English Standard Version
17 But if you call yourself a Jew and (A)rely on the law and boast in God 18 and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; 19 and if you are sure that you yourself are (B)a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law (C)the embodiment of (D)knowledge and truth— 21 (E)you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you (F)rob temples? 23 You who (G)boast in the law (H)dishonor God by breaking the law. 24 For, (I)as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed (J)among the Gentiles because of you.”
25 For circumcision indeed is of value (K)if you obey the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision. 26 So, if (L)a man who is uncircumcised keeps (M)the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded[a] as circumcision? 27 Then he who is physically[b] uncircumcised but keeps the law (N)will condemn you who have (O)the written code[c] and circumcision but break the law. 28 For (P)no one is a Jew (Q)who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. 29 But a Jew is one (R)inwardly, and (S)circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. (T)His praise is not from man but from God.
God's Righteousness Upheld
3 Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? 2 Much in every way. To begin with, (U)the Jews were entrusted with (V)the oracles of God. 3 (W)What if some were unfaithful? (X)Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? 4 By no means! (Y)Let God be true though (Z)every one were a liar, as it is written,
5 But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict (AC)wrath on us? ((AD)I speak in a human way.) 6 By no means! For then how could (AE)God judge the world? 7 But if through my lie God's truth abounds to his glory, (AF)why am I still being condemned as a sinner? 8 And why not (AG)do evil that good may come?—as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just.
No One Is Righteous
(AK)“None is righteous, no, not one;
11 no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.”
13 (AL)“Their throat is (AM)an open grave;
they use their tongues to deceive.”
(AN)“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
14 (AO)“Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
15 (AP)“Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 in their paths are ruin and misery,
17 and (AQ)the way of peace they have not known.”
18 (AR)“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
19 Now we know that whatever (AS)the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, (AT)so that every mouth may be stopped, and (AU)the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For (AV)by works of the law no human being[f] will be justified in his sight, since (AW)through the law comes knowledge of sin.