The advantages of the Jews. All men are sinners, and none
can be justified by the works of the law, but only by the grace of Christ.
1 What advantage then hath the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision?
2 Much every way. First indeed, *because the words of God were committed
3 For what if some of them have not believed? *shall their unbelief make
the faith of God without effect? God forbid.
4 *But God is true: and every man a liar, as it is written: **that thou
mayest be justified in thy words, and mayest overcome when thou art judged.
5 But if our injustice commend the justice of God, what shall we say? Is
God unjust, who executeth wrath?
6 (I speak according to man). God forbid: otherwise how shall God judge
7 For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie, unto his glory:
why am I also yet judged as a sinner?
8 And not rather (as we are slandered, and as some affirm that we
say) let us do evil, that there may come good: whose damnation is just.
9 What then? Do we excel them? By no means. *For we have charged both Jews,
and Greeks, that they are all under sin.
10 As it is written: *There is not any man just:
11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
12 All have turned out of the way; they are become unprofitable together:
there is none that doth good, there is not so much as one.
13 *Their throat is an open sepulchre, with their tongues they have dealt
deceitfully: **The venom of asps is under their lips:
14 *Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
15 *Their feet are swift to shed blood:
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
17 And the way of peace they have not known:
18 *There is no fear of God before their eyes.
19 *Now we know that what things soever the law speaketh, it speaketh to
them that are in the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may be made subject to God:
20 Because by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified before him.
For by the law is the knowledge of sin.
21 But now without the law the justice of God is made manifest: being witnessed
by the law and the prophets.
22 Even the justice of God, by faith of Jesus Christ, unto all and upon
all that believe in him: for there is no distinction:
23 For all have sinned, and do need the glory of God.
24 Being justified gratis by his grace, through the redemption that is
in Christ Jesus,
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood,
to the shewing of his justice, for the remission of past sins,
26 Through the forbearance of God for the shewing of his justice in this
time: that he himself may be just, and the justifier of him who is of the faith of Jesus Christ.
27 Where is then thy boasting? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No:
but by the law of faith.
28 For we account a man to be justified by faith without the works of the
29 Is he the God of the Jews only? Is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes,
of the Gentiles also.
30 For it is one God who justifieth circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision
31 Do we then destroy the law through faith? God forbid: but we establish
2: Romans ix. 4.
3: 2 Timothy ii. 13.
4: John iii. 33.; Psalm cxv. 11. --- ** Psalm l. 6.
9: Galatians iii. 22.; Romans i. 17. and xi. 9.
10: Psalm xiii. 3.
13: Psalm v. 11.; James iii. 8. --- ** Psalm cxxxix. 4.
14: Psalm ix. 7.
15: Isaias lix. 7.; Proverbs i. 16.
18: Psalm xxxv. 2.
19: Galatians ii. 16.