Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1What therefore is the excellence of the Jews, or what is the advantage of circumcision? 2Much in everything; first, that they were entrusted with the words of God. 3For if some of them did not believe, did they nullify the faith of God by not believing?
4God forbid! For God is true, and every person lies, just as that which is written: "You will be upright in your words and you will be victorious when they judge you."
5But if our evil establishes the justice of God, what shall we say? Is God doing evil by bringing forth his wrath? I am speaking as a man. 6God forbid! Otherwise, how will God judge the universe? 7For if the truth of God is made to superabound for his glory by my lies, why therefore am I judged as a sinner? 8Or is it as those, whose judgment is reserved for justice*, slander us and report that we say, "Let us practice evil that good may come?
9What, then? Are we held to be greater because we have precedence? We have determined about the Jews and about the Aramaeans that they are all under sin,
10As it is written: "There is not a just person, not even one,"
11"Neither is there one who understands, nor one who seeks God."
12"They have all turned away together, and they have been rejected*, and there is not one who does good, not even one."
13"Their throats are opened tombs, their tongues are deceitful, and the venom of asps is under their lips."
14"Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness,"
15"And their feet are swift to shed blood."
16"Adversity and wretchedness are in their way,"
17"The way of peace they have not known,"
18"And the awesomeness of God is not before their eyes."
19But we know that whatever things The Written Law has said, it has said to those who are into The Written Law, that every mouth may be shut and the whole universe may be guilty before God, 20Because by works of The Written Law no one is justified before him, for by The Written Law sin has been made known.
21But now the justice of God has been revealed without The Written Law and The Written Law and The Prophets testify of it. 22But the righteousness of God is by the faith of Yeshua The Messiah unto every person, also upon every person* who believes in him, for there is no distinction, 23Because all of them have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God, 24And are made right by grace without charge and by the redemption that exists in Yeshua The Messiah, 25This One whom God preordained as the atonement, by the faith of his blood, for the sake of our sins which we had formerly sinned, 26In the space that God in his patience has given to us, for the demonstration of his justice which is in this time, that he would be The Just One and would by justice declare righteous the one who is in the faith of Our Lord Yeshua The Messiah.
27Where is pride, therefore? It has been eliminated with him. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28We determine therefore that by faith a man is made righteous and not by the works of The Written Law. 29Is he The God of the Jews only? Is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also. 30Because God is One, who declares the circumcision righteous by faith and also the uncircumcision by faith.
31Therefore, are we eliminating The Written Law by faith? God forbid, but we are establishing The Written Law.