Bible: Rom 3:9-28

The Condemnation of the World

3:9 What then? Are we better off? Certainly not, for we have already charged that Jews and Greeks alike are all under sin, 3:10 just as it is written:

There is no one righteous, not even one,

3:11 there is no one who understands,

there is no one who seeks God.

3:12 All have turned away,

together they have become worthless;

there is no one who shows kindness, not even one. 1 

3:13Their throats are open graves, 2 

they deceive with their tongues,

the poison of asps is under their lips.” 3 

3:14Their mouths are 4  full of cursing and bitterness.” 5 

3:15Their feet are swift to shed blood,

3:16 ruin and misery are in their paths,

3:17 and the way of peace they have not known. 6 

3:18There is no fear of God before their eyes. 7 

3:19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under 8  the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 3:20 For no one is declared righteous before him 9  by the works of the law, 10  for through the law comes 11  the knowledge of sin. 3:21 But now 12  apart from the law the righteousness of God (which is attested by the law and the prophets) 13  has been disclosed 3:22 namely, the righteousness of God through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ 14  for all who believe. For there is no distinction, 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. 3:24 But they are justified 15  freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. 3:25 God publicly displayed 16  him 17  at his death 18  as the mercy seat 19  accessible through faith. 20  This was to demonstrate 21  his righteousness, because God in his forbearance had passed over the sins previously committed. 22  3:26 This was 23  also to demonstrate 24  his righteousness in the present time, so that he would be just 25  and the justifier of the one who lives because of Jesusfaithfulness. 26 

3:27 Where, then, is boasting? 27  It is excluded! By what principle? 28  Of works? No, but by the principle of faith! 3:28 For we consider that a person 29  is declared righteous by faith apart from the works of the law. 30 

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