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corruption of the Gentiles. 19 Because that which may working that which is unseemly, be known of God, is manifest and receiving in themselves that in them; for God hath shewed recompense of their error which it unto them. .

was meet. 20 For the invisible things 28 And even as they did not of him from the creation of the like to retain God in their world are clearly seen, being knowledge, God gave them understood by the things that over to a reprobate mind, to do are made, even his eternal power those things which are not and Godhead; so that they are convenient: without excuse :

29 Being filled with all un21 Because that when they righteousness, fornication, wickknew God, they glorified him edness, covetousness, malicious not as God, neither were thank- ness; full of envy, murder, de ful, but became vain in their bate, deceit, malignity; whisimaginations, and their foolish perers, heart was darkened.

30 Backbiters, haters of God, 22 Professing themselves to despiteful, proud, boasters, in be wise, they became fools; ventors of evil things, disobe

23 And changed the glory dient to parents, of the uncorruptible God into 31 Without understanding, an image made like to corrupt- covenant-breakers, without natible man, and to birds, and ural affection, implacable, unfour-footed beasts, and creeping merciful: things:

32 Who, knowing the judg24 Wherefore God also gave ment of God, that they which them up to uncleanness, through commit such things are worthy the lusts of their own hearts, to of death ; not only do the same, dishonour their own bodies be- but have pleasure in them that tween themselves :

do them. 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped | 1 They that sin, though they condemn it in and served the creature more

others, cannot cxcuse themselves, 6 and much

less escape the judgment of God, 9 whether than the Creator, who is blessed they be Jews or Gentiles. 14 The Gentiles for ever. Amen.

cannot escape, 17 nor yet the Jews, 25 whom

their circumcision shall not profit, if they keep 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections

. THEREFORE thou art inexchange the natural use into that thou art, that judgest: for which is against nature : wherein thou judgest another,

27 And likewise also the men, thou condemnest thyself; for leaving the natural use of the thou that judgest, doest the woman, burned in their lust one same things. toward another; men with men ? But we are sure that the


not the law.


God's impartial judgment.

Doers of the law justified. judgment of God is according the law are just before God, to truth, against them which but the doers of the law shall commit such things.

be justified. 3 And thinkest thou this, O 14 For when the Gentiles, man, that judgest them which which have not the law, do by do such things, and doest the nature the things contained in same, that thou shalt escape the the law, these having not the judgment of God?

law, are a law unto themselves. 4 Or despisest thou the riches 15 Which shew the work of of his goodness, and forbearance, the law written in their hearts, and long-suffering; not knowing their conscience also bearing that the goodness of God lead- witness, and their thoughts the eth thee to repentance ? mean while accusing, or else ex

5 But after thy hardness and cusing one another ;) impenitent heart, treasurest up 16 In the day when God unto thyself wrath against the shall judge the secrets of men day of wrath, and revelation of by Jesus Christ, according to the righteous judgment of God; my gospel.

6 Who will render to every 17 Behold, thou art called a man according to his deeds : Jew, and restest in the law,

7 To them who by patient and makest thy boast of God, continuance in well-doing, seek 18 And knowest his will, and for glory, and honour, and im- approvest the things that are mortality ; eternal life :

more excellent, being instructed 8 But unto them that are out of the law, contentious, and do not obey 19 And art confident that the truth, but obey unrighte- thou thyself art a guide of the ousness; indignation and wrath, blind, a light of them which

9 Tribulation and anguish, are in darkness. upon every soul of man that 20 An instructor of the fooldoeth evil; of the Jew first, and ish, a teacher of babes, which also of the Gentile;

hast the form of knowledge, and 10 But glory, honour, and of the truth in the law: peace, to every man that work- 21 Thou therefore which teacheth good ; to the Jew first, and est another, teachest thou not also to the Gentile ;

thyself? thou that preachest, a 11 For there is no respect of man should not steal, dost thou persons with God.

steal? 12 For as many as have sin- 22 Thou that sayest, a man ned without law, shall also per- should not commit adultery, ish without law: and as many dost thou commit adultery? as have sinned in the law, shall thou that abhorrest idols, dost be judged by the law,

thou commit sacrilege? 13 (For not the hearers of 23 Thou that makest thy boast


The Jews' prerogative.

The Jews universally sinners. of the law, through breaking the 4 God forbid : yea, let God law dishonourest thou God? be true, but every man a liar;

24 For the name of God is as it is written, That thou blasphemed among the Gentiles, mightest be justified in thy through you, as it is written. sayings, and mightest overcome

25 For circumcision verily prof- when thou art judged. iteth, if thou keep the law; but 5 But if our unrighteousness if thou be a breaker of the law, commend the righteousness of thy circumcision is made uncir- God, what shall we say? Is cumcision.

God unrighteous who taketh 26 Therefore, if the uncircum- vengeance ? (I speak as a man,) cision keep the righteousness 6 God forbid : for then how of the law, shall not his uncir- shall God judge the world? cumcision be counted for cir- 7 For if the truth of God cumcision?

hath more abounded through 27 And shall not uncircum- | my lie unto his glory; why yet cision which is by nature, if it am I also judged as a sinner? fulfil the law, judge thee, who 8 And not rather (as we be by the letter and circumcision slanderously reported, and as dost transgress the law? some affirm that we say) Let

28 For he is not a Jew, which us do evil, that good may come ? is one outwardly; neither is that whose damnation is just. circumcision, which is outward 9 What then? are we better in the flesh:

than they ? No, in no wise: for 29 But he is a Jew which is we have before proved both one inwardly; and circumcision Jews and Gentiles, that they is that of the heart, in the spir- are all under sin; it, and not in the letter; whose 10 As it is written, There is praise is not of men, but of God. none righteous, no, not one :

11 There is none that under1 The Jews' prerogative : 3 which they have standeth, there is none that

also of sin ; 20 therefore no flesh is justi- seeketh after God. fied by the law, 28 but all, without differ

12 They are all gone out of ence, by faith only: 31 and yet the law is

the way, they are together beTHAT advantage then come unprofitable: there is none

hath the Jew? or what that doeth good, no, not one. profit is there of circumcision ? 13 Their throat is an open

2 Much every way: chiefly, sepulchre; with their tongues because that unto them were they have used deceit; the poicommitted the oracles of God. son of asps is under their lips :

3 For what if some did not 14 Whose mouth is full of believe? shall their unbelief cursing and bitterness. make the faith of God without 15 Their feet are swift to effect?

shed blood.


not lost : 9 howobeit the law convinceth them


not abolished.



No flesh justified by the law, CHAP. IV.

but all by faith only. 16 Destruction and misery 28 Therefore we conclude, that are in their ways ::

a man is justified by faith with17 And the way of peace have out the deeds of the law. they not known.

29 Is he the God of the Jews 18 There is no fear of God only? is he not also of the before their eyes.

Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles 19 Now we know that what also: things soever the law saith, it 30 Seeing it is one God which saith to them who are under shall justify the circumcision the law : that every mouth may by faith, and uncircumcision be stopped, and all the world through faith. may become guilty before God. 31 Do we then make void the

20 Therefore by the deeds of law through faith? God forbid : the law, there shall no flesh be yea, we establish the law. justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

1 Abraham's faith was imputed to him for

righteousness, 10 before he was circumcised. 21 But now the righteousness

13 By faith only he and his seed received of God without the law is the promise. 16. Abraham is the father of

all that believe. 24 Our faith also shall be manifested, being witnessed by

imputed to us for righteousness. the law and the prophets ; W!

HAT shall we then say 22. Even the righteousness of that Abraham, our faGod, which is by faith of Jesus ther as pertaining to the flesh. Christ unto all, and upon all hath found? them that believe ; for there is 2 For if Abraham were justino difference:

fied by works, he hath whereof 23 For all have sinned, and to glory, but not before God. come short of the glory of God; 3 For what saith the scrip

24 Being justified freely by ture ? Abraham believed God, his grace, through the redemp- and it was counted unto him tion that is in Christ Jesus: for righteousness.

25 Whom God hath set forth 4 Now to him that worketh, to be a propitiation, through is the reward not reckoned of faith in his blood, to declare grace, but of debt. his righteousness for the remis- 5 But to him that work eth sion of sins that are past, not, but believeth on him that through the forbearance of God; justifieth the ungodly, his faith

26 To declare, I say, at this is counted for righteousness. time his righteousness: that he 6 Even as David also descrimight be just, and the justifier beth the blessedness of the man of him which believeth in Jesus. unto whom God imputeth righ

27 Where is boasting then? teousness without works, It is excluded By what law? 7 Saying, Blessed are they of works ? Nay; but by the law whose iniquities are forgiven, of faith

and whose sins are covered.

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Abraham's faith imputed


to him for righteousness. 8 Blessed is the man to whom the end the promise might be

1 the Lord will not impute sin. sure to all the seed: not to that

9 Cometh this blessedness then only which is of the law, but to upon the circumcision only, or that also which is of the faith upon the uncircumcision also ? of Abraham, who is the father For we say that faith was reck- of us all, oned to Abraham for righteous- 17 (As it is written, I have

made thee a father of many 10 How was it then reckon-nations) before him whom he ed? when he was in circumcis- believed, even God, who quickion, or in uncircumcision ? Not eneth the dead, and calleth in circumcision, but in uncir- those things which be not, as cumcision.

though they were. 11 And he received the sign 18 Who against hope believof circumcision, a seal of the ed in hope, that he might berighteousness of the faith which come the father of many nahe had yet being uncircumcised: tions; according to that which that he might be the father of was spoken, So shall thy seed all them that believe, though be. they be not circumcised, that 19 And being not weak in righteousness might be imputed faith, he considered not his own unto them also:

body now dead, when he was 12 And the father of circum- about an hundred years old, cision to them who are not of neither yet the deadness of Sathe circumcision only, but who rah's womb. also walk in the - steps of that 20

20 He staggered not at the faith of our father Abraham, promise of God through unbewhich he had being yet uncir- lief; but was strong in faith, cumcised.

giving glory to God; 13 For the promise that he 21 And being fully persuadshould be the heir of the world ed, that what he had promised, was not to Abraham, or to his he was able also to perform. seed, through the law, but 22 And therefore it was imthrough the righteousness of puted to him for righteousness. faith.

23 Now it was not written 14 For if they which are of for his sake alone, that it was the law be heirs, faith is made imputed to him; void, and the promise made of 24 But for us also, to whom none effect.

it shall be imputed, if we be15 Because the law worketh i lieve on him that raised


Jewrath : for where no law is, there sus our Lord from the dead, is no transgression.

25 Who was delivered for our 16 Therefore it is of faith, offences, and was raised again that it might be by grace; to 1 for our justification.

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