“Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?”
King James Version (KJV)
2:26 If the uncircumcision - That is, a person uncircumcised. Keep the law - Walk agreeably to it. Shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision - In the sight of God?
Ro 2:26 Therefore. The converse of this is also true. If the Jewish law-breaker can annul his circumcision thus, then if the uncircumcision, the Gentiles, keepeth the righteousness of the law, his uncircumcised state will not be counted against him. Shall not his uncircumcision we counted for circumcision? He supposes the possible case of a Gentile who might render such an obedience to the moral precepts of the law as a pious Jews could render, and argues that his uncircumcision would not make the obedience less acceptable. Circumcision is not, then, the thing that the Gentile needs, but righteousness. The disobedient Jew virtually becomes a Gentile, and the obedient Gentile virtually becomes a Jew.