But if our unrighteousness [a](A)demonstrates the righteousness of God, (B)what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is He? ((C)I am speaking from a human viewpoint.) (D)Far from it! For otherwise, how will (E)God judge the world? But if through my lie (F)the truth of God abounded to His glory, (G)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), “(H)Let’s do evil that good may come of it”? [b]Their condemnation is deserved.

What then? [c](I)Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both (J)Jews and (K)Greeks are (L)all under sin; 10 as it is written:

(M)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 [d]corrupt;
There is no one who does good,
There is not even one.”
13 (N)Their throat is an open grave,
With their tongues they keep deceiving,”
(O)The venom of [e]asps is under their lips”;
14 (P)Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness”;
15 (Q)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 (R)There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

19 Now we know that whatever the (S)Law says, it speaks to (T)those who are [f]under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and (U)all the world may become accountable to God; 20 because (V)by the works [g]of the Law [h]none of mankind will be justified in His sight; for [i](W)through the Law comes [j]knowledge of sin.

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  1. Romans 3:5 I.e., by requiring His judgment
  2. Romans 3:8 Lit Whose
  3. Romans 3:9 Or Are we worse
  4. Romans 3:12 Or depraved
  5. Romans 3:13 I.e., venomous snakes
  6. Romans 3:19 Lit in
  7. Romans 3:20 Or of law
  8. Romans 3:20 Lit no flesh
  9. Romans 3:20 Or through law
  10. Romans 3:20 Or recognition

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