The Jews Guilty as the Gentiles

17 [a]Indeed (A)you are called a Jew, and (B)rest[b] on the law, (C)and make your boast in God, 18 and (D)know His will, and (E)approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law, 19 and (F)are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, (G)having the form of knowledge and truth in the law. 21 (H)You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal? 22 You who say, “Do not commit adultery,” do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, (I)do you rob temples? 23 You who (J)make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law? 24 For (K)“the name of God is (L)blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you,” as it is written.

Circumcision of No Avail

25 (M)For circumcision is indeed profitable if you keep the law; but if you are a breaker of the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. 26 Therefore, (N)if an uncircumcised man keeps the righteous requirements of the law, will not his uncircumcision be counted as circumcision? 27 And will not the physically uncircumcised, if he fulfills the law, (O)judge you who, even with your [c]written code and circumcision, are a transgressor 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 he is a Jew (Q)who is one inwardly; and (R)circumcision is that of the heart, (S)in the Spirit, not in the letter; (T)whose [d]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 (U)to them were committed the [e]oracles of God. For what if (V)some did not believe? (W)Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? (X)Certainly not! Indeed, let (Y)God be [f]true but (Z)every man a liar. As it is written:

(AA)“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? (AB)(I speak as a man.) Certainly not! For then (AC)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, (AD)“Let us do evil that good may come”?—as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say. Their [g]condemnation is just.


  1. Romans 2:17 NU But if
  2. Romans 2:17 rely
  3. Romans 2:27 Lit. letter
  4. Romans 2:29 A play on words—Jew is literally praise.
  5. Romans 3:2 sayings, Scriptures
  6. Romans 3:4 Found true
  7. Romans 3:8 Lit. judgment

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