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|1||What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?|
|2||Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.|
|3||For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?|
God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
|5||But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man)|
God forbid: for then how shall God 1judge the world?
|7||For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?|
|8||And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.|
|9||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;|
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Psa 14:1, 53:1 Ecc 7:20
There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
Psa 14:2, 53:2
They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Psa 14:3, 53:3
Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
Psa 5:9, 140:3
Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
Their feet are swift to shed blood:
Isa 59:7 Prov 1:16
Destruction and misery are in their ways:
And the way of peace have they not known:
There is no fear of God before their eyes.
Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be 1stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
|20||Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.|
|21||But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;|
|22||Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:|
|23||For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;|
|24||Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:|
|25||Whom God hath set forth to be a apropitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;|
|26||To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.|
|27||Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.|
|28||Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.|
|29||Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:|
|30||Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.|
Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the 1law.
|Notes on Chapter 3|
(a) "propitiation" = a sacrifice for sin - Strongs #2435 "hilasterion", an atoning victim, or the lid of the ark of the covenant in the temple (mercy seat), as used in Hebrews 9:5
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