25 Circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law; but if you break the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. 26So, if those who are uncircumcised keep the requirements of the law, will not their uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? 27Then those who are physically uncircumcised but keep the law will condemn you that have the written code and circumcision but break the law. 28For a person is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is true circumcision something external and physical. 29Rather, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly, and real circumcision is a matter of the heartit is spiritual and not literal. Such a person receives praise not from others but from God.
3Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision?
2Much, in every way. For in the first place the Jews* were entrusted with the oracles of God.
3What if some were unfaithful? Will their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God?
4By no means! Although everyone is a liar, let God be proved true, as it is written,
So that you may be justified in your words,
and prevail in your judging.*
5But if our injustice serves to confirm the justice of God, what should we say? That God is unjust to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.) 6By no means! For then how could God judge the world? 7But if through my falsehood Gods truthfulness abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner? 8And why not say (as some people slander us by saying that we say), Let us do evil so that good may come? Their condemnation is deserved!
9 What then? Are we any better off?* No, not at all; for we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under the power of sin,
10as it is written:
There is no one who is righteous, not even one;
11 there is no one who has understanding,
there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned aside, together they have become worthless;
there is no one who shows kindness,
there is not even one.
13 Their throats are opened graves;
they use their tongues to deceive.
The venom of vipers is under their lips.
14 Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.
15 Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 ruin and misery are in their paths,
17 and the way of peace they have not known.
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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