The Jews are censured, who make their boast of the law, and keep it not. He declares who are the true Jews.
WHEREFORE you are inexcusable, O man, whosoever you are that judge. For wherein you judge another, you condemn yourself. For you do the same things which you judge.
2 For we know that the judgment of God is, according to truth, against them that do such things.
3 And think you this, O man, that judge them who do such things, and do the same, that you shall escape the judgment of God?
4 Or despise you the riches of his goodness, and patience, and longsuffering? know you not, that the benignity of God leads you to penance?
5 But according to your hardness and impenitent heart, you treasure up to yourself wrath, against the day of wrath, and revelation of the just judgment of God.
6 Who will render to every man according to his works.
7 To them indeed, who according to patience in good work, seek glory and honour and incorruption, eternal life:
8 But to them that are contentious, and who obey not the truth, but give credit to iniquity, wrath and indignation.
9 Tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man that works evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Greek.
10 But glory, and honour, and peace to every one that works good, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
12 For whosoever have sinned without the law, shall perish without the law; and whosoever 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.
14 For when the Gentiles, who have not the law, do by nature those things that are of the law; these having not the law are a law to themselves:
15 Who shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness to them, and their thoughts between themselves accusing, or also defending one another,
16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.
17 But if you are called a Jew and rest in the law, and make your boast of God,
18 And know his will, and approve the more profitable things, being instructed by the law,
19 Are confident that you yourself are a guide of the blind, a light of them that are in darkness,
20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, having the form of knowledge and of truth in the law.
21 You therefore that teach another, teach not yourself: you that preach that men should not steal, steal:
22 You that say, men should not commit adultery, commit adultery: you that abhor idols, commit sacrilege:
23 You that make your boast of the law, by transgression of the law dishonour God.
24 (For the name of God through you is blasphemed among the Gentiles, as it is written.)
25 Circumcision profits indeed, if you keep the law; but if you be a transgressor of the law, your circumcision is made uncircumcision.
26 If, then, the uncircumcised keep the justices of the law, shall not this uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?
27 And shall not that which by nature is uncircumcision, if it fulfil the law, judge you, who by the letter and circumcision are a transgressor of the law?
28 For it is not he is a Jew, who is so outwardly; nor is that circumcision which is outwardly in the flesh:
29 But he is a Jew, that is one inwardly; and the circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.