2:13 Or will be justified or acquitted
  2. Romans 2:15 The code of conduct required by the law
  3. Romans 2:15 Internal debate, either in a person or among the pagan moralists

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