Berean Literal Bible
God Remains Faithful
1What then is the superiority of the Jew? Or what is the benefit of the circumcision? 2Much in every way. For chiefly indeed, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God.
3What if indeed some disbelieved? Will their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God? 4Never may it be! But let God be true, and every man a liar, as it has been written:
“That You may be justified in Your words,
and will prevail in Your being judged.”a
5But if our unrighteousness shows God’s righteousness, what shall we say? God, inflicting the wrath, is unrighteous? I speak according to man. 6Never may it be! Otherwise, how will God judge the world? 7But if in my lie, the truth of God abounded to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner? 8And is it not, as we are slanderously charged, and as some affirm us to say, “Let us do evil things that good things may come?” Their condemnation is just.
There is No One Righteous
9What then? Are we better? Not at all. For we have already charged both Jews and Greeks all to be under sin. 10As it has been written:
“There is none righteous,
not even one;
11there is none understanding;
there is none seeking after God.
12All have turned away;
together they have become worthless;
there is none who is practicing good,
there is not so much as one.b
13Their throat is a grave having been opened;
they keep practicing deceitc with their tongues;
the venom of vipers is under their lips,d
14of whom the mouth is full of cursing and of bitterness;e
15their feet are swift to shed blood;
16ruin and misery are in their paths;
17and the way of peace they have not known.f
18There is no fear of God before their eyes.”g
19Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those under the Law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be under judgment to God. 20Therefore by works of the Law, not any flesh will be justified before Him; for through the Law is knowledge of sin.
Righteousness through Faith
21But now apart from Law, the righteousness of God has been revealed, being borne witness to by the Law and the Prophets. 22And the righteousness of God is through faith from Jesus Christ toward all those believing. For there is no distinction, 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25whom God set forth as a propitiation through faith in His blood, for a showing forth of His righteousness, because of the forbearance of the sins having taken place beforehand, 26in the forbearance of God, for the showing forth of His righteousness in the present time, for Him to be just, and justifying the one of the faith of Jesus.
27Where then is boasting? It has been excluded. Through what principle? That of works? No, but through the principle of faith. 28Therefore we reckon a man to be justified by faith apart from works of the Law.
29Or is He the God of Jews only, not also of Gentiles? Yes, also of Gentiles, 30since indeed God is the One who will justify the circumcision by faith and the uncircumcision through the same faith.a 4 Psalm 51:4
b 10-12 Psalms 14:1-3; 53:1-3
c 13 Psalm 5:9
d 13 Psalm 140:3
e 14 Psalm 10:7
f 15-17 Isaiah 59:7,8
g 18 Psalm 36:1