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CVG Romans Chapter 3

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1. What therefore is the profit of being a Jew or what is the benefit of circumcision?

2. [It is] great in every way. For first then, that they were entrusted with the sayings (i.e. oracles: Latin: oraculum which literally is a little mouth which came to be metonymy for sayings or pronouncements) of God.

3. For what is it? If some do not believe, will their unfaithfulness nullify the faithfulness of God? (!)

4. May it never be! But let God be found True, but every man a liar, just as it is written, "in such manner that you may be declared righteous in your words and you may conquer in the judging of you" (Psalm 116:11; Psalm 51:4).

5. But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? God is not unrighteous, the One who inflicts wrath, is He? I am speaking according to man.

6. May it never be! Then how will God judge the world?

7. But if the truth of God abounds to His glory in my lie, why am I still judged also as a sinner?

8. And [shall we not say (we can assume this understanding from the Greek since Paul has said "what shall we say" beforehand and in our current verse he goes on to say "as some affirm us to say")] just as we are blasphemed and as some affirm us to say, "should we do evil that good things may come?" Those of whom say these things, their condemnation is just.

9. What therefore? Are we in a worse position? By no means. For we are accused beforehand, both Jews and all Gentiles are under sin.

10. Just as it is written, "There is no one righteous, not one,

11. there is no one who understands, there is no one seeking after God,

12. all have turned aside, at the same time they are useless. There is no one who does goodness, there is not even one.

13. Their throat is an opened grave, they were deceiving with their tongues, poison of asps is under their lips,

14. their mouth is full of curses and bitterness,

15. Their feet are swift to pour out blood,

16. destruction and misery is in their paths,

17. and they don't know the way of peace,

18. There is no fear of God before their eyes."

19. But we know that as much as the Law says, it says it to those in the Law, in order that every mouth may be shut and that the whole world may be liable to judgment to God.

20. Because out of the works of the Law, all flesh before Him will not be declared righteous, for through the Law is the knowledge of sin.

21. But now apart from the Law, a righteousness of God has been revealed being testified [about] by the Law and the prophets.

22. But the righteousness of God through a faith of Jesus Christ to all those believing. For there is no distinction. (I don't believe we should think this "faith of Jesus Christ" is His faith, i.e. the faith that Jesus has, but it is a faith which has its origin and ownership in Jesus Christ. This is why they translate it in some versions, "a faith in Jesus Christ").

23. For all sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

24. Being justified is a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.

25. Whom God placed before [all] as a means of propitiation through faith in His blood for a showing of His righteousness because of the remission of sins of those previously born.

26. In the forbearance of God, to a demonstration of His righteousness at the present season, that He would be the just One and the One justifying the one from the faith of Jesus.

27. Where then is [any] boasting? It is shut out [in the dark]. Through what such law? Is it from works? No, but it is through a law of faith.

28. For we reckon a man to be justified by faith without the works of the Law.

29. Or is God of the Jews only? No, also of the Gentiles? Yes, even of the Gentiles!

30. Just as God is One, Who will justify the circumcised from faith and the uncircumcised through faith.

31. Therefore do we nullify the Law through faith? May it never be, but we make the law firm. [make it to stand, i.e. establish]