New International Version

Romans 3:1-31

God’s Faithfulness

1What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? 2Much in every way! First of all, the Jews have been entrusted with the very words of God.

3What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? 4Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written:

“So that you may be proved right when you speak

and prevail when you judge.”3:4 Psalm 51:4

5But if our unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.) 6Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world? 7Someone might argue, “If my falsehood enhances God’s truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?” 8Why not say—as some slanderously claim that we say—“Let us do evil that good may result”? Their condemnation is just!

No One Is Righteous

9What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 10As it is written:

“There is no one righteous, not even one;

11there is no one who understands;

there is no one who seeks God.

12All have turned away,

they have together become worthless;

there is no one who does good,

not even one.”3:12 Psalms 14:1-3; 53:1-3; Eccles. 7:20

13“Their throats are open graves;

their tongues practice deceit.”3:13 Psalm 5:9

“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”3:13 Psalm 140:3

14“Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”3:14 Psalm 10:7 (see Septuagint)

15“Their feet are swift to shed blood;

16ruin and misery mark their ways,

17and the way of peace they do not know.”3:17 Isaiah 59:7,8

18“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”3:18 Psalm 36:1

19Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

Righteousness Through Faith

21But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22This righteousness is given through faith in3:22 Or through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,3:25 The Greek for sacrifice of atonement refers to the atonement cover on the ark of the covenant (see Lev. 16:15,16). through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

27Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith. 28For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. 29Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. 31Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

羅馬書 3:1-31

1那麼,猶太人有什麼長處呢?割禮有什麼價值呢? 2其實益處非常多!首先,上帝的聖言託付給了猶太人。 3雖然有些人不相信,但那有什麼關係呢?難道上帝的信實可靠會因他們的不信而化為無有嗎? 4當然不會!縱然人人都撒謊,上帝仍然真實可靠。正如聖經上說:

「你的判語證明你是公義的;

你雖被人控告,卻終必得勝。」

5我姑且用人的觀點說:「如果我們的不義可以反襯出上帝的公義,我們該做何論?上帝向我們發怒是祂不公正嗎?」 6當然不是!若是這樣,上帝怎麼能審判這世界呢? 7你們又說:「如果我們的虛謊凸顯出上帝的真實,增加祂的榮耀,為什麼祂還要把我們當作罪人審判呢?」 8為什麼你們不乾脆說:「我們作惡吧,好成就善事」?有人毀謗我們,說我們傳這種道理。這些人受審判是罪有應得!

沒有義人

9那麼,我們猶太人比別人優越嗎?絕對不是!我們已經說過,無論是猶太人還是希臘人,所有的人都身陷罪中。 10正如聖經上說:

「沒有義人,一個也沒有,

11沒有人明白,沒有人尋求上帝。

12人人偏離正路,變得毫無價值。

沒有人行善,一個也沒有。

13他們的喉嚨是敞開的墳墓,

舌頭上盡是詭詐,

嘴唇有蛇的毒液,

14滿口咒詛,言語惡毒;

15殺人流血,腳步飛快;

16所到之處,大肆毀滅;

17平安之路,他們未曾知道;

18他們眼中毫無對上帝的畏懼。」

19我們知道律法所講的都是針對律法之下的人,好叫所有的人都無話可說,使全世界都伏在上帝的審判之下。 20因為無人能夠靠遵行律法而被上帝視為義人,律法的本意是要使人知罪。

因信稱義

21但如今,上帝的義在律法以外顯明出來,有律法和眾先知做見證。 22人只要信耶穌基督,就可以被上帝稱為義人,沒有一個人例外。 23因為世人都犯了罪,虧欠上帝的榮耀, 24但蒙上帝的恩典,靠著基督耶穌的救贖,世人被無條件地稱為義人。 25上帝使基督耶穌成為贖罪祭,以便人藉著相信耶穌的寶血可以得到赦免。這是為了顯明上帝的義,因為祂用忍耐的心寬容人過去的罪, 26好在現今顯明祂的義,使人知道祂是公義的,祂也稱信耶穌的為義人。

27既然如此,我們哪裡能誇口呢?當然沒有可誇的。靠什麼方法讓人不能誇口呢?靠遵守律法嗎?不是!是靠信主的方法。 28因為我們堅信人被稱為義人是藉著信,不是靠遵行律法。 29難道上帝只是猶太人的上帝嗎?祂不也是外族人的上帝嗎?祂當然也是外族人的上帝。 30因為上帝只有一位,祂本著信稱受割禮的人為義人,也本著信稱未受割禮的人為義人。 31這麼說來,我們是藉著信心廢掉上帝的律法嗎?當然不是!我們反倒是鞏固律法。