Romans 3:9
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English Standard Version
What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin,

King James Bible
What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;

American Standard Version
What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we before laid to the charge both of Jews and Greeks, that they are all under sin;

Douay-Rheims Bible
What then? Do we excel them? No, not so. For we have charged both Jews, and Greeks, that they are all under sin.

English Revised Version
What then? are we in worse case than they? No, in no wise: for we before laid to the charge both of Jews and Greeks, that they are all under sin;

Webster's Bible Translation
What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;

Weymouth New Testament
What then? Are we Jews more highly estimated than they? Not in the least; for we have already charged all Jews and Gentiles alike with being in thraldom to sin.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Are we better (προεχόμεθα)

Rev., are we in worse case than they? Render, with the American Revisers, are we in better case than they, i.e., have we any advantage? The Rev. takes the verb as passive - are we surpassed? which would require the succeeding verses to show that the Gentiles are not better than the Jews; whereas they show that the Jews are not better than the Gentiles. Besides, nothing in the context suggests such a question. Paul has been showing that the Old Testament privileges, though giving to the Jews a certain superiority to the Gentiles, did not give them any advantages in escaping the divine condemnation. After such showing it was natural that the question should be renewed: Do the Jews have any advantage?

We have before proved (προῃτιασάμεθα)

The reference is not to logical proof, but to forensic accusation. The simple verb means to charge as being the cause (αἰτία) of some evil: hence to accuse, impeach. Rev., correctly, we before laid to the charge.

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what then.

Romans 3:5 But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who takes vengeance?...

Romans 6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

Romans 11:7 What then? Israel has not obtained that which he seeks for; but the election has obtained it, and the rest were blinded.

1 Corinthians 10:19 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?

1 Corinthians 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit...

Philippians 1:18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice...

are we.

Romans 3:22,23 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ to all and on all them that believe: for there is no difference...

Isaiah 65:5 Which say, Stand by yourself, come not near to me; for I am holier than you. These are a smoke in my nose...

Luke 7:39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spoke within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet...

Luke 18:9-14 And he spoke this parable to certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others...

1 Corinthians 4:7 For who makes you to differ from another? and what have you that you did not receive? now if you did receive it, why do you glory...

proved. Gr. charged.

Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind...

*etc:

Romans 2:1 Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are that judge: for wherein you judge another, you condemn yourself...

*etc:

that they.

Galatians 3:10,22 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written...

Cross References
Proverbs 20:9
Who can say, "I have made my heart pure; I am clean from my sin"?

Romans 1:18
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.

Romans 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.

Romans 3:1
Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision?

Romans 3:19
Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God.

Romans 3:23
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 7:14
For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin.

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