Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure;
I am cleansed from my sin”?(A)

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35 you claim, “I am innocent.(A)
His anger is sure to turn away from me.”
But I will certainly judge you
because you have said, “I have not sinned.”(B)

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The Whole World Guilty before God

What then? Are we any better off?[a] Not at all! For we have already charged that both Jews(A) and Greeks(B) are all under sin,[b](C) 10 as it is written:

There is no one righteous, not even one.
11 There is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away;
all alike have become worthless.
There is no one who does what is good,
not even one.[c](D)
13 Their throat is an open grave;
they deceive with their tongues.[d](E)
Vipers’ venom is under their lips.[e](F)
14 Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.[f](G)
15 Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 ruin and wretchedness are in their paths,
17 and the path of peace they have not known.[g](H)
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.[h](I)

19 Now we know that whatever the law says,(J) it speaks to those who are subject to the law,[i](K) so that every mouth may be shut and the whole world may become subject to God’s judgment.[j](L) 20 For no one will be justified[k] in his sight by the works of the law,(M) because the knowledge of sin comes through the law.(N)

The Righteousness of God through Faith

21 But now, apart from the law, the righteousness of God has been revealed,(O) attested by the Law and the Prophets.[l](P) 22 The righteousness of God is through faith(Q) in Jesus Christ[m](R) to all who believe,(S) since there is no distinction.(T) 23 For all have sinned(U) and fall short of the[n] glory of God;

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Footnotes

  1. 3:9 Are we Jews any better than the Gentiles?
  2. 3:9 Under sin’s power or dominion
  3. 3:10–12 Ps 14:1–3; 53:1–3; Ec 7:20
  4. 3:13 Ps 5:9
  5. 3:13 Ps 140:3
  6. 3:14 Ps 10:7
  7. 3:15–17 Is 59:7–8
  8. 3:18 Ps 36:1
  9. 3:19 Lit those in the law
  10. 3:19 Or become guilty before God, or may be accountable to God
  11. 3:20 Or will be declared righteous, or will be acquitted
  12. 3:21 When capitalized, the Law and the Prophets = OT
  13. 3:22 Or through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ
  14. 3:23 Or and lack the

For we all stumble in many ways.(A) If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is mature, able also to control the whole body.(B)

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