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The People of the Kingdom

(Category 15 of 16)


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God’s Judgment Defended


1 What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision?
2 Much in every way! Chiefly because ato them were committed the 1oracles of God.
3 For what if asome did not believe? bWill their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect?
4 aCertainly not! Indeed, let bGod be 1true but cevery man a liar. As it is written:

d“That You may be justified in Your words, And may overcome when You are judged.”

5 But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unjust who inflicts wrath? a(I speak as a man.)
6 Certainly not! For then ahow will God judge the world?
7 For if the truth of God has increased through my lie to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner?
8 And why not say, a“Let us do evil that good may come”?—as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say. Their 1condemnation is just.

All Have Sinned

9 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that athey are all under sin.
10 As it is written:

a“There is none righteous, no, not one;
11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.
12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.”
13 “Theira throat is an open 1tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; b“The poison of asps is under their lips”;
14 “Whosea mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”
15 “Theira feet are swift to shed blood;
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways;

CHAPTER 3 References

2 aDeut. 4:5–8
3 aHeb. 4:2
b[2 Tim. 2:13] 4 aJob 40:8
b[John 3:33] cPs. 62:9 dPs.
51:4 1Found
5 aGal. 3:15
6 a[Gen. 18:25] 8 aRom. 5:20
1Lit. judgment
9 aGal. 3:22
10 aPs. 14:1–3;
53:1–3; Eccl.
13 aPs. 5:9 bPs.
140:3 1grave
14 aPs. 10:7
15 aProv. 1:16;
Is. 59:7, 8
18 aPs. 36:1
19 aJohn 10:34
bJob 5:16
20 a[Gal. 2:16] 21 aActs 15:11
bJohn 5:46
c1 Pet. 1:10
22 a[Col. 3:11] 1NU omits
and on all
23 aGal. 3:22
24 a[Eph. 2:8] b[Heb. 9:12,
15] 1without
any cost
25 aLev. 16:15
bCol. 1:20
cActs 14:16;
17:30 1mercy
27 a[1 Cor.
1:29] 28 aGal. 2:16
30 a[Gal. 3:8,

CHAPTER 4 References

1 aIs. 51:2
bJames 2:21
according to
the flesh has
2 aRom. 3:20,
3 aGen. 15:6
4 aRom. 11:6
1according to


17 And the way of peace they have not known.”
18 “Therea is no fear of God before their eyes.”

19 Now we know that whatever athe law says, it says to those who are under the law, that bevery mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become 1guilty before God.
20 Therefore aby the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

God’s Righteousness Through Faith

21 But now athe righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, bbeing witnessed by the Law cand the Prophets,
22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all 1and on all who believe. For athere is no difference;
23 for aall have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 being justified 1freely aby His grace bthrough the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
25 whom God set forth aas a 1propitiation bby His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over cthe sins that were previously committed,
26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Boasting Excluded

27 aWhere is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith.
28 Therefore we conclude athat a man is 1justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.
29 Or is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also,
30 since athere is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith.
31 Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.

Abraham Justified by Faith


1 What then shall we say that aAbraham our bfather1 has found according to the flesh?
2 For if Abraham was ajustified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.
3 For what does the Scripture say? a“Abraham believed God, and it was 1accounted to him for righteousness.”
4 Now ato him who works, the wages are not counted 1as grace but 1as debt.

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David Celebrates the Same Truth

5 But to him who adoes not work but believes on Him who justifies bthe ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,
6 just as David also adescribes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:

7 “Blesseda are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered;
8 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin.”

Abraham Justified Before Circumcision

9 Does this blessedness then come upon the circumcised only, or upon the uncircumcised also? For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness.
10 How then was it accounted? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised.
11 And ahe received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that bhe might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also,
12 and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father aAbraham had while still uncircumcised.

The Promise Granted Through Faith

13 For the promise that he would be the aheir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
14 For aif those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect,
15 because athe law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression.
16 Therefore it is of faith that it might be aaccording to grace, bso that the promise might be 1sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, cwho is the father of us all
17 (as it is written, a“I have made you a father of many nations” ) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, bwho gives life to the dead and calls those cthings which do not exist as though they did;
18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to

5 a[Eph. 2:8, 9] bJosh. 24:2
6 aPs. 32:1, 2
7 aPs. 32:1, 2
11 aGen. 17:10
bLuke 19:9
12 aRom.
13 aGen.
17:4–6; 22:17
14 aGal. 3:18
15 aRom. 3:20
16 a[Rom.
3:24] b[Gal.
3:22] cIs. 51:2
17 aGen. 17:5
b[Rom. 8:11] cRom. 9:26
18 aGen. 15:5
19 aGen. 17:17
bHeb. 11:11
21 a[Heb.
11:19] 22 aGen. 15:6
23 aRom. 15:4
24 aActs 2:24
25 aIs. 53:4, 5
b[1 Cor. 15:17]

what was spoken, a“So shall your descendants be.”
19 And not being weak in faith, ahe did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), band the deadness of Sarah’s womb.
20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,
21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised aHe was also able to perform.
22 And therefore a“it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
23 Now ait was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him,
24 but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe ain Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead,
25 awho was delivered up because of our offenses, and bwas raised because of our justification.

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Praising the LORD in His House at Night

A Song of Ascents.

1 BEHOLD, bless the LORD, All you servants of the LORD, Who by night stand in the house of the LORD!

PSALM 134 References

2 a[1 Tim. 2:8]

2 aLift up your hands in the sanctuary, And bless the LORD.
3 The LORD who made heaven and earth Bless you from Zion!




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