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Romans 2:17-29 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

17 But if you call yourself a Jew and rest on Torah and boast about God 18 and know his will and give your approval to what is right, because you have been instructed from the Torah; 19 and if you have persuaded yourself that you are a guide to the blind, a light in the darkness, 20 an instructor for the spiritually unaware and a teacher of children, since in the Torah you have the embodiment of knowledge and truth; 21 then, you who teach others, don’t you teach yourself? Preaching, “Thou shalt not steal,”[a] do you steal? 22 Saying, “Thou shalt not commit adultery,”[b] do you commit adultery? Detesting idols, do you commit idolatrous acts? 23 You who take such pride in Torah, do you, by disobeying the Torah, dishonor God? — 24 as it says in the Tanakh, “For it is because of you that God’s name is blasphemed by the Goyim.”[c] 25 For circumcision is indeed of value if you do what Torah says. But if you are a transgressor of Torah, your circumcision has become uncircumcision! 26 Therefore, if an uncircumcised man keeps the righteous requirements of the Torah, won’t his uncircumcision be counted as circumcision? 27 Indeed, the man who is physically uncircumcised but obeys the Torah will stand as a judgment on you who have had a b’rit-milah and have Torah written out but violate it! 28 For the real Jew is not merely Jewish outwardly: true circumcision is not only external and physical. 29 On the contrary, the real Jew is one inwardly; and true circumcision is of the heart, spiritual not literal; so that his praise comes not from other people but from God.

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 2:21 Exodus 20:13(15), Deuteronomy 5:17(19)
  2. Romans 2:22 Exodus 20:13(14), Deuteronomy 5:17(18)
  3. Romans 2:24 Isaiah 52:5, Ezekiel 36:20
Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.

Romans 7:7-12 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Therefore, what are we to say? That the Torah is sinful? Heaven forbid! Rather, the function of the Torah was that without it, I would not have known what sin is. For example, I would not have become conscious of what greed is if the Torah had not said, “Thou shalt not covet.”[a] But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, worked in me all kinds of evil desires — for apart from Torah, sin is dead. I was once alive outside the framework of Torah. But when the commandment really encountered me, sin sprang to life, 10 and I died. The commandment that was intended to bring me life was found to be bringing me death! 11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me; and through the commandment, sin killed me. 12 So the Torah is holy; that is, the commandment is holy, just and good.

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 7:7 Exodus 20:14(17), Deuteronomy 5:18(21)
Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.

Romans 13:8-10 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Don’t owe anyone anything — except to love one another; for whoever loves his fellow human being has fulfilled Torah. For the commandments, “Don’t commit adultery,” “Don’t murder,” “Don’t steal,” “Don’t covet,”[a] and any others are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 10 Love does not do harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fullness of Torah.

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 13:9 Exodus 20:13–14(17), Deuteronomy 5:17–18(21)
  2. Romans 13:9 Leviticus 19:18
Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.

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