Bible: Rom 2:17-3:8

The Condemnation of the Jew

2:17 But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law 1  and boast of your relationship to God 2  2:18 and know his will 3  and approve the superior things because you receive instruction from the law, 4  2:19 and if you are convinced 5  that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 2:20 an educator of the senseless, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the essential features of knowledge and of the truth 2:21 therefore 6  you who teach someone else, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? 2:22 You who tell others not to commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor 7  idols, do you rob temples? 2:23 You who boast in the law dishonor God by transgressing the law! 2:24 For just as it is written, “the name of God is being blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” 8 

2:25 For circumcision 9  has its value if you practice the law, but 10  if you break the law, 11  your circumcision has become uncircumcision. 2:26 Therefore if the uncircumcised man obeys 12  the righteous requirements of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? 2:27 And will not the physically uncircumcised man 13  who keeps the law judge you who, despite 14  the written code 15  and circumcision, transgress the law? 2:28 For a person is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision something that is outward in the flesh, 2:29 but someone is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart 16  by the Spirit 17  and not by the written code. 18  This person’s 19  praise is not from people but from God.

3:1 Therefore what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? 3:2 Actually, there are many advantages. 20  First of all, 21  the Jews 22  were entrusted with the oracles of God. 23  3:3 What then? If some did not believe, does their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God? 3:4 Absolutely not! Let God be proven true, and every human being 24  shown up as a liar, 25  just as it is written: “so that you will be justified 26  in your words and will prevail when you are judged.” 27 

3:5 But if our unrighteousness demonstrates 28  the righteousness of God, what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is he? 29  (I am speaking in human terms.) 30  3:6 Absolutely not! For otherwise how could God judge the world? 3:7 For if by my lie the truth of God enhances 31  his glory, why am I still actually being judged as a sinner? 3:8 And why not say, “Let us do evil so that good may come of it”? – as some who slander us allege that we say. 32  (Their 33  condemnation is deserved!)

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