Romans 3:5–4:5

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!


What then? Are we any better off?D Not at all! For we have already charged that both Jewsm and Greeksn 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


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 the mercy seatS,aj by his blood,ak 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 just and justify the one who has faith in Jesus.


27 Where, then, is boasting?an It is excluded. By what kind of law?u,ao By one of works? No, on the contrary, by a lawV of faith. 28 For we conclude that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.ap 29 Or is God the God of Jews only?aq Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30 since there is one Godar who will justify the circumcised by faithas and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then nullify the law through faith? Absolutely not!at On the contrary, we uphold the law.au


What then will we say that Abraham, our forefatherav according to the flesh, has found?W If Abraham was justifiedX by works,aw he has something to boast about—but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness.A,a Now to the one who works,b pay is not credited as a gift, but as something owed. But to the one who does not work, but believes on him who justifies the ungodly,c his faith is credited for righteousness.

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