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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.

Luganda Contemporary Bible

Abaruumi 3:1-31

Obwesigwa bwa Katonda

1Kaakano olwo Omuyudaaya alina nkizo ki? Oba okukomolebwa kugasa ki? 23:2 Ma 4:8; Zab 147:19Kugasa nnyo mu ngeri nnyingi. Okusookera ddala, Abayudaaya be baateresebwa ebigambo bya Katonda.

33:3 a Beb 4:2 b 2Ti 2:13Kituufu nti abamu ku bo tebakkiriza bigambo ebyo. Obutakkiriza bwabwe buliggyawo obwesigwa bwa Katonda, olw’okuba nga bo tebaalina kukkiriza? 43:4 a Yk 3:33 b Zab 116:11 c Zab 51:4Tekisoboka. Katonda ye wa mazima, newaakubadde nga buli muntu yenna mulimba. Ebyawandiikibwa bigamba nti,

“Olyoke otuukirire mu bigambo byo,

era osinge bw’osala omusango.”

53:5 Bar 6:19; Bag 3:15Naye obanga obutali butuukirivu bwaffe bulagira ddala obutuukirivu bwa Katonda, tunaayogera ki? Kikyamu Katonda okutunyiigira era n’atubonereza? Mu kino njogera ng’omuntu. 63:6 Lub 18:25Nedda, sikikyamu. Katonda alisalira atya ensi omusango? 73:7 nny 4Naye obanga obulimba bwammwe bweyongera okugulumiza Katonda, nga kiraga Katonda bw’ali ow’amazima, oyinza okwebuuza lwaki okyasalirwa omusango ng’omwonoonyi? 83:8 Bar 6:1Era okyayinza okwongerako na kino nti tukolenga ebibi mulyoke muveemu ebirungi, ng’abamu bwe batuwaayiriza nti, bwe tugamba. Kyokka Katonda mwenkanya, era alibasalira nga bwe kibagwanira.

Tewali mutuukirivu n’omu

93:9 nny 19, 23; Bag 3:22Bino byonna bitegeeza ki? Kitegeeza nti ffe Abayudaaya tuli bulungi nnyo okusinga abantu abalala bonna? Nedda, n’akatono. Ffenna tufugibwa kibi, ne bwe baba Abayudaaya oba Abaamawanga. 10Ng’ebyawandiikibwa bwe bigamba nti:

“Tewali mutuukirivu n’omu.

11Tewali ategeera

wadde anoonya Katonda.

123:12 Zab 14:1-3Bonna baakyama,

bonna awamu baafuuka kitagasa;

tewali n’omu akola obulungi,

tewali n’omu.”

133:13 a Zab 5:9 b Zab 140:3“Emimiro gyabwe giringa entaana ezaasaamiridde,

n’emimwa gyabwe gijjudde obulimba.”

“Buli kigambo ekibavaamu kiri ng’obusagwa bw’omusota.”

143:14 Zab 10:7“Emimwa gyabwe gijjudde okukolima n’obukyayi.”

15“Ebigere byabwe byanguwa okuyiwa omusaayi,

16buli gye balaga baleka abantu baayo mu kuzikirira na mu nnaku njereere.

17Tebamanyi kkubo lya mirembe.”

183:18 Zab 36:1“N’okutya tebatya Katonda.”

193:19 a Yk 10:34 b Bar 2:12Tumanyi nga buli kyawandiikibwa mu mateeka, kyawandiikibwa ku lw’abo abafugibwa amateeka. Amateeka malambulukufu ku nsonga ezo, omuntu yenna aleme okwekwasa ensonga yonna, ate era ne Katonda okwongera okulaga ng’ensi yonna bwe yasobya. 203:20 a Bik 13:39; Bag 2:16 b Bar 7:7Kubanga tewali n’omu aliweebwa obutuukirivu mu maaso ga Katonda olw’ebikolwa by’amateeka. Mu mateeka mwe tutegeerera ddala ekibi.

Obutuukirivu buva mu Kukkiriza

213:21 a Bar 1:17; 9:30 b Bik 10:43Kale kaakano tutegeere ng’obutuukirivu bwa Katonda tebutuweebwa lwa kugondera Mateeka. Ekyo kikakasibwa Amateeka ne bannabbi. 223:22 a Bar 9:30 b Bar 10:12; Bag 3:28; Bak 3:11Obutuukirivu bwa Katonda butuweebwa olw’okukkiriza Yesu Kristo. Katonda tasosola. 23Ffenna twayonoona era tetusaanira kitiibwa kya Katonda. 243:24 a Bar 4:16; Bef 2:8 b Bef 1:7, 14; Bak 1:14; Beb 9:12Kyokka twaweebwa obutuukirivu bwa buwa olw’ekisa kye ekiri mu kununulibwa okuli mu Yesu Kristo; 253:25 a 1Yk 4:10 b Beb 9:12, 14 c Bik 17:30Katonda yaweereza Kristo okuba omutango, bwe tukkiriza Kristo olw’omusaayi gwe yayiwa. Alaga obutuukirivu bwe mu kugumiikiriza ebibi ebyakolebwa edda, be bantu abaayonoona mu biseera biri eby’edda. 26Kino kiraga Katonda bw’alaga okwaniriza kw’alina eri abantu mu biro bino, bwe baba n’okukkiriza mu Yesu.

273:27 Bar 2:17, 23; 4:2; 1Ko 1:29-31; Bef 2:9Kale lwaki twenyumiriza? Tewali nsonga etwenyumirizisa. Lwa kuba nga twagoberera amateeka? Nedda, lwa kukkiriza. 283:28 nny 20, 21; Bik 13:39; Bef 2:9Noolwekyo omuntu aweebwa obutuukirivu lwa kukkiriza so si lwa kugoberera mateeka. 293:29 Bar 9:24Oba Katonda wa Bayudaaya bokka? Si ye Katonda w’amawanga amalala gonna? Weewaawo nabo Katonda waabwe. 303:30 Bag 3:8Kubanga ye Katonda omu awa obutuukirivu abaakomolebwa, n’abo abataakomolebwa olw’okukkiriza kwabwe. 31Kale amateeka tugaggyewo olw’okukkiriza? Kikafuuwe. Tunyweza manyweze.