The Jews under the Law

17 But if you call yourself a [a]Jew and (A)rely [b]upon the Law and boast in God, 18 and know His will and [c](B)distinguish the things that matter, being instructed from the Law, 19 and are confident that you yourself are a guide to people who are blind, a light to those in darkness, 20 a [d]corrector of the foolish, a teacher of [e]the immature, possessing in the Law (C)the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth— 21 you, therefore, (D)who teach someone else, do you not teach yourself? You who [f]preach that one is not to steal, do you steal? 22 You who say that one is not to commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who loathe idols, do you (E)rob temples? 23 You who (F)boast [g]in the Law, through your breaking the Law, do you dishonor God? 24 For “(G)the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles (H)because of you,” just as it is written.

25 For indeed circumcision is of value if you (I)practice [h]the Law; but if you are a violator [i]of the Law, (J)your circumcision has turned into uncircumcision. 26 (K)So if (L)the [j]uncircumcised man (M)keeps the requirements of the Law, will his uncircumcision not be regarded as circumcision? 27 And (N)he who is physically uncircumcised, if he keeps the Law, will he not (O)judge you who [k]though having the letter of the Law and circumcision are a violator [l]of the Law? 28 For (P)he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. 29 But (Q)he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and (R)circumcision is of the heart, by the (S)Spirit, not by the letter; (T)and his praise is not from people, but from God.

All the World Guilty

Then what [m]advantage does the Jew have? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? Great in every respect. First, that (U)they were entrusted with the (V)actual words of God. What then? If (W)some [n]did not believe, their [o]unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it? [p](X)Far from it! Rather, God must prove to be true, though every person be found (Y)a liar, as it is written:

(Z)So that You are justified in Your words,
And prevail [q]when You are judged.”

But if our unrighteousness [r](AA)demonstrates the righteousness of God, (AB)what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is He? ((AC)I am speaking from a human viewpoint.) (AD)Far from it! For otherwise, how will (AE)God judge the world? But if through my lie (AF)the truth of God abounded to His glory, (AG)why am I also still being judged as a sinner? And why not say (just as we are slanderously reported and as some claim that we say), “(AH)Let’s do evil that good may come of it”? [s]Their condemnation is deserved.

What then? [t](AI)Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both (AJ)Jews and (AK)Greeks are (AL)all under sin; 10 as it is written:

(AM)There is no righteous person, not even one;
11 There is no one who understands,
There is no one who seeks out God;
12 They have all turned aside, together they have become [u]corrupt;
There is no one who does good,
There is not even one.”
13 (AN)Their throat is an open grave,
With their tongues they keep deceiving,”
(AO)The venom of [v]asps is under their lips”;
14 (AP)Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness”;
15 (AQ)Their feet are swift to shed blood,
16 Destruction and misery are in their paths,
17 And they have not known the way of peace.”
18 (AR)There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

19 Now we know that whatever the (AS)Law says, it speaks to (AT)those who are [w]under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and (AU)all the world may become accountable to God; 20 because (AV)by the works [x]of the Law [y]none of mankind will be justified in His sight; for [z](AW)through the Law comes [aa]knowledge of sin.


  1. Romans 2:17 Or Judean
  2. Romans 2:17 Or upon law
  3. Romans 2:18 Or approve
  4. Romans 2:20 Or instructor
  5. Romans 2:20 Lit infants
  6. Romans 2:21 Or proclaim
  7. Romans 2:23 Or in law
  8. Romans 2:25 Or law
  9. Romans 2:25 Or of law
  10. Romans 2:26 Lit uncircumcision
  11. Romans 2:27 Lit through the letter
  12. Romans 2:27 Or of law
  13. Romans 3:1 Lit is the advantage of the Jew
  14. Romans 3:3 Or were unfaithful
  15. Romans 3:3 Or unfaithfulness
  16. Romans 3:4 Lit May it never happen! And so throughout the ch
  17. Romans 3:4 Or in Your judging
  18. Romans 3:5 I.e., by requiring His judgment
  19. Romans 3:8 Lit Whose
  20. Romans 3:9 Or Are we worse
  21. Romans 3:12 Or depraved
  22. Romans 3:13 I.e., venomous snakes
  23. Romans 3:19 Lit in
  24. Romans 3:20 Or of law
  25. Romans 3:20 Lit no flesh
  26. Romans 3:20 Or through law
  27. Romans 3:20 Or recognition