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Romans 3

All the World Guilty

1Then what is the advantage of the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? Great in every respect. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God [His very [a]words]. What then? If some did not believe or were unfaithful [to God], their lack of belief will not nullify and make invalid the faithfulness of God and His word, will it? Certainly not! Let God be found true [as He will be], though every person be found a liar, just as it is written [in Scripture],

That You may be justified in Your words,
And prevail when You are judged [by sinful men].”

But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? God is not wrong to inflict His wrath [on us], is He? (I am speaking in purely human terms.) Certainly not! For otherwise, how will God judge the world? But [as you might say] if through my lie God’s truth was magnified and abounded to His glory, why am I still being judged as a sinner? And why not say, (as some slanderously report and claim that we teach) “Let us do evil so that good may come of it”? Their condemnation [by God] is just.

Well then, are we [Jews] better off than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks (Gentiles) are under the control of sin and subject to its power. 10 As it is written and forever remains written,

There is none righteous [none that meets God’s standard], not even one.
11 
There is none who understands,
There is none who seeks for God.
12 
All have turned aside, together they have become useless;
There is none who does good, no, not one.”
13 
Their throat is an open grave;
They [habitually] deceive with their tongues.”
The venom of asps is beneath their lips.”
14 
Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”
15 
Their feet are swift to shed blood,
16 
Destruction and misery are in their paths,
17 
And they have not known the path of peace.”
18 
There is no fear of God [and His awesome power] before their eyes.”

19 Now we know that whatever the Law [of Moses] says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that [the excuses of] every mouth may be silenced [from protesting] and that all the world may be held accountable to God [and subject to His judgment]. 20 For no [b]person will be justified [freed of guilt and declared righteous] in His sight by [trying to do] the works of the Law. For through the Law we become conscious of sin [and the recognition of sin directs us toward repentance, but provides no remedy for sin].

Justification by Faith

21 But now the righteousness of God has been clearly revealed [independently and completely] apart from the Law, though it is [actually] confirmed by the Law and the [words and writings of the] Prophets. 22 This righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ for all those [Jew or Gentile] who believe [and trust in Him and acknowledge Him as God’s Son]. There is no distinction, 23 since all have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are being justified [declared free of the guilt of sin, made acceptable to God, and granted eternal life] as a gift by His [precious, undeserved] [c]grace, through the redemption [the payment for our sin] which is [provided] in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God displayed publicly [before the eyes of the world] as a [life-giving] [d]sacrifice of atonement and reconciliation (propitiation) by His blood [to be received] through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness [which demands punishment for sin], because in His forbearance [His deliberate restraint] He passed over the sins previously committed [before Jesus’ crucifixion]. 26 It was to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the One who justifies those who have faith in Jesus [and rely confidently on Him as Savior].

27 Then what becomes of [our] boasting? It is excluded [entirely ruled out, banished]. On what principle? On [the principle of good] works? No, but on the principle of faith. 28 For we maintain that an individual is justified by faith distinctly apart from works of the Law [the observance of which has nothing to do with justification, that is, being declared free of the guilt of sin and made acceptable to God]. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not also the God of Gentiles [who were not given the Law]? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since indeed it is one [and the same] God who will justify the circumcised by faith [which began with Abraham] and the uncircumcised through [their newly acquired] faith.

31 Do we then nullify the Law by this faith [making the Law of no effect, overthrowing it]? Certainly not! On the contrary, we confirm and establish and uphold the Law [since it convicts us all of sin, pointing to the need for salvation].

Notas al pie

  1. Romans 3:2 I.e. the Old Testament promises.
  2. Romans 3:20 Lit flesh.
  3. Romans 3:24 I.e. His favor and mercy, extended to man who can do nothing to be worthy of it. It is God’s amazing gift.
  4. Romans 3:25 By laying his hands on the head of the sacrifice the person offering the sacrifice identified himself with it and through its death it became an atonement or covering for his sin. Because the unblemished sacrifice “covered” his sin it placed the person offering the sacrifice in a right relationship with God. Later under the new covenant the perfection and sacrifice of Christ would cover (atone for) the imperfection and sin of those who identified with Him and accepted Him as Savior.

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Romanos 3

1Que vantagem há então em ser judeu, ou que utilidade há na circuncisão? Muita, em todos os sentidos! Principalmente porque aos judeus foram confiadas as palavras de Deus.

Que importa se alguns deles foram infiéis? A sua infidelidade anulará a fidelidade de Deus? De maneira nenhuma! Seja Deus verdadeiro, e todo homem mentiroso. Como está escrito:

“Para que
    sejas justificado
nas tuas palavras
    e prevaleças”[a].

Mas, se a nossa injustiça ressalta de maneira ainda mais clara a justiça de Deus, que diremos? Que Deus é injusto por aplicar a sua ira? (Estou usando um argumento humano.) Claro que não! Se fosse assim, como Deus iria julgar o mundo? Alguém pode alegar ainda: “Se a minha mentira ressalta a veracidade de Deus, aumentando assim a sua glória, por que sou condenado como pecador?” Por que não dizer como alguns caluniosamente afirmam que dizemos: “Façamos o mal, para que nos venha o bem”? A condenação dos tais é merecida.

Ninguém é Justo

Que concluiremos então? Estamos em posição de vantagem[b]? Não! Já demonstramos que tanto judeus quanto gentios estão debaixo do pecado. 10 Como está escrito:

“Não há nenhum justo,
    nem um sequer;
11 não há ninguém que entenda,
    ninguém que busque a Deus.
12 Todos se desviaram,
    tornaram-se juntamente inúteis;
não há ninguém
    que faça o bem,
não há nem um sequer”[c].
13 “Suas gargantas
    são um túmulo aberto;
com suas línguas enganam”[d].
“Veneno de serpentes
    está em seus lábios”[e].
14 “Suas bocas estão cheias
    de maldição e amargura”[f].
15 “Seus pés são ágeis
    para derramar sangue;
16 ruína e desgraça marcam
    os seus caminhos,
17 e não conhecem
    o caminho da paz”[g].
18 “Aos seus olhos é inútil
    temer a Deus”[h].

19 Sabemos que tudo o que a Lei diz, o diz àqueles que estão debaixo dela, para que toda boca se cale e todo o mundo esteja sob o juízo de Deus. 20 Portanto, ninguém será declarado justo diante dele baseando-se na obediência à Lei, pois é mediante a Lei que nos tornamos plenamente conscientes do pecado.

A Justiça por meio da Fé

21 Mas agora se manifestou uma justiça que provém de Deus, independente da Lei, da qual testemunham a Lei e os Profetas, 22 justiça de Deus mediante a fé em Jesus Cristo para todos os que crêem. Não há distinção, 23 pois todos pecaram e estão destituídos da glória de Deus, 24 sendo justificados gratuitamente por sua graça, por meio da redenção que há em Cristo Jesus. 25 Deus o ofereceu como sacrifício para propiciação[i] mediante a fé, pelo seu sangue, demonstrando a sua justiça. Em sua tolerância, havia deixado impunes os pecados anteriormente cometidos; 26 mas, no presente, demonstrou a sua justiça, a fim de ser justo e justificador daquele que tem fé em Jesus.

27 Onde está, então, o motivo de vanglória? É excluído. Baseado em que princípio? No da obediência à Lei? Não, mas no princípio da fé. 28 Pois sustentamos que o homem é justificado pela fé, independente da obediência à Lei. 29 Deus é Deus apenas dos judeus? Ele não é também o Deus dos gentios? Sim, dos gentios também, 30 visto que existe um só Deus, que pela fé justificará os circuncisos e os incircuncisos. 31 Anulamos então a Lei pela fé? De maneira nenhuma! Ao contrário, confirmamos a Lei.

Notas al pie

  1. 3.4 Sl 51.4
  2. 3.9 Ou desvantagem
  3. 3.10-12 Sl 14.1-3; Sl 53.1-3; Ec 7.20
  4. 3.13 Sl 5.9
  5. 3.13 Sl 140.3
  6. 3.14 Sl 10.7
  7. 3.15-17 Is 59.7,8
  8. 3.18 Sl 36.1
  9. 3.25 Ou como sacrifício que desviava a sua ira, removendo o pecado