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1What then is the advantage of the Yehuḏite, or what is the value of the circumcision?
2Much in every way! Because firstly indeed, that they were entrusted with the Words of Elohim.#See 2:20.
3For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief nullify the trustworthiness of Elohim?
4Let it not be! But let Elohim be true, and every man a liar, as it has been written, “That You should be declared right in Your words, and prevail in Your judging.”
5But if our unrighteousness establishes the righteousness of Elohim, what shall we say? Is Elohim unrighteous who is inflicting wrath? I speak as a man.
6Let it not be! Otherwise how shall Elohim judge the world?
7For if the truth of Elohim has increased through my lie, to His esteem, why am I also still judged as a sinner?
8And why not say, “Let us do evil so that the good might come”? – as we are wrongly accused and as some claim that we say. Their judgment is in the right.
9What then? Are we better than they? Not at all, for we have previously accused both Yehuḏim and Greeks that they are all under sin.
10As it has been written, “There is none righteous, no, not one!
11“There is no one who is understanding, there is none who is seeking Elohim.
12“They all have turned aside, they have together become worthless. There is none who does good, no, not one.”
13“Their throat is an open tomb, with their tongues they have deceived,” “The poison of adders is under their lips,”
14“Whose mouth is filled with cursing and bitterness.”
15“Their feet are swift to shed blood,
16ruin and wretchedness are in their ways,
17and the way of peace they have not known.”
18“There is no fear of Elohim before their eyes.”
19And we know that whatever the Torah says, it says to those who are in the Torah, so that every mouth might be stopped, and all the world come under judgment before Elohim.
20Therefore by works of Torah no flesh shall be declared right before Him, for by the Torah is the knowledge of sin.#Ex. 20:20, Rom. 4:15, Rom. 7:7.
21But now, apart from the Torah, a righteousness of Elohim has been revealed, being witnessed by the Torah and the Prophets,
22and the righteousness of Elohim is through belief in יהושע Messiah to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference,
23for all have sinned and fall short of the esteem of Elohim,
24being declared right, without paying, by His favour through the redemption which is in Messiah יהושע,
25whom Elohim set forth as an atonement, through belief in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His tolerance Elohim had passed over the sins that had taken place before,
26to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He is righteous and declares righteous the one who has belief in יהושע.
27Where, then, is the boasting? It is shut out. By what Torah? Of works? No, but by the Torah of belief.
28For we reckon that a man is declared right by belief without works of Torah.
29Or is He the Elohim of the Yehuḏim only, and not also of the gentiles? Yea, of the gentiles also,
30since it is one Elohim who shall declare right the circumcised by belief and the uncircumcised through belief.
31Do we then nullify the Torah through the belief? Let it not be! On the contrary, we establish the Torah.#See 7:12.
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