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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Romans 2:1-29

2  Therefore you are inexcusable, O man,+ whoever you are, if you judge;+ for in the thing in which you judge another, you condemn yourself, inasmuch as you that judge+ practice the same things.+  Now we know that the judgment of God is, in accord with truth,+ against those who practice such things.  But do you have this idea, O man,+ while you judge those who practice such things and yet you do them, that you will escape the judgment of God?+  Or do you despise the riches of his kindness+ and forbearance+ and long-suffering,+ because you do not know that the kindly [quality] of God is trying to lead you to repentance?*+  But according to your hardness+ and unrepentant heart+ you are storing up wrath+ for yourself on the day of wrath+ and of the revealing+ of God’s righteous judgment.+  And he will render to each one according to his works:+  everlasting life to those who are seeking glory and honor and incorruptibleness+ by endurance in work that is good;  however, for those who are contentious+ and who disobey the truth+ but obey unrighteousness there will be wrath and anger,+  tribulation and distress, upon the soul of every man who works what is injurious, of the Jew+ first and also of the Greek;+ 10  but glory and honor and peace for everyone who works what is good,+ for the Jew first+ and also for the Greek.+ 11  For there is no partiality with God.+ 12  For instance, all those who sinned without law will also perish without law;+ but all those who sinned under law+ will be judged by law.+ 13  For the hearers of law are not the ones righteous before God, but the doers+ of law will be declared righteous.+ 14  For whenever people of the nations+ that do not have law+ do by nature the things of the law,+ these people, although not having law, are a law to themselves. 15  They are the very ones who demonstrate the matter of the law to be written in their hearts,+ while their conscience+ is bearing witness with them and, between their own thoughts, they are being accused+ or even excused. 16  This will be in the day when God through Christ Jesus judges+ the secret+ things of mankind,+ according to the good news I declare.+ 17  If, now, you are a Jew in name+ and are resting upon law+ and taking pride in God,+ 18  and you know his will+ and approve of things that are excellent* because you are orally instructed out of the Law;+ 19  and you are persuaded that you are a guide of the blind,+ a light for those in darkness,+ 20  a corrector of the unreasonable ones,+ a teacher of babes,+ and having the framework*+ of the knowledge and of the truth+ in the Law— 21  do you, however, the one teaching someone else, not teach yourself?+ You, the one preaching “Do not steal,”+ do you steal?+ 22  You, the one saying “Do not commit adultery,”*+ do you commit adultery? You, the one expressing abhorrence of the idols, do you rob+ temples? 23  You, who take pride in law, do you by your transgressing of the Law+ dishonor God? 24  For “the name of God is being blasphemed on account of YOU people among the nations”;+ just as it is written. 25  Circumcision+ is, in fact, of benefit only if you practice law;+ but if you are a transgressor of law, your circumcision+ has become uncircumcision.+ 26  If, therefore, an uncircumcised+ person keeps the righteous requirements+ of the Law, his uncircumcision will be counted as circumcision, will it not?+ 27  And the uncircumcised [person] that is such by nature will, by carrying out the Law, judge you+ who with its written code and circumcision are a transgressor of law. 28  For he is not a Jew who is one on the outside,+ nor is circumcision that which is on the outside upon the flesh.+ 29  But he is a Jew who is one on the inside,+ and [his] circumcision is that of the heart+ by spirit, and not by a written code.+ The praise+ of that one comes, not from men, but from God.+

Footnotes

Lit., “change of mind.”
Or, “and test the things that differ.”
Lit., “form.” Gr., mor′pho·sin.
See 13:9 ftn.