Romans Chapter 3
(Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 The Iewes prerogatiue: 3 which they haue not lost: 9 Howbeit the Law conuinceth them also of sinne: 20 Therefore no flesh is iustified by the Law, 28 but all, without difference, by faith onely: 31 And yet the Law is not abolished.
What aduantage then hath the Iew? or what profit is there of Circumcision?
Much euery way: chiefly, because that vnto them were committed the Oracles of God.
For what if some did not beleeue? shall their vnbeliefe make the faith of God without effect?
God forbid: yea, let God be true, but euery man a lier, as it is written, That thou mightest be iustified in thy sayings, and mightest ouercome when thou art iudged.4
But if our vnrighteousnesse commend the righteousnesse of God, what shall we say? is God vnrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speake as a man)
God forbid: for then how shall God iudge the world?
For if the trueth of God hath more abounded through my lye vnto his glory; why yet am I also iudged as a sinner?
And not rather as wee be slanderously reported, and as some affirme that we say, Let vs doe euill, that good may come: whose damnation is iust.
What then? are wee better then they? No in no wise: for we haue before proued both Iewes, and Gentiles, that they are all vnder sinne,9
As it is written, There is none righteous, no not one:
There is none that vnderstandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
They are all gone out of the way, they are together become vnprofitable, there is none that doeth good, no not one.
Their throat is an open sepulchre, with their tongues they haue vsed deceit, the poyson of Aspes is vnder their lippes:
Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitternesse:
Their feet are swift to shed blood.
Destruction & misery are in their wayes:
And the way of peace haue they not knowen.
There is no feare of God before their eyes.
Now we know that what things soeuer the Law saith, it saith to them who are vnder the Law: that euery mouth may bee stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.19
Therefore by the deedes of the Law, there shall no flesh be iustified in his sight: for by the Law is the knowledge of sinne.
Iustification by faith.
But nowe the righteousnesse of God without the Lawe is manifested, being witnessed by the Lawe and the Prophets.
Euen the righteousnesse of God, which is by faith of Iesus Christ vnto all, and vpon all them that beleeue: for there is no difference:
For all haue sinned, and come short of the glory of God,
Being iustified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Iesus Christ:
Whom God hath set forth to bee a propitiation, through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousnesse for the remission of sinnes, that are past, through the forbearance of God.25
To declare, I say, at this time his righteousnesse: that hee might bee iust, and the iustifier of him which beleeueth in Iesus.
Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what Law? Of works? Nay: but by the Law of faith.
Therefore wee conclude, that a man is iustified by faith, without the deeds of the Law.
Is he the God of the Iewes only? Is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:
Seeing it is one God which shal iustifie the circumcision by faith, and vncircumcision through faith.
Doe we then make void the lawe through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the Law.
Romans Chapter 3 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
9 Gr. charged.
19 Or, subiect to the iudgement of God.
25 Or, foreordeined. , Or, passing ouer.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania