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is unjust who exerciseth wrath? (I speak as a man :) 6 God forbid! for then, how shall God judge the world? 7 Yet, if God's truth hath the more abounded to his glory through my falsehood, why am I still judged as a sinner? 8 and why should we not say, (as we are slanderously reported to say, and as some affirm that we do say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose condemnation is just. 9 What then 2 are we, Jews, better than others? Not at all; for we have before shewn, that all, both Jews and Gentiles, are under sin; 10 as it is written, “There is “none just, no, not one: 11 “there is none that un“derstandeth, there is none “ that seeketh after God: 12 “they have all gone out “of the way, they are all be“come unprofitable together; “there is none that doeth good, “no, not one : 13 “their throat is an open “ sepulchre; with their tongues “ they have used deceit ; the “poison of asps is under their “lips: 14 “whose mouth is full of “cursing and bitterness: 15 “ their feet are swift to “shed blood : 16 “destruction and misery “are in their ways;
17 “ and the way of peace “they have not known : 18 “there is no fear of God Ps. cxxxi.1. “before their eyes.” 19 Now, we know that what ever the law saith, it speaketh to those who are within the law; that every mouth may be stopped, and that all the world may be brought under the judgment of God: 20 wherefore, by a law of works, no flesh will be justified in his sight; for, by a law, is the recognition of a sin. 21 But now, the justification of God, apart from the law, (which was testified by the law and the prophets,) is manifested, 22 even the justification of God by faith, to all that believe: for there is no distinction: 23 for, all have sinned, and have come short of the glory of God; 24 but they are justified, freely, by his grace, through the redemption that is by Christ Jesus, 25 whom God foreordained, for a propitiation through faith in his blood, 26 to be a proof of his justi-ho fication; by the remission of " " ' past sins, through the forbearance of God: 27 to be a proof of his justification, at the present time; that he might be just, and the justifier of him who believeth in Jesus.
Ps. xiv. 1.
1s, lix. 7. Prow. i. 16.
c. x. 13.
28 Where then is boasting 2 it is excluded: by what law by the law of works no: but by the law of faith. 29 therefore we conclude, that man is justified by faith, apart from a law of works. 30 Is God the God of the Jews only 2 is he not also the God of the Gentiles? yes, of the Gentiles also ; 31 since it is one and the same God, who will justify the circumcision by faith, and the uncircumcision through faith. 32 Do we then annul the law, through faith ? God forbid! but we establish the law.
CHAPTER IV. W HAT, then, shall we say
that our forefather Abra
ham gained, as to the flesh?
2 for, if Abraham was justified by his works, he hath whereof to boast :
3 but, not so before God: for, what saith the scripture? “Abraham believed God, and “it was accounted to him for “justification:”
4 now, to him that worketh, the reward is not accounted a grace, but a debt:
5 but, to him who not worked only, but believed on him who justifieth the ungodly, his faith is accounted for justification:
6 as, also, David declareth the blessedness of the man to whom God imputeth justification, apart from works; 7 saying, “Blessed are they “whose iniquities are forgiven, “ and whose sins are covered : 8 “ blessed is the man, to “whom the Lord will not im“pute sin.” 9 Came that blessedness, then, on the circumcision, or came it on the uncircumcision? for we say, that faith was accounted to Abraham for justification: 10 how then was it accounted? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision ? 11 not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision; and he received the sign of circumcision, as a seal of the justification of his faith when he was in uncircumcision: 12 that he might be the father of all who believe in uncircumcision, that justification may be accounted to them; 13 and the father also of circumcision, to them who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith of our father Abraham, while he was yet in the uncircumcision : 14 for, the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not made to Abraham, or to his seed, through the justification of the law, but through that of faith.
15 For, if they only who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void, and the promise is done away: 16 because, a law worketh wrath : but, where no law is, there is no transgression of it: 17 the promise, therefore, was through the justification of faith, that it might be by grace; in order that it might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham, who is father of us all; 18 as it is written, “I have “made thee a father of many “nations,” in return for that which he believed of God, who maketh the dead to live; and calleth for things that are not, as if they were: 19 who, against hope, believed in hope that he should become the father of many nations, according to that which had been said, “So shall thy “seed be:” 20 and, not being weak in
faith, he considered not his own
body already dead (being about an hundred years old), nor the deadness of Sarah's womb ; 21 and questioned not the promise of God, through unbelief; but was empowered by faith, giving glory to God; 22 and was fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform:
23 wherefore, it was accounted to him for justification. 24 Now, it was not written for his sake alone, That it was so accounted to him; 25 but, for ours also, to whom it will be accounted, if we believe on him who raised from the dead our Lord Jesus; 26 who was delivered for our transgressions, and was raised for our justification.
BEING, therefore, justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; 2 through whom, also, we have access, by faith, into this grace in which we stand; and rejoice, in hope of the glory of God : 3 and not in that only, but we rejoice also in tribulations; knowing, that tribulation worketh patience; 4 and patience, experience; and experience, hope : 5 and hope causeth not to be ashamed, because the love of God is poured out into our hearts, by the Holy Spirit which is given to us;
6 since Christ died for us in v. 20.
due season, while we were yet without strength, and ungodly: 7 for, scarcely would any one die for a just man; yet, per
haps, for a good man, some one might even dare to die; 8 but, God confirmed his love toward us in this; that Christ died for us, while we were yet sinners: 9 much rather then, now that we are justified by his blood, shall we be saved from wrath, through him: 10 for if, when we were his enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled to him, shall we be saved by his life: 11 and not in this only, but we rejoice also in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now obtained the reconciliation. 12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; so also death passed on all men, inasmuch as all have sinned: 13 (for, sin was in the world until the law, but sin is not imputed if there is no law: 14 nevertheless, death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the likeness of Adam's transgression, who is a type of him who was to come:) 15 yet, not as was the transgression, is the free gift: for, if through the transgression of one many have died, much more hath the grace of God, and the gift by grace of one
man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many: 16 and not as it was by one that sinned, is the gift: for, the judgment was of one transgression to condemnation, but the free gift is of many transgressions, to justification: 17 for if, by the transgression of one, death reigned through one; much more will they who receive the abundance of the grace of justification, reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. 18 As, therefore, by the transgression of the one, judgment came on all men to condemnation; even so, by the righteousness of the other, the free gift is come on all men to justification of life: 19 for as, by the disobedience of the one man, many have been rendered sinners; so, by the obedience of the other, will many be rendered just: 20 and the law entered, when the transgression had abounded; but when sin abounded, grace did much more abound: 21 that, as sin had reigned to death, so also grace might reign to eternal life, by justification through Christ Jesus our Lord.
who have died to sin, still live in it? 3 Know ye not, that all of us who have been baptized into Christ, have been baptized into his death? 4 we have, therefore, been buried with him, by baptism, into his death; that, as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we also should walk in newness of life: 5 if then, we have been united with him in the likeness of his death, so also shall we be in that of his resurrection: 6 knowing also this, that our former manhood is crucified with him, that our body of sin may be destroyed; that we should no longer serve sin: 7 for, he who hath so died, is justified from sin. 8 And we believe, that, if we are so dead with Christ, we shall also live with him ; 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dieth no more; death hath no longer dominion over him : 10 for, in that he died, he died to sin, once for all; but, in that he liveth, he liveth to God. 11 And account ye yourselves, to be so dead to sin, but alive to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 Let not sin, therefore, reign in your body thus dead, so as that ye should obey its lusts;
13 neither yield ye your members to sin, as instruments of iniquity: but, yield yourselves to God, as having become alive from the dead; and your members also to God, as instruments of justification: 14 for so, sin will not have dominion over you; for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid 16 know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, ye are his servants whom John, via ye obey; whether of sin to death, or of obedience to justification ? 17 but, thanks be to God, that though ye were the servants of sin, yet ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered to you. 18 When, then, ye were freed from sin, ye became the servants of justification: 19 (I speak according to the manner of men, because of the infirmity of your flesh:) 20 as, therefore, ye have yielded your members to iniquity, as servants of uncleanness and of iniquity; even so, now yield your members to holiness, as servants of justification: 21 for, when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from justification: