The Impartiality of God
1Therefore you have no excuse, #Lit O man, everyone whoeveryone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. 2And we know that the judgment of God #Lit is according to truth againstrightly falls upon those who practice such things. 3But do you suppose this, O man, #Lit who passes judgmentwhen you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God? 4Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? 5But #Or in accordance withbecause of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6who will render to each person according to his deeds: 7to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; 8but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. 9There will be tribulation and distress #Lit uponfor every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek, 10but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11For there is no partiality with God.
12For all who have sinned #Or without lawwithout the Law will also perish #Or without lawwithout the Law, and all who have sinned #Or under lawunder the Law will be judged #Or by lawby the Law; 13for it is not the hearers #Or of lawof the Law who are #Or righteousjust before God, but the doers #Or of lawof the Law will be justified. 14For when Gentiles who do not have #Or lawthe Law do #Lit by natureinstinctively the things of the Law, these, not having #Or lawthe Law, are a law to themselves, 15in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, 16on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.
The Jew Is Condemned by the Law
17But if you bear the name “Jew” and rely #Or upon lawupon the Law and boast in God, 18and know His will and #Or distinguish between the things which differapprove the things that are essential, being instructed out of the Law, 19and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20a #Or instructorcorrector of the foolish, a teacher of #Lit infantsthe immature, having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth, 21you, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who #Or proclaimpreach that one shall not steal, do you steal? 22You who say that one should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23You who boast #Or in lawin the Law, through your breaking the Law, do you dishonor God? 24For “the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you,” just as it is written.
25For indeed circumcision is of value if you practice #Or lawthe Law; but if you are a transgressor #Or of lawof the Law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. 26So if the #Lit uncircumcisionuncircumcised man keeps the requirements of the Law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? 27And he who is physically uncircumcised, if he keeps the Law, will he not judge you who #Lit through the letterthough having the letter of the Law and circumcision are a transgressor #Or of lawof the Law? 28For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. 29But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.