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Romans 2:1-29

2  Wherefore you are inexcusable, man, any man that passes judgment; for in the judgment you pass on the other man you are condemning yourself, for you who pass it are committing the same things. 2  And we know that God’s judgment is truthfully against those who commit such things. 3  And do you count on this, man passing judgment on those who commit such things and doing them, that you will escape God’s judgment? 4  or do you despise his wealth of kindness and tolerance and patience, ignorant of the fact that God’s kindness is leading you toward repentance, 5*  but with your stiffness and unrepenting heart store up for yourself anger on the day of God’s anger and revelation of just judgment? 6  who will repay each man according to his deeds: 7  those who seek for glory and honor and immortality by way of steadfastness in good work, with eternal life; 8  but those who act by self-interest and disobey the truth, but obey wrong, with anger and wrath; 9  distress and anguish upon every soul of evil-doing man, Jew first and Greek too, 10  but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does what is good, Jew first and Greek too, 11  for there is no favoritism with God. 12  For as many as sinned without law will perish without law, and as many as sinned under the law will be judged by the law; 13  for it is not the audience of the law that are righteous with God, but it is the doers of the law that are justified. 14*  For when heathens who do not have the law do by nature what the law commands, these, not having the law, are a law for themselves, 15*  displaying as they do the work of the law in writing on their hearts, their own consciences joining in the testimony and their mutual thoughts bringing accusations or, as the case may be, defenses, 16  on the day in which God is going to judge what is covered up in men, in accordance with my gospel, through Christ Jesus. 17  But if you wear the name of Jew, and rest on the law, and boast of God, 18**  and know his will and are a judge of the things he cares about, being schooled out of the law, 19  and feel assured that you are a guide for blind men, a light for those who are in the dark, 20  a preceptor for silly men, a teacher for infants, having in the law the formulation of knowledge and truth,— 21  then do you who are teaching somebody else not teach yourself? do you who preach not to steal steal? 22  do you who tell them not to commit adultery commit adultery? do you who abominate idols rob temples? 23  do you who boast of the law dishonor God by violation of the law? 24  for God’s name gets vilified among the nations because of you, as is written. 25  For circumcision is worth while if you live up to the law; but if you are a violator of the law your circumcision is turned to uncircumcision. 26  So if uncircumcision keeps the prescriptions of the law, will not his uncircumcision be counted as circumcision, 27  and natural uncircumcision, fulfilling the law, pass judgment on you who with letter and circumcision are a violator of the law? 28  For it is not the one who is visibly such that is a Jew, nor is it the visible, in the flesh, that is circumcision, 29*  but the Jew who is such in what is out of sight, and heart-circumcision in spirit, not in a literal sense; of which the praise comes not from men but from God.


2:5 Lit. in accordance with your stiffness
2:14 Lit. do by nature the things of the law
2:15 Lit. for themselves, who display the
2:18 Lit. know the will
2:18 Lit. of the things that matter, being
2:29 Lit. not in letter