28 For (A)he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; 29 but he is a Jew (B)who is one inwardly; and (C)circumcision is that of the heart, (D)in the Spirit, not in the letter; (E)whose [a]praise is not from men but from God.

God’s Judgment Defended

What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision? Much in every way! Chiefly because (F)to them were committed the [b]oracles of God. For what if (G)some did not believe? (H)Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? (I)Certainly not! Indeed, let (J)God be [c]true but (K)every man a liar. As it is written:

(L)“That You may be justified in Your words,
And may overcome when You are judged.”

But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unjust who inflicts wrath? (M)(I speak as a man.) Certainly not! For then (N)how will God judge the world?

For if the truth of God has increased through my lie to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner? And why not say, (O)“Let us do evil that good may come”?—as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say. Their [d]condemnation is just.


  1. Romans 2:29 A play on words—Jew is literally praise.
  2. Romans 3:2 sayings, Scriptures
  3. Romans 3:4 Found true
  4. Romans 3:8 Lit. judgment

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