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9What then? Are we any better off?#3:9 Are we Jews any better than the Gentiles? Not at all! For we have already charged that both Jews#Rm 2:1-29 and Gentiles#3:9 Lit Greeks#Rm 1:18-32 are all under sin,#3:9 Under sin’s power or dominion#Rm 3:19,23; 11:32; Gl 3:22 10as it is written:
There is no one righteous, not even one.
11 There is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away;
all alike have become worthless.
There is no one who does what is good,
not even one. # 3:10-12 Ps 14:1-3; 53:1-3; Ec 7:20 # Ps 14:1-3; 53:1-3; Ec 7:20
13 Their throat is an open grave;
they deceive with their tongues. # 3:13 Ps 5:9 # Ps 5:9
Vipers’ venom is under their lips. # 3:13 Ps 140:3 # Ps 140:3
14 Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. # 3:14 Ps 10:7 # Ps 10:7
15 Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 ruin and wretchedness are in their paths,
17 and the path of peace they have not known. # 3:15-17 Is 59:7-8 # Is 59:7-8
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes. # 3:18 Ps 36:1 # Ps 36:1
19Now we know that whatever the law says,#Jn 10:34 it speaks to those who are subject to the law,#3:19 Lit those in the law#Rm 2:12 so that every mouth may be shut and the whole world may become subject to God’s judgment.#3:19 Or become guilty before God, or may be accountable to God#Rm 2:9 20For no one will be justified#3:20 Or will be declared righteous, or will be acquitted in his sight by the works of the law,#Ps 143:2; Ac 13:39; Gl 2:16 because the knowledge of sin comes through the law.#Rm 4:15; 5:13,20; 7:7
The Righteousness of God through Faith
21But now, apart from the law, the righteousness of God has been revealed,#Rm 1:17; 9:30 attested by the Law and the Prophets.#3:21 When capitalized, the Law and the Prophets = OT#Ac 10:43; Rm 1:2 22The righteousness of God is through faith#Rm 4:5 in Jesus Christ#3:22 Or through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ#Ac 3:16; Gl 2:16,20; 3:22; Eph 3:12 to all who believe,#Rm 4:11,16; 10:4 since there is no distinction.#Rm 10:12; Gl 3:28; Col 3:11 23For all have sinned#Rm 3:9 and fall short of the#3:23 Or and lack the glory of God. 24They are justified freely by his grace#Rm 4:4,16; Eph 2:8 through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.#1Co 1:30; Eph 1:7; Col 1:14; Heb 9:15 25God presented him as an atoning sacrifice#3:25 Or a propitiation, or a place of atonement#1Jn 2:2; 4:10 in his blood,#1Co 5:7; Heb 9:14,28; 1Pt 1:19; Rv 1:5 received through faith, to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his restraint God#Rm 2:4 passed over the sins previously committed.#Ac 17:30; 14:16 26God presented him to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so that he would be righteous and declare righteous#3:26 Or and justify, or and acquit the one who has faith in Jesus.
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