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The Impartiality of God

1 Therefore you have ano excuse, Ibeveryone of you who passes judgment, for in that which cyou judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. 2 And we know that the judgment of God Irightly falls upon those who practice such things. 3 But do you suppose this, aO man, Iwhen you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same [yourself], that you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or do you think lightly of athe riches of His bkindness and ctolerance and dpatience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? 5 But Ibecause of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart ayou are storing up wrath for yourself bin the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6 awho WILL RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS: 7 to those who by aperseverance in doing good seek for bglory and honor and cimmortality, deternal life; 8 but to those who are aselfishly ambitious and bdo not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. 9 [There will be] atribulation and distress Ifor every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew bfirst and also of the Greek, 10 but aglory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew bfirst and also to the Greek. 11 For athere is no partiality with God.

[1] ILit O man, everyone who aRo 1:20 bLk 12:14; Ro 2:3; 9:20 c2S 12:5-7; Mt 7:1; Lk 6:37; Ro 14:22
[2] ILit is according to truth against
[3] ILit who passes judgment aLk 12:14; Ro 2:1; 9:20
[4] aRo 9:23; 11:33; 2Co 8:2; Ep 1:7, 18; 2:7; Php 4:19; Col 1:27; 2:2; Tit 3:6 bRo 11:22 cRo 3:25 dEx 34:6; Ro 9:22; 1Ti 1:16; 1P 3:20; 2P 3:9, 15
[5] IOr in accordance with aDt 32:34f; Pv 1:18 bPs 110:5; 2Co 5:10; 2Th 1:5; Jde 6
[6] aPs 62:12; Pv 24:12; Mt 16:27
[7] aLk 8:15; He 10:36 bRo 2:10; He 2:7; 1P 1:7 c1Co 15:42, 50, 53f; Ep 6:24; 2Ti 1:10 dMt 25:46
[8] a2Co 12:20; Ga 5:20; Php 1:17; 2:3; Jm 3:14, 16 b2Th 2:12
[9] ILit upon aRo 8:35 bAc 3:26; Ro 1:16; 1P 4:17
[10] aRo 2:7; He 2:7; 1P 1:7 bRo 2:9
[11] aDt 10:17; Ac 10:34

12 ¶ For all who have sinned Iawithout the Law will also perish Iwithout the Law, and all who have sinned IIunder the Law will be judged IIIby the Law; 13 for [it is] anot the hearers Iof the Law [who] are IIjust before God, but the doers Iof the Law will be justified. 14 For when Gentiles who do not have Ithe Law do IIainstinctively the things of the Law, these, not having Ithe Law, are a law to themselves, 15 in that they show athe work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, 16 on the day when, aaccording to my gospel, bGod will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.

[12] IOr without law IIOr under law IIIOr by law aAc 2:23; 1Co 9:21
[13] IOr of law IIOr righteous aMt 7:21, 24ff; Jn 13:17; Jm 1:22f, 25
[14] IOr law IILit by nature aAc 10:35; Ro 1:19; 2:15
[15] aRo 2:14, 27
[16] aRo 16:25; 1Co 15:1; Ga 1:11; 1Ti 1:11; 2Ti 2:8 bAc 10:42; 17:31; Ro 3:6; 14:10

The Jew Is Condemned by the Law

17 ¶ But if you bear the name “Jew” and arely Iupon the Law and boast in God, 18 and know [His] will and Iaapprove the things that are essential, being instructed out of the Law, 19 and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 a Icorrector of the foolish, a teacher of IIthe immature, having in the Law athe embodiment of knowledge and of the truth, 21 you, therefore, awho teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who Ipreach that one shall not steal, do you steal? 22 You who say that one should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you arob temples? 23 You who aboast Iin the Law, through your breaking the Law, do you dishonor God? 24 For “aTHE NAME OF GOD IS BLASPHEMED AMONG THE GENTILES bBECAUSE OF YOU,” just as it is written.

[17] IOr upon law aMi 3:11; Jn 5:45; Ro 2:23; 9:4
[18] IOr distinguish between the things which differ aPhp 1:10
[20] IOr instructor IILit infants aRo 3:31; 2Ti 1:13
[21] IOr proclaim aMt 23:3ff
[22] aAc 19:37
[23] IOr in law aMi 3:11; Jn 5:45; Ro 2:17; 9:4
[24] aIs 52:5; Ezk 36:20ff b2P 2:2

25 ¶ For indeed circumcision is of value if you apractice Ithe Law; but if you are a transgressor IIof the Law, byour circumcision has become uncircumcision. 26 aSo if bthe Iuncircumcised man ckeeps the requirements of the Law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? 27 And ahe who is physically uncircumcised, if he keeps the Law, will he not bjudge you who Ithough having the letter [of the Law] and circumcision are a transgressor IIof the Law? 28 For ahe is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. 29 But ahe is a Jew who is one inwardly; and bcircumcision is that which is of the heart, by the cSpirit, not by the letter; dand his praise is not from men, but from God.

[25] IOr law IIOr of law aRo 2:13f, 27 bJr 4:4; 9:25f
[26] ILit uncircumcision a1Co 7:19 bRo 3:30; Ep 2:11 cRo 2:25, 27; 8:4
[27] ILit through the letter IIOr of law aRo 3:30; Ep 2:11 bMt 12:41
[28] aJn 8:39; Ro 2:17; 9:6; Ga 6:15
[29] aPhp 3:3; Col 2:11 bDt 30:6 cRo 2:27; 7:6; 2Co 3:6 dJn 5:44; 12:43; 1Co 4:5; 2Co 10:18


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They that sin, though they condemn it in others, cannot excuse themselves,

1 ¶ Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. 2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. 3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? 4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? 5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

[1] 2S 12:5; Ps 50:16; Mt 7:1; 23:29; Lk 6:37; 19:22; Jn 8:7; Ro 1:18; 2:3, 21, 26; 9:20; 1Co 7:16; Jm 2:20; 4:11.
[2] Gn 18:25; Jb 34:17, 23; Ps 9:4, 7; 11:5; 36:5; 96:13; 98:9; 145:17; Is 45:19, 21; Jr 12:1; Ezk 18:25, 29; Dn 4:37; Zp 3:5; Ac 17:31; Ro 2:5; 3:4; 9:14; 2Th 1:5; Rv 15:3; 16:5; 19:2.
[3] 2S 10:3; Jb 35:2; Ps 50:21; 56:7; Pv 11:21; 16:5; Ezk 17:15, 18; Dn 10:19; Mt 23:33; 26:53; Lk 12:14; 22:58, 60; Ro 1:32; 2:1; 1Th 5:3; He 2:3; 12:25.
[4] Ex 34:6; Nu 14:18; Jb 33:27; Ps 10:11; 78:38; 86:5, 15; 104:24; 130:3; Ec 8:11; Is 30:18; 63:7; Jr 3:12, 22; 7:10; Ezk 12:22; 16:63; Ho 3:5; Jna 4:2; Mt 24:48; Lk 15:17; 19:5; Ro 3:25; 6:1, 15; 9:22, 23; 10:12; 11:33; Ep 1:7, 18; 2:4, 7; 3:8, 16; Php 4:19; Col 1:27; 2:2; 1Ti 1:16; 6:17; Tit 3:4; 1P 3:20; 2P 3:3, 9, 15; Rv 3:20.
[5] Ex 8:15; 14:17; Dt 2:30; 32:34; Jsh 11:20; 1S 6:6; 2Ch 30:8; 36:13; Jb 21:30; Ps 95:8; Pv 11:4; 29:1; Ec 12:14; Is 48:4; Ezk 3:7; Dn 5:20; Am 3:10; Zc 7:11; Ro 1:18; 2:2; 9:22; 11:25; He 3:13, 15; 4:7; Jm 5:3; 2P 2:9; 3:7; Rv 6:17.

and much less escape the judgments of God,

6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: 8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,

[6] Jb 34:11; Ps 62:12; Pv 24:2; Is 3:10; Jr 17:10; 32:19; Ezk 18:30; Mt 16:27; 25:34; Ro 14:22; 1Co 3:8; 4:5; 2Co 5:10; Ga 6:7; Rv 2:23; 20:12; 22:12.
[7] Jb 17:9; Ps 27:14; 37:3, 34; Lm 3:25; Mt 24:12; Lk 8:15; Jn 5:44; 6:66; Ro 6:23; 8:18, 24; 9:23; 1Co 15:53, 58; 2Co 4:16; Ga 6:9; Col 1:27; 2Ti 1:10; 4:7; He 6:12, 15; 10:35; Jm 5:7; 1P 1:7; 4:13; 1Jn 2:25; Rv 2:10.
[8] Jb 24:13; Ps 90:11; Pv 13:10; Is 50:10; Na 1:6; Jn 3:18; Ro 1:18; 6:17; 9:22; 10:16; 15:18; 1Co 11:16; 2Th 1:8; 2:10; 1Ti 6:3; Tit 3:9; He 3:12; 5:9; 10:27; 11:8; 1P 3:1; 4:17; Rv 14:10; 16:19.

whether they be Jews or Gentiles.

9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God. 12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 13 (For not the hearers of the law [are] just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

[9] Pv 1:27; Ezk 18:4; Am 3:2; Mt 11:20; 16:26; Lk 2:30; 12:47; 24:47; Ac 3:26; 11:18; 13:26, 46; 18:5; 20:21; 26:20; 28:17, 28; Ro 1:16; 2:10; 3:29; 4:9; 9:24; 10:12; 15:8; Ga 2:15; 3:28; Ep 2:11; Col 3:11; 2Th 1:6; 1P 4:17.
[10] Nu 6:26; 1S 2:30; Jb 22:21; Ps 15:2; 29:11; 37:37; 112:6; Pv 3:16; 4:7; 8:18; 11:18; Is 26:12; 32:17; 48:18, 22; 55:12; 57:19; Jr 33:6; Mt 10:13; Lk 1:79; 9:48; 12:37; 19:42; 22:14; Jn 12:26; 14:27; 16:33; Ac 10:35; Ro 2:7; 5:1; 8:6; 9:21, 23; 14:17; 15:13; Ga 5:6, 22; Php 4:7; Jm 2:22; 3:13; 1P 1:7; 5:4.
[11] Dt 10:17; 16:19; 2Ch 19:7; Jb 34:19; Pv 24:23; Mt 22:16; Lk 20:21; Ac 10:34; Ga 2:6; 6:7; Ep 6:9; Col 3:25; 1P 1:17.
[12] Dt 27:26; Ezk 16:49; Mt 11:22, 24; Lk 10:12; 12:47; Jn 19:11; Ac 17:30; Ro 1:18, 32; 2:14, 16; 3:19; 4:15; 7:7; 8:3; 2Co 3:7; Ga 2:16; 3:10, 22; Jm 2:10; Rv 20:12.
[13] Dt 4:1; 5:1; 6:3; 30:12; Ps 143:2; Ezk 20:11; 33:30; Mt 7:21; Lk 8:21; 10:25; 18:14; Ac 13:39; Ro 2:25; 3:20, 23, 30; 4:2; 10:5; Ga 2:16; 3:11; 5:4; Jm 1:22; 2:21; 1Jn 2:29; 3:7.

The Gentiles cannot escape,

14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and [their] thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) 16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

[14] Dt 4:7; Ps 147:19; Ac 14:16; 17:30; Ro 1:19, 32; 2:12, 27; 3:1; 1Co 11:14; Ep 2:12; Php 4:8.
[15] Gn 3:8; 20:5; 42:21; 1K 2:44; Jb 27:6; Ec 7:22; Jn 8:9; Ac 23:1; 24:16; Ro 1:18; 9:1; 2Co 1:12; 5:11; 1Ti 4:2; Tit 1:15; 1Jn 3:19.
[16] Gn 18:25; Ps 9:7; 50:6; 96:13; 98:9; Ec 3:17; 11:9; 12:14; Mt 16:27; 25:31; Lk 8:17; Jn 5:22; 12:48; Ac 10:42; 17:31; Ro 2:5; 3:6; 14:10; 16:25; 1Co 4:5; 2Co 5:10; 1Ti 1:11; 2Ti 2:8; 4:1, 8; He 9:27; 1P 4:5; 2P 2:9; Rv 20:11.

nor yet the Jews,

17 Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God, 18 And knowest [his] will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law; 19 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness, 20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law. 21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? 22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege? 23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God? 24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.

[17] Ps 135:4; Is 45:25; 48:1, 2; Jr 7:4; Mi 3:11; Zp 3:11; Mt 3:9; 8:11; Lk 10:28; Jn 5:45; 7:19; 8:33, 41; 9:28; Ro 2:23, 28; 9:4, 32; 2Co 11:22; Ga 2:15; Ep 2:11; Php 3:3; Rv 2:9; 3:1, 9.
[18] Dt 4:8; Ne 9:13; Ps 19:8; 119:98, 104, 130; 147:19; Pv 6:23; Lk 12:47; Jn 13:17; Ro 15:4; 1Co 8:1; Php 1:10; 1Th 5:21; 2Ti 3:15; He 5:14; Jm 4:17.
[19] Pv 26:12; Is 5:21; 49:6, 9; 56:10; Mt 4:16; 5:14; 6:23; 15:14; 23:16; Mk 10:15; Lk 1:79; Jn 7:46; 9:34, 40; Ac 26:18; 1Co 3:18; 4:10; 8:1; Php 2:15; Rv 3:17.
[20] Mt 11:25; Ro 6:17; 1Co 3:1; 2Ti 1:13; 3:5; Tit 1:16; He 5:13; 1P 2:2.
[21] Ps 50:16; Is 56:11; Ezk 22:12, 27; Am 8:4; Mi 3:11; Mt 21:13; 23:3, 14; Lk 4:23; 11:46; 12:47; 19:22; 1Co 9:27; Ga 6:13; Tit 2:1.
[22] Jr 5:7; 7:9; 9:2; Ezk 22:11; Mal 1:8, 14; 3:8; Mt 12:39; 16:4; Mk 11:17; Jm 4:4.
[23] Jr 8:8; Mt 19:17; Lk 10:26; 18:11; Jn 5:45; 9:28; Ro 2:17; 3:2; 9:4; Jm 1:22; 4:16.
[24] 2S 12:14; Is 52:5; Lm 2:15; Ezk 36:20; Mt 18:7; 1Ti 5:14; 6:1; Tit 2:5, 8.

whom their circumcision shall not profit, if they keep not the Law.

25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision. 26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision? 27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law? 28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither [is that] circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 29 But he [is] a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision [is that] of the heart, in the spirit, [and] not in the letter; whose praise [is] not of men, but of God.

[25] Dt 30:6; Jr 4:4; 9:25; Ac 7:51; Ro 2:23, 28; 3:1; 4:11; Ga 5:3; 6:15; Ep 2:11.
[26] Is 56:6; Mt 8:11; 15:28; Ac 10:2, 34; 11:3; 1Co 7:18; Php 3:3; Col 2:11.
[27] Ezk 16:48; Mt 3:15; 5:17; 12:41; Ac 13:22; Ro 2:20, 29; 7:6; 8:4; 13:10; 2Co 3:6; Ga 5:14; He 11:3.
[28] Ps 73:1; Is 1:9; 48:1; Jr 9:26; Ho 1:6; Mt 3:9; Jn 1:47; 8:37; Ro 4:10; 9:6; Ga 6:15; 1P 3:21; Rv 2:9.
[29] Dt 10:16; 30:6; 1S 16:7; 1Ch 29:17; Ps 45:13; Jr 4:4, 14; Mt 23:25; Lk 11:39; 17:21; Jn 3:5; 4:23; 5:44; 12:43; Ro 2:27; 7:6; 14:17; 1Co 4:5; 2Co 3:6; 10:18; Php 3:3; Col 2:11; 1Th 2:4; 1P 3:4.


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