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Romans 2:1-29

God’s Righteous Judgment

1You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. 2Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 3So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? 4Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

5But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 6God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”2:6 Psalm 62:12; Prov. 24:12 7To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. 9There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 10but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 11For God does not show favoritism.

12All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. 14(Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.) 16This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.

The Jews and the Law

17Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and boast in God; 18if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law; 19if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, 20an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— 21you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? 22You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? 24As it is written: “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”2:24 Isaiah 52:5 (see Septuagint); Ezek. 36:20,22

25Circumcision has value if you observe the law, but if you break the law, you have become as though you had not been circumcised. 26So then, if those who are not circumcised keep the law’s requirements, will they not be regarded as though they were circumcised? 27The one who is not circumcised physically and yet obeys the law will condemn you who, even though you have the2:27 Or who, by means of a written code and circumcision, are a lawbreaker.

28A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. 29No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God.

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Romafoɔ 2:1-29

1Mo a mobu afoforɔ atɛn no, monni anoyie biara. Ɛkwan biara a mobɛfa so abu afoforɔ atɛn no, ɛnam saa ɛkwan no ara so ma mode atemmuo ba mo ho so. Ɛfiri sɛ, bɔne a ɛma mobu afoforɔ atɛn no, mo nso moyɛ saa bɔne korɔ no ara bi. 2Yɛnim sɛ, sɛ Onyankopɔn bu wɔn a wɔte saa ara no atɛn a, na ne kwan so ara ne no. 3Na wo, onipa, wobu afoforɔ atɛn wɔ nneɛma korɔ no ara a woyɛ bi no ho a, wosusu sɛ Onyankopɔn remmu wo atɛn anaa? 4Anaasɛ, ebia, wommu nʼayamyɛ, nʼabodwokyerɛ ne ne boasetɔ? Wonnim sɛ Onyankopɔn yɛ mmɔborɔhunufoɔ a ɔpɛ sɛ ɔkyerɛ wo kwan a wobɛfa so anu wo ho?

5Nanso, ɛsiane wʼakoma den ne akoma pirim enti, woboaboa abufuhyeɛ ano ma wo ho wɔ Onyankopɔn abufuhyeɛ da no, ɛda no a ɔbɛda nʼatɛntenenee adi no. 6Deɛ obiara ayɛ no, ɛso akatua na Onyankopɔn bɛma no anya. 7Wɔn a wɔde boasetɔ yɛ papa de hwehwɛ animuonyam, anidie ne deɛ ɛmporɔ no, ɔbɛma wɔn nkwa a ɛnni awieeɛ. 8Nanso wɔn a wɔyɛ pɛsɛmenkomenya, ne wɔn a wɔpo nokorɛ no kɔdi bɔne akyi no, abufuhyeɛ ne amanehunu bɛba wɔn so. 9Yudafoɔ ne amanamanmufoɔ a wɔkɔ so yɛ bɔne no nyinaa bɛhunu amane na wɔn werɛ nso bɛho. 10Nanso, wɔn a wɔtie no no, sɛ wɔyɛ Yudafoɔ anaa amanamanmufoɔ no, wɔbɛnya animuonyam, anidie ne asomdwoeɛ afiri Onyankopɔn nkyɛn. 11Onyankopɔn nyɛ nyiyimu na ɔnyɛ animhwɛ nso wɔ nʼatemmuo mu.

12Wɔn a wɔnnim mmara no na wɔyɛ bɔne no, wɔbɛkwati mmara no abu wɔn atɛn ara, na wɔn a wɔnim mmara no na wɔyɛ bɔne no, wɔnam mmara no so bɛbu wɔn atɛn. 13Ɛnyɛ mmaratiefoɔ na wɔtene wɔ Onyankopɔn anim, na mmom, ɛyɛ wɔn a woyɛ ɔsetie ma mmara no na wɔbɛbu wɔn bem. 14Amanamanmufoɔ no nni mmara, nanso wɔfiri wɔn awosu mu yɛ deɛ mmara no hwehwɛ sɛ wɔyɛ a, ɛwom sɛ wɔnni mmara deɛ, nanso yeinom bɛyɛ mmara ama wɔn. 15Esiane sɛ wɔn abrabɔ kyerɛ sɛ, deɛ mmara no hwehwɛ no, wɔatwerɛ wɔ wɔn akoma mu no enti, wɔn ahonim di adanseɛ sɛ wɔdi bem anaasɛ wɔabu wɔn fɔ. 16Enti, asɛmpa a meka no kyerɛ sɛ, sɛ ɛda no duru a, saa na Onyankopɔn nam Yesu Kristo so bɛbu nnipa kɔkoamsɛm atɛn.

17Mo Yudafoɔ deɛ, mosusu sɛ mo ne Onyankopɔn te no yie so, ɛfiri sɛ, ɔde ne Mmara a monam so bɛnya nkwagyeɛ no maa mo. Na moka no mo anofafa so nso sɛ, moyɛ ne nnamfonom sononko bi. 18Monim deɛ Onyankopɔn hwehwɛ sɛ moyɛ. Moasua afiri Mmara no mu ahunu deɛ ɛyɛ. 19Mofa mo ho sɛ moyɛ akwankyerɛfoɔ ma anifirafoɔ, na moyɛ hann nso ma wɔn a wɔte esum mu. 20Mogye di sɛ mobɛtumi akyerɛ adwenemherɛfoɔ ne mmɔfra Onyankopɔn akwan, ɛfiri sɛ, nokorɛm, monim ne Mmara a osuahunu ne nokorɛ ahyɛ no ma no. 21Mokyerɛkyerɛ afoforɔ, na adɛn enti na montumi nkyerɛkyerɛ mo ho mo ho? Moka kyerɛ afoforɔ sɛ wɔmmmɔ korɔno. Mo nso mobɔ korɔno anaa? 22Mo a moka sɛ adwamammɔ nyɛ. Mo nso mobɔ adwaman anaa? Mo a moka sɛ mokyiri ahoni no, mo nso mobɔ korɔno wɔ asɔrefie mu anaa? 23Mode mmara no hoahoa mo ho, nanso mobu mmara no so de bu Onyankopɔn animtia. 24Ɛnyɛ nwanwa sɛ Atwerɛsɛm no ka sɛ mo enti, ewiasefoɔ kasa tia Onyankopɔn.

25Sɛ woyɛ Yudani na wodi Onyankopɔn mmara no so a, ɛyɛ adeɛ a ɛsom bo. Na sɛ moanni so a, nsonsonoeɛ biara nni mo ne momonotofoɔ ntam. 26Sɛ momonotofoɔ di Onyankopɔn mmara so a, wɔremmu wɔn sɛ Onyankopɔn nkurɔfoɔ anaa? 27Enti momonotoni a ɔdi mmara no so no bɛkasa atia mo, Yudafoɔ a monim Onyankopɔn mmara a wɔatwerɛ no, nanso monni so no.

28Wo a wɔwoo mo sɛ Yudafoɔ anaasɛ twa a wɔatwa mo twetia no nkyerɛ sɛ moyɛ Yudafoɔ kann. 29Yudani kann no ne deɛ ɔyɛ no wɔ nʼakoma mu. Saa ara nso na twetiatwa yɛ akoma mu nsakraeɛ a ɛfiri Onyankopɔn Honhom mu ba. Nsakraeɛ yi mmfiri di a obi di mmara bi so. Na deɛ wɔasakra no ayɛyie mmfiri nnipa hɔ, na mmom, ɛfiri Onyankopɔn hɔ.