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Romans 2 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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God’s Righteous Judgment

Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:1 - Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:2 - We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:3 - Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God?
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:4 - Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:5 - But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:6 - He will render to each one according to his works:
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:7 - to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life;
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:8 - but for those who are self-seeking[fn] and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:9 - There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:10 - but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:11 - For God shows no partiality.

God’s Judgment and the Law

Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:12 - For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:13 - For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:14 - For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:15 - They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:16 - on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:17 - But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:18 - and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law;
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:19 - and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:20 - an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth—
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:21 - you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal?
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:22 - You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:23 - You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:24 - For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:25 - For circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:26 - So, if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded[fn] as circumcision?
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:27 - Then he who is physically[fn] uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code[fn] and circumcision but break the law.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:28 - For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 2:29 - But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.
ESV Footnotes
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