1What, then, is the advantage of the Yehudi? Or what is the advantage of circumcision? 2Much in every way! First, because the Yehudim were entrusted with the very words of Elohim. 3For what if some had not trusted, could their unbelief nullify HaEmunah of Elohim? 4What profanity! Only Elohim is true, and every man is false; as it is written, “That you may be justified by your words, and triumph when you are judged.” 5Now if our iniquity serves to establish the tzedaka of Elohim, what then shall we say? Is Elohim unjust when He inflicts His wrath? I speak as a man. 6What profanity! For then how could Elohim judge the world? 7For if the truth of Elohim is made abundant through my falsehood, to His glory, why then am I to be judged as a sinner? 8As for those who blaspheme against us, saying that we say “Let us do evil that good may come,” their condemnation is reserved for eternal justice. 9What then do we uphold that is superior? We have already decided concerning both Yehudim and Arame’ans, for they are all under sin. 10As it is written, “There is none righteous, no, not one; 11there is none who understands, there is none who seeks after Elohim. 12They are all gone astray and they have been rejected; there is none who does good, no, not one. 13Their throats are like open graves; their tongues are deceitful; the venom of asps is under their lips. 14Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. 15They are overquick to shed blood. 16Destruction and misery are in their ways. 17They have not known the path of shalom. 18There is no fear of Elohim before their eyes.”
19Now we know that whatever the Torah says, it is said to those who are in the Torah, so that every mouth may be shut, and all the world may become guilty before Elohim. 20For by the deeds of the Torah no flesh shall be justified before His presence; for by means of the Torah, sin is known. 21But now the tzedaka of Elohim separate from Torah is manifested, and the very Torah and Nevi’im testify to it; 22for the tzedaka of Elohim is by the Emunah of Yeshua HaMashi’akh, to everyone, even to every man who trusts in Him, for there is no discrimination. 23For all have sinned and are missing the K’vod of Elohim; 24for they are freely given tzedaka by the compassion of Elohim through the redemption which is in Yeshua HaMashi’akh, 25whom Elohim has foreordained to be a propitiation through trust in His blood for the remission of our sins that are past; 26by the opportunity which Elohim has given us through His forbearance, for the manifestation of His tzedaka at the present time, that He might be declared righteous; and for the justification of tzedaka to him who is in HaEmunah of Adoneinu Yeshua HaMashi’akh. 27Where is boasting then? It is worthless. By what Torah? Of works? No; but by the Torah of trust. 28Therefore we conclude that it is by Emunah a man is justified and not by the works of the Torah. 29Why? Is Elohim the Elohim of the Yehudim only? Is He not also Elohim of the Goyim? Yes, He is Elohim of the Goyim also; 30for there is one Elohim, who justifies the circumcision by Emunah, and the uncircumcision by the same Emunah. 31What, then? Do we nullify the Torah through Emunah? What profanity! On the contrary, we firmly establish the Torah!
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