Romans 3:27
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New International Version
Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith.

New Living Translation
Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith.

English Standard Version
Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith.

Berean Study Bible
Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of works? No, but on that of faith.

Berean Literal Bible
Where then is boasting? It has been excluded. Through what principle? That of works? No, but through the principle of faith.

New American Standard Bible
Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith.

King James Bible
Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By one of works? No, on the contrary, by a law of faith.

International Standard Version
What, then, is there to boast about? That has been eliminated. On what principle? On that of actions? No, but on the principle of faith.

NET Bible
Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded! By what principle? Of works? No, but by the principle of faith!

New Heart English Bible
Where then is the boasting? It is excluded. By what manner of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Where is pride, therefore? It has been eliminated with him. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So, do we have anything to brag about? Bragging has been eliminated. On what basis was it eliminated? On the basis of our own efforts? No, indeed! Rather, it is eliminated on the basis of faith.

New American Standard 1977
Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? No, but by the law of faith.

King James 2000 Bible
Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

American King James Version
Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? No: but by the law of faith.

American Standard Version
Where then is the glorying? It is excluded. By what manner of law? of works? Nay: but by a law of faith.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Where is then thy boasting? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith.

Darby Bible Translation
Where then [is] boasting? It has been excluded. By what law? of works? Nay, but by law of faith;

English Revised Version
Where then is the glorying? It is excluded. By what manner of law? of works? Nay: but by a law of faith.

Webster's Bible Translation
Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? No; but by the law of faith.

Weymouth New Testament
Where then is there room for your boasting? It is for ever shut out. On what principle? On the ground of merit? No, but on the ground of faith.

World English Bible
Where then is the boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith.

Young's Literal Translation
Where then is the boasting? it was excluded; by what law? of works? no, but by a law of faith:
Study Bible
Righteousness through Faith
26He did this to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and to justify the one who has faith in Jesus. 27Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of works? No, but on that of faith. 28For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.…
Cross References
Romans 2:17
Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the Law and boast in God;

Romans 2:23
You who boast in the Law, do you dishonor God by breaking the Law?

Romans 3:26
He did this to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and to justify the one who has faith in Jesus.

Romans 4:2
If Abraham was indeed justified by works, he had something to boast about, but not before God.

Romans 9:31
but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it.

1 Corinthians 1:29
so that no one may boast in His presence.
Treasury of Scripture

Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? No: but by the law of faith.

Where.

Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law said, it said to them …

Romans 2:17,23 Behold, you are called a Jew, and rest in the law, and make your boast of God…

Romans 4:2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he has whereof to glory; …

Ezekiel 16:62,63 And I will establish my covenant with you; and you shall know that …

Ezekiel 36:31,32 Then shall you remember your own evil ways, and your doings that …

Zephaniah 3:11 In that day shall you not be ashamed for all your doings, wherein …

Luke 18:9-14 And he spoke this parable to certain which trusted in themselves …

1 Corinthians 1:29-31 That no flesh should glory in his presence…

1 Corinthians 4:7 For who makes you to differ from another? and what have you that …

Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: …

of works.

Romans 9:11,32 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good …

Romans 10:5 For Moses describes the righteousness which is of the law, That the …

Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is …

Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but …

but by.

Romans 7:21,23,25 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me…

Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free …

Mark 16:16 He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes …

John 3:36 He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes …

Galatians 3:22 But the scripture has concluded all under sin, that the promise by …

1 John 5:11,12 And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and …

(27-31) A review of the consequences of this process of justification. How does it affect the pretensions of the Jew? It shuts them out by laying stress no longer on works, which were the proper fulfilment of the first law as it stood, but upon faith. Faith is the true medium of justification. And faith belongs as much to Gentile as to Jew. For faith is the appointed means by which all mankind will be justified; and they will all be justified before the same tribunal, whether they be circumcised or not. Still this involves no abrogation of the Law, but rather a confirmation of it.

(27) It is excluded.--Strictly, It was excluded--at the moment when the law of faith--i.e., the gospel--was brought in.

By what law?--Properly, By what kind of law? Is this law which gets rid of boasting one which calls for works; or is it one that calls for faith?

The law of faith.--Another name for the gospel.

Verse 27. - Where then is the boasting? (that of the Jew, referred to in ch. 2, of his superiority to the Gentile with regard to justification). It is excluded. By what manner of (ποίου) law? Of works? Nay, but by the law of faith. Is it, then, here implied that the law of works would allow of boasting? Not so practically. But its theory would leave room for it, on the supposition of its conditions being fulfilled; it is a kind of law (observe ποίου νόμου;) which does not exclude it; for if a man could say, "I have fulfilled all the righteousness of the Law," he would have something wherein to glory. But the principle of the law of faith, which has been shown to be the only one available for the justification of either Jew or Gentile, in itself excludes it. It will be observed that the strict sense of the word νόμος, hitherto preserved, is extended in νόμος πίστεως. (For the various applications of which the word is capable, see especially ch. 7.) Where is boasting then?.... There is no room nor reason for it, either in Jews or Gentiles: not in the Jews, who were very apt to boast of their being Abraham's seed; of their circumcision; of their being Israelites; of their having and keeping the law; of God being their God; and of their knowledge of him: nor in the Gentiles, who were ready to boast of their philosophy, wisdom, and learning; of their self-sufficiency, freewill, and of the things they had in their own power.

It is excluded; it is shut out of doors; the key is turned upon it; it is not allowed of; it is entirely exploded:

by what law? of works? nay; for, that establishes boasting when men seek life, righteousness, and salvation by the works of it, and fancy they shall be able to attain them this way:

but by the law of faith: not by a law requiring faith; nor as if the Gospel was a law, a new law, a remedial law, a law of milder terms; but the word "law" here answers to the Hebrew word which signifies any "doctrine" or "instruction", and oftentimes the doctrine of the Gospel, as in Isaiah 2:3, and here particularly, the doctrine of a sinner's justification by faith in the righteousness of Christ; according to which doctrine the most unlikely persons are justified, even ungodly persons, the worst and vilest of sinners; and that without any consideration of works, by faith only, which is freely given them; and by faith in Christ's righteousness only: so that there is not the least room for boasting in the creature, but all their boasting is in Christ, who is made unto them righteousness, and by whom they are justified. Ro 3:27-31. Inferences from the Foregoing Doctrines and an Objection Answered.

Inference first: Boasting is excluded by this, and no other way of justification.

27, 28. Where is boasting then? … excluded. By what law?—on what principle or scheme?.

of works? Nay; but by the law of faith.3:27-31 God will have the great work of the justification and salvation of sinners carried on from first to last, so as to shut out boasting. Now, if we were saved by our own works, boasting would not be excluded. But the way of justification by faith for ever shuts out boasting. Yet believers are not left to be lawless; faith is a law, it is a working grace, wherever it is in truth. By faith, not in this matter an act of obedience, or a good work, but forming the relation between Christ and the sinner, which renders it proper that the believer should be pardoned and justified for the sake of the Saviour, and that the unbeliever who is not thus united or related to him, should remain under condemnation. The law is still of use to convince us of what is past, and to direct us for the future. Though we cannot be saved by it as a covenant, yet we own and submit to it, as a rule in the hand of the Mediator.
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