Romans 3:28
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New International Version
For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.

New Living Translation
So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.

English Standard Version
For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

New American Standard Bible
For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.

King James Bible
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.

International Standard Version
For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the actions prescribed by the Law.

NET Bible
For we consider that a person is declared righteous by faith apart from the works of the law.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
We determine therefore that by faith a man is made righteous and not by the works of The Written Law.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We conclude that a person has God's approval by faith, not by his own efforts.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore, we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

American King James Version
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

American Standard Version
We reckon therefore that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For we account a man to be justified by faith, without the works of the law.

Darby Bible Translation
for we reckon that a man is justified by faith, without works of law.

English Revised Version
We reckon therefore that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore we conclude, that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Weymouth New Testament
For we maintain that it is as the result of faith that a man is held to be righteous, apart from actions done in obedience to Law.

World English Bible
We maintain therefore that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.

Young's Literal Translation
therefore do we reckon a man to be declared righteous by faith, apart from works of law.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 28. - For (γὰρ here, rather than οῦν, as in the Textus Receptus; though either reading rests on good authority, γὰρ suits best the course of thought, as introducing a reason for the assertion of the previous verse) we reckon that a man is justified by faith apart from works of law; i.e. the law of works, as a principle of justification, is, in fact, according to our reckoning, nowhere. It is to be particularly observed that χωρὶς ἔργων νόμου implies no antinomian doctrine, nor any opposition to James (James 2:14, etc.). Its reference is not at all to works required or not required from man for acceptance, but simply to the ground or principle of his justification.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Therefore we conclude,.... This is the conclusion from the premises, the sum total of the whole account:

that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. The subject of justification is, "man", not in opposition to angels; nor does it design the Jew against the Gentile, though some have so thought; but the apostle names neither Jew nor Gentile, but "man", to show that Christ's righteousness is unto all, and every man, that believes, be he who he will; and is to be understood indefinitely, that every man that is justified is justified by faith. The means is "by faith", not habitually or actually considered; that is, either as an habit and principle infused into us, or as an act performed by us; but either organically, as it is a means of receiving Christ's righteousness; or objectively, as it denotes Christ the object of it: and all this is done "without works", of any sort; not by a faith which is without works, for such a faith is dead, and of no avail; but by faith without works joined to it, in the affair of justification; or by the righteousness of Christ imputed by God the Father, without any consideration of them, and received by faith, and relied upon by the believer, without any regard unto them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

28. Therefore we conclude, &c.—It is the unavoidable tendency of dependence upon our own works, less or more, for acceptance with God, to beget a spirit of "boasting." But that God should encourage such a spirit in sinners, by any procedure of His, is incredible. This therefore stamps falsehood upon every form of "justification by works," whereas the doctrine that.

Our faith receives a righteousness

That makes the sinner just,

manifestly and entirely excludes "boasting"; and this is the best evidence of its truth.

Inference second: This and no other way of salvation is adapted alike to Jew and Gentile.

Romans 3:28 Additional Commentaries
Context
Justified by Faith
27Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith. 28For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. 29Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also,…
Cross References
Acts 13:39
Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.

Romans 3:20
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God's sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

Romans 3:21
But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.

Romans 5:1
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Ephesians 2:9
not by works, so that no one can boast.

James 2:18
But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.

James 2:20
You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless?

James 2:24
You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

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John 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, He that hears my word, and believes on …

John 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which sees …

Acts 13:38,39 Be it known to you therefore, men and brothers, that through this …

1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, …

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Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of …

Titus 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according …

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