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God is righteous
- Then what is the advantage of the Jew? Or what is the benefit the circumcision?
- Much in every way; primarily that they were entrusted with the oracles of God.
- Then what if some disbelieved? Their unbelief doesn’t nullify the faithfulness of God does it?
- May it never be! But let God be true though every man is a liar; just as it was – and is – written: “that you might be made righteous in your words, and will prevail when you’re to be judged.”(1)quotation/allusion to Psalm 51:4
- But if our unrighteousness proves God’s righteousness, what will we say: is God – the One who inflicts wrath – unrighteous? (I speak as a man might.)
- May it never be! Otherwise, how will God judge the world?
- But if the truth of God overflowed for His glory by my lie, why am I also still judged a sinner?
- And why not say: “let us do evil so good might come”? Just as we’re blasphemously charged with saying and as some report us to say; their condemnation is just.
No man is righteous
- What then, are we better? Not at all! For we previously brought an accusation against both Jews and Greeks that all are under sin.
- Just as it was – and is – written: “There is none righteous, not even one.
- “There is no man who understands, there is no man who seeks God.
- “All have turned away; together they have become like worthless spoiled milk.(2)” they have become like worthless spoiled milk” is one word in Greek, originally referring to milk that had spoiled, and thus was worthless and good for nothing. Thus, this word also has the connotation of being corrupt/spoiled/ruined. There is no man who does good; there isn’t even one.”(3)quotation/allusion to Psalm 14:1-3
- “Their throat is a grave that was – and is – open. Their tongues continually deceive.”(4)quotation/allusion to Psalm 5:9 “An asp’s(5)an “asp” is a highly poisonous snake who’s venom is very often fatal when left untreated. Further, the venom works quickly, making it even more dangerous. venom is under their lips;”(6)quotation/allusion to Psalm 140:3
- “whose mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”(7)quotation/allusion to Psalm 10:7
- “Their feet are swift to spill blood,
- “complete ruin and misery are in their ways,
- “and they haven’t known the way of peace.”(8)quotation/allusion to Isaiah 59:7-8
- “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”(9)quotation/allusion to Psalm 36:1
- Yet we did – and do – know that whatever the law says, it speaks to the men under the law so that every mouth might be stopped, and all the world might be brought to trial being guilty(10)“might be brought to trial being guilty” is one word in Greek. It refers to bringing someone who is guilty to trial to answer for their crimes. It can also refer to the sentence of the condemned. before God.
- Therefore, no flesh will be made righteous in His sight by the works of the law, for through the law comes knowledge of sin.
Righteousness from God through Jesus
- But now, the righteousness of God was – and is – made known apart from the law, being testified of by the law and the prophets;
- the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus the Anointed for all the men who believe. For there’s no distinction,
- for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
- being made righteous by His grace through the liberating ransom payment(11)“the liberating ransom payment” is one word in Greek, typically translated “redemption”. It properly refers to a released secured by paying a ransom. in Jesus the Anointed,
- who God set forth as a propitiation through faith in His blood for a demonstration of His righteousness, by the forbearance of God through the overlooking of sins which were – and are – previously committed,
- for the demonstration of His righteousness in the present season, for Him to be righteous and to make righteous the man whose faith is in Jesus.
- Where then is the boasting? It’s excluded. Because of what Law? Of works? By no means, but through the law of faith.
- For we consider a man to be made righteous by faith apart from the works of the law.
- Or is God only God of the Jews? Isn’t He also God of the gentiles? Yes! Of the gentiles too,
- since there’s one God, who will make the circumcision righteous by faith, and the uncircumcision righteous through the same faith.
- Then, do we nullify the law through faith? May it never be! Instead, we establish the law.
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