Bible: Romans 2-3:20

The Condemnation of the Moralist 1 

2:1 Therefore 2  you are without excuse, 3  whoever you are, 4  when you judge someone else. 5  For on whatever grounds 6  you judge another, you condemn yourself, because you who judge practice the same things. 2:2 Now we know that God’s judgment is in accordance with truth 7  against those who practice such things. 2:3 And do you think, 8  whoever you are, when you judge 9  those who practice such things and yet do them yourself, 10  that you will escape God’s judgment? 2:4 Or do you have contempt for the wealth of his kindness, forbearance, and patience, and yet do not know 11  that God’s kindness leads you to repentance? 2:5 But because of your stubbornness 12  and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath for yourselves in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed! 13  2:6 He 14  will reward 15  each one according to his works: 16  2:7 eternal life to those who by perseverance in good works seek glory and honor and immortality, 2:8 but 17  wrath and anger to those who live in selfish ambition 18  and do not obey the truth but follow 19  unrighteousness. 2:9 There will be 20  affliction and distress on everyone 21  who does evil, on the Jew first and also the Greek, 22  2:10 but 23  glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, for the Jew first and also the Greek. 2:11 For there is no partiality with God. 2:12 For all who have sinned apart from the law 24  will also perish apart from the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 2:13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous before God, but those who do the law will be declared righteous. 25  2:14 For whenever the Gentiles, 26  who do not have the law, do by nature 27  the things required by the law, 28  these who do not have the law are a law to themselves. 2:15 They 29  show that the work of the law is written 30  in their hearts, as their conscience bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or else defend 31  them, 32  2:16 on the day when God will judge 33  the secrets of human hearts, 34  according to my gospel 35  through Christ Jesus.

The Condemnation of the Jew

2:17 But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law 36  and boast of your relationship to God 37  2:18 and know his will 38  and approve the superior things because you receive instruction from the law, 39  2:19 and if you are convinced 40  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 41  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 42  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.” 43 

2:25 For circumcision 44  has its value if you practice the law, but 45  if you break the law, 46  your circumcision has become uncircumcision. 2:26 Therefore if the uncircumcised man obeys 47  the righteous requirements of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? 2:27 And will not the physically uncircumcised man 48  who keeps the law judge you who, despite 49  the written code 50  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 51  by the Spirit 52  and not by the written code. 53  This person’s 54  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. 55  First of all, 56  the Jews 57  were entrusted with the oracles of God. 58  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 59  shown up as a liar, 60  just as it is written: “so that you will be justified 61  in your words and will prevail when you are judged.” 62 

3:5 But if our unrighteousness demonstrates 63  the righteousness of God, what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is he? 64  (I am speaking in human terms.) 65  3:6 Absolutely not! For otherwise how could God judge the world? 3:7 For if by my lie the truth of God enhances 66  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. 67  (Their 68  condemnation is deserved!)

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. 69 

3:13Their throats are open graves, 70 

they deceive with their tongues,

the poison of asps is under their lips.” 71 

3:14Their mouths are 72  full of cursing and bitterness.” 73 

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. 74 

3:18There is no fear of God before their eyes. 75 

3:19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under 76  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 77  by the works of the law, 78  for through the law comes 79  the knowledge of sin.

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