Bible: Romans 3:9-23

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.

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