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.
Kuweruza Kolungama kwa Mulungu
1Choncho, iwe amene umaweruza munthu wina, ulibe pokanira pakuti nthawi iliyonse pamene uweruza wina ukudzitsutsa wekha chifukwa iwe amene umaweruzawe umachitanso zinthu zomwezo. 2Tsopano ife tikudziwa kuti chiweruzo cha Mulungu, chotsutsa amene amachita zinthu zotere, nʼchokhazikika pa choonadi. 3Kodi ukuganiza kuti udzathawa chiweruzo cha Mulungu iwe munthu wamba, pamene uweruza ena, iwe ndi kumachitanso zomwezo? 4Kodi kapena ukupeputsa kukoma mtima kwa Mulungu, kuleza mtima kwake ndi kupirira kwake? Kodi sukuzindikira kuti kukoma mtima kwakeko, nʼkofuna kuti iweyo ulape machimo ako?
5Koma pakuti ndiwe wosamvera ndi wa mtima wosafuna kulapa, ukudzisungira chilango pa tsiku la mkwiyo wa Mulungu, pamene chiweruzo cholungama cha Mulungu chidzaonetsedwa. 6Mulungu adzabwezera aliyense molingana ndi ntchito zake. 7Iye adzapereka moyo wosatha kwa amene amafunafuna ulemerero, ulemu ndi moyo pochita ntchito zabwino mopirira. 8Koma Mulungu adzakhuthulira mkwiyo ndi ukali wake pa amene amachita zofuna zawo ndi kukana choonadi nʼkumatsatira zoyipa. 9Masautso ndi zowawa zidzagwera munthu aliyense amene amachita zonyansa, kuyambira Myuda kenaka anthu a mitundu ina. 10Koma ulemerero, ulemu ndi mtendere zidzakhala kwa aliyense amene amachita zabwino, kuyambira Myuda kenaka anthu a mitundu ina. 11Pajatu Mulungu alibe tsankho.
12Onse amene amachimwa osadziwa Malamulo, adzawonongeka ngakhale kuti sadziwa Malamulowo. Ndipo onse amene amachimwa akudziwa Malamulo adzaweruzidwa potsata Malamulowo. 13Pakuti si amene amangomva Malamulo amene amakhala wolungama pamaso pa Mulungu, koma ndi okhawo amene amachita zili mʼMalamulomo amene adzatchedwa olungama. 14Ndithu, pamene a mitundu ina, amene alibe Malamulo, koma mwachikhalidwe chawo amachita zimene zili mʼMalamulo, iwowo ndi Malamulo pa iwo okha, ngakhale kuti alibe Malamulowo. 15Ntchito zawo zimaonetsa kuti Malamulowo alembedwa mʼmitima mwawo. Chikumbumtima chawonso chimawachitira umboni pakuti maganizo awo amawatsutsa kapena kuwavomereza. 16Izi zidzachitika pa tsiku limene Mulungu adzaweruza zinsinsi za anthu kudzera mwa Yesu Khristu, monga momwe Uthenga wanga Wabwino unenera.
Ayuda ndi Malamulo
17Koma iweyo, amene umadzitcha kuti ndiwe Myuda, umadalira Malamulo, ndipo umanyadira ubale wako ndi Mulungu, 18ngati umadziwa chifuniro chake, ndi kudziwa zoyenera kuchita chifukwa unaphunzitsidwa ndi Malamulo; 19ngati umadziwadi kuti ndiwe mtsogoleri wa osaona, nyale yowunikira amene ali mu mdima, 20mlangizi wa anthu opusa, mphunzitsi wa makanda, chifukwa umadziwa kuti mʼMalamulo uli nayo nzeru yonse ndi choonadi, 21tsono, iwe amene umaphunzitsa ena, sudziphunzitsa wekha kodi? Kodi iwe amene umalalikira kuti anthu asabe, umabanso? 22Kodi iwe amene umanena kuti anthu asachite chigololo, umachitanso chigololo? Kodi iwe amene umanyasidwa ndi mafano, umalandanso za mʼnyumba zopembedzera mafanowo? 23Kodi iwe amene umadzitama ndi Malamulo, umamuchititsa manyazi Mulungu posamvera Malamulowo? 24Monga kwalembedwa, “Dzina la Mulungu likuchitidwa chipongwe pakati pa a mitundu ina chifukwa cha inu.”
25Mdulidwe umakhala ndi phindu ngati usunga Malamulo, koma ngati sumvera Malamulo, iweyo umakhala ngati kuti sunachite mdulidwe. 26Ngati amene sanachite mdulidwe achita zomwe zili mʼMalamulo, kodi sadzatengedwa ngati ochita mdulidwe? 27Munthu amene sanachite mdulidwe mʼthupi koma amamvera Malamulo adzakutsutsa iwe wosamvera Malamulowe, ngakhale kuti uli nawo Malamulo olembedwawo.
28Myuda weniweni si amene angooneka ngati Myuda pamaso pa anthu, ndipo mdulidwe weniweni si umene umangochitika mʼthupi pamaso pa anthu. 29Ayi, Myuda weniweni ndi amene ali Myuda mu mtima mwake, ndipo mdulidwe weniweni ndi wa mtima, wochitika ndi Mzimu, osati ndi malamulo olembedwa. Woyamikira munthu wotere ndi Mulungu, osati anthu ayi.