17If, because of the one mans trespass, death exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.
18 Therefore just as one mans trespass led to condemnation for all, so one mans act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all.
19For just as by the one mans disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one mans obedience the many will be made righteous.
20But law came in, with the result that the trespass multiplied; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,
21so that, just as sin exercised dominion in death, so grace might also exercise dominion through justification* leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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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10 February 2011