No One Is Righteous

What then? Are we Jews[a] any better off?[b] No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both (A)Jews and (B)Greeks, are (C)under sin, 10 as it is written:

(D)“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 (E)“Their throat is (F)an open grave;
    they use their tongues to deceive.”
(G)“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
14     (H)“Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
15 (I)“Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16     in their paths are ruin and misery,
17 and (J)the way of peace they have not known.”
18     (K)“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

19 Now we know that whatever (L)the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, (M)so that every mouth may be stopped, and (N)the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For (O)by works of the law no human being[c] will be justified in his sight, since (P)through the law comes knowledge of sin.

The Righteousness of God Through Faith

21 But now (Q)the righteousness of God (R)has been manifested apart from the law, although (S)the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God (T)through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. (U)For there is no distinction: 23 for (V)all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 (W)and are justified (X)by his grace as a gift, (Y)through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God (Z)put forward as (AA)a propitiation (AB)by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in (AC)his divine forbearance he had passed over (AD)former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

27 (AE)Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith (AF)apart from works of the law. 29 Or (AG)is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since (AH)God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and (AI)the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.

Abraham Justified by Faith

What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, (AJ)our forefather according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but (AK)not before God. For what does the Scripture say? (AL)“Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Now (AM)to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but (AN)believes in[d] him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:

(AO)“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
    and whose sins are covered;
blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not (AP)count his sin.”

Footnotes

  1. Romans 3:9 Greek Are we
  2. Romans 3:9 Or at any disadvantage?
  3. Romans 3:20 Greek flesh
  4. Romans 4:5 Or but trusts; compare verse 24

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