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Romans chapter 1

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Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle and singled out for God's good news--
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which He promised long ago through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures--
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concerning His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who was a descendant of David according to the flesh
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and was established as the powerful Son of God by the resurrection from the dead according to the Spirit of holiness.
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We have received grace and apostleship through Him to bring about the obedience of faith among all the nations, on behalf of His name,
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including yourselves who are also Jesus Christ's by calling:
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To all who are in Rome, loved by God, called as saints. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you because the news of your faith is being reported in all the world.
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For God, whom I serve with my spirit in [telling] the good news about His Son, is my witness that I constantly mention you,
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always asking in my prayers that if it is somehow in God's will, I may now at last succeed in coming to you.
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For I want very much to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you,
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that is, to be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine.
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Now I want you to know, brothers, that I often planned to come to you (but was prevented until now) in order that I might have a fruitful ministry among you, just as among the rest of the Gentiles.
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I am obligated both to Greeks and barbarians, both to the wise and the foolish.
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So I am eager to preach the good news to you also who are in Rome.
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For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God's power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.
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For in it God's righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.
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For God's wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth,
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since what can be known about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to them.
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From the creation of the world His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse.
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For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their senseless minds were darkened.
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Claiming to be wise, they became fools
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and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man, birds, four-footed animals, and reptiles.
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Therefore God delivered them over in the cravings of their hearts to sexual impurity, so that their bodies were degraded among themselves.
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They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served something created instead of the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
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This is why God delivered them over to degrading passions. For even their females exchanged natural sexual intercourse for what is unnatural.
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The males in the same way also left natural sexual intercourse with females and were inflamed in their lust for one another. Males committed shameless acts with males and received in their own persons the appropriate penalty for their perversion.
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And because they did not think it worthwhile to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them over to a worthless mind to do what is morally wrong.
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They are filled with all unrighteousness, evil, greed, and wickedness. They are full of envy, murder, disputes, deceit, and malice. They are gossips,
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slanderers, God-haters, arrogant, proud, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,
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undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, and unmerciful.
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Although they know full well God's just sentence-- that those who practice such things deserve to die-- they not only do them, but even applaud others who practice them.

Romans chapter 2

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Therefore, anyone of you who judges is without excuse. For when you judge another, you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the same things.
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We know that God's judgment on those who do such things is based on the truth.
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Do you really think-- anyone of you who judges those who do such things yet do the same-- that you will escape God's judgment?
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Or do you despise the riches of His kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing that God's kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?
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But because of your hardness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath, when God's righteous judgment is revealed.
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He will repay each one according to his works:
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eternal life to those who by patiently doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;
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but wrath and indignation to those who are self-seeking and disobey the truth, but are obeying unrighteousness;
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affliction and distress for every human being who does evil, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek;
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but glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does good, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.
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There is no favoritism with God.
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All those who sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all those who sinned under the law will be judged by the law.
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For the hearers of the law are not righteous before God, but the doers of the law will be declared righteous.
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So, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, instinctively do what the law demands, they are a law to themselves even though they do not have the law.
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They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts. Their consciences testify in support of this, and their competing thoughts either accuse or excuse them
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on the day when God judges what people have kept secret, according to my gospel through Christ Jesus.
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Now if you call yourself a Jew, and rest in the law, and boast in God,
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and know His will, and approve the things that are superior, being instructed from the law,
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and are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light to those in darkness,
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an instructor of the ignorant, a teacher of the immature, having in the law the full expression of knowledge and truth--
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you then, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach, "You must not steal"-- do you steal?
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You who say, "You must not commit adultery"-- do you commit adultery? You who detest idols, do you rob their temples?
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You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?
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For, as it is written: The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.
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For circumcision benefits you if you observe the law, but if you are a lawbreaker, your circumcision has become uncircumcision.
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Therefore if an uncircumcised man keeps the law's requirements, will his uncircumcision not be counted as circumcision?
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A man who is physically uncircumcised, but who fulfills the law, will judge you who are a lawbreaker in spite of having the letter [of the law] and circumcision.
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For a person is not a Jew who is one outwardly, and [true] circumcision is not something visible in the flesh.
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On the contrary, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart-- by the Spirit, not the letter. His praise is not from men but from God.

Romans chapter 3

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So what advantage does the Jew have? Or what is the benefit of circumcision?
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Considerable in every way. First, they were entrusted with the spoken words of God.
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What then? If some did not believe, will their unbelief cancel God's faithfulness?
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Absolutely not! God must be true, but everyone is a liar, as it is written: That You may be justified in Your words and triumph when You judge.
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But if our unrighteousness highlights God's righteousness, what are we to say? I use a human argument: Is God unrighteous to inflict wrath?
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Absolutely not! Otherwise, how will God judge the world?
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But if by my lie God's truth is amplified to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner?
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And why not say, just as some people slanderously claim we say, "Let us do evil so that good may come"? Their condemnation is deserved!
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What then? Are we any better? Not at all! For we have previously charged that both Jews and Gentiles are all under sin,
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as it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one;
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there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God.
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All have turned away, together they have become useless; there is no one who does good, there is not even one.
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Their throat is an open grave; they deceive with their tongues. Vipers' venom is under their lips.
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Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.
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Their feet are swift to shed blood;
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ruin and wretchedness are in their paths,
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and the path of peace they have not known.
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There is no fear of God before their eyes.
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Now we know that whatever the law says speaks to those who are subject to the law, so that every mouth may be shut and the whole world may become subject to God's judgment.
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For no flesh will be justified in His sight by the works of the law, for through the law [comes] the knowledge of sin.
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But now, apart from the law, God's righteousness has been revealed-- attested by the Law and the Prophets
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-- that is, God's righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, to all who believe, since there is no distinction.
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For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
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They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
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God presented Him as a propitiation through faith in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His restraint God passed over the sins previously committed.
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He presented Him to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be righteous and declare righteous the one who has faith in Jesus.
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Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By one of works? No, on the contrary, by a law of faith.
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For we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from works of law.
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Or is God for Jews only? Is He not also for Gentiles? Yes, for Gentiles too,
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since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith.
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Do we then cancel the law through faith? Absolutely not! On the contrary, we uphold the law.