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Romans 3 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Paul Answers an Objection
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So what advantage does the Jew have? Or what is the benefit of circumcision?

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Considerable in every way. First, they were entrusted with the very words of God.

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What then? If some were unfaithful, will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness?

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Absolutely not! Let God be true, even though everyone is a liar, as it is written:

That you may be justified in your words

and triumph when you judge.

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But if our unrighteousness highlights[fn] God’s righteousness, what are we to say? I am using a human argument:[fn] Is God unrighteous to inflict wrath?

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Absolutely not! Otherwise, how will God judge the world?

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But if by my lie God’s truth abounds to his glory, why am I also still being judged as a sinner?

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And why not say, just as some people slanderously claim we say, “Let us do what is evil so that good may come”? Their condemnation is deserved!

The Whole World Guilty before God
(Psa 14:1–3; 53:1–4 )
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What then? Are we any better off?[fn] Not at all! For we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin,[fn]

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as it is written:

There is no one righteous, not even one.

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There is no one who understands;

there is no one who seeks God.

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All have turned away;

all alike have become worthless.

There is no one who does what is good,

not even one.

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Their throat is an open grave;

they deceive with their tongues.

Vipers’ venom is under their lips.

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Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.

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Their feet are swift to shed blood;

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ruin and wretchedness are in their paths,

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and the path of peace they have not known.

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There is no fear of God before their eyes.

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Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are subject to the law,[fn] so that every mouth may be shut and the whole world may become subject to God’s judgment.[fn]

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For no one will be justified[fn] in his sight by the works of the law, because the knowledge of sin comes through the law.

The Righteousness of God through Faith
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But now, apart from the law, the righteousness of God has been revealed, attested by the Law and the Prophets.[fn]

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The righteousness of God is through faith in Jesus Christ[fn] to all who believe, since there is no distinction.

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For all have sinned and fall short of the[fn] glory of God;

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they are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

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God presented him as the mercy seat[fn] by his blood, through faith, to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his restraint God passed over the sins previously committed.

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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.

Boasting Excluded
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Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law?[fn] By one of works? No, on the contrary, by a law[fn] of faith.

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For we conclude that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.

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Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too,

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since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith.

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Do we then nullify the law through faith? Absolutely not! On the contrary, we uphold the law.

CSB Footnotes
Or shows, or demonstrates
Lit I speak as a man
Are we Jews any better than the Gentiles?
Under sin’s power or dominion
Lit those in the law
Or become guilty before God, or may be accountable to God
Or will be declared righteous, or will be acquitted
When capitalized, the Law and the Prophets = OT
Or through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ
Or and lack the
Or propitiation, or place of atonement
Or what principle?
Or a principle

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