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Romans 3:5–26

But if our unrighteousness highlightsB God’s righteousness,g what are we to say?h I am using a human argument:C,i Is God unrighteous to inflict wrath? Absolutely not! Otherwise, how will God judge the world?j But if by my lie God’s truth abounds to his glory, why am I also still being judged as a sinner?k And why not say, just as some people slanderously claim we say, “Let us do what is evil so that good may come”?l Their condemnation is deserved!

THE WHOLE WORLD GUILTY BEFORE GOD

What then? Are we any better off?D Not at all! For we have already charged that both Jewsm and GentilesE,n are all under sin,F,o 10 as it is written:

There is no one righteous, not even one.

11 There is no one who understands;

there is no one who seeks God.

12 All have turned away;

all alike have become worthless.

There is no one who does what is good,

not even one.G,p

13 Their throat is an open grave;

they deceive with their tongues.H,q

Vipers’ venom is under their lips.I,r

14 Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.J,s

15 Their feet are swift to shed blood;

16 ruin and wretchedness are in their paths,

17 and the path of peace they have not known.K,t

18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.L,u

19 Now we know that whatever the law says,v it speaks to those who are subject to the law,M,w so that every mouth may be shut and the whole world may become subject to God’s judgment.N,x 20 For no one will be justifiedO in his sight by the works of the law,y because the knowledge of sin comes through the law.z

THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD THROUGH FAITH

21 But now, apart from the law, the righteousness of God has been revealed,aa attested by the Law and the Prophets.P,ab 22 The righteousness of God is through faithac in Jesus ChristQ,ad to all who believe,ae since there is no distinction.af 23 For all have sinnedag and fall short of theR glory of God. 24 They are justified freely by his graceah through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.ai 25 God presented him as an atoning sacrificeS,aj in his blood,ak received through faith, to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his restraint Godal passed over the sins previously committed.am 26 God presented him to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so that he would be righteous and declare righteousT the one who has faith in Jesus.

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