The Jews' prerogative:
Romans 3:1 What aduantage then hath the Iew? or what profit is there of Circumcision? Romans 3:2 Much euery way: chiefly, because that vnto them were committed the Oracles of God.
which they have not lost:
Romans 3:3 For what if some did not beleeue? shall their vnbeliefe make the faith of God without effect? Romans 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but euery man a lier, as it is written, That thou mightest be iustified in thy sayings, and mightest ouercome when thou art iudged. Romans 3:5 But if our vnrighteousnesse commend the righteousnesse of God, what shall we say? is God vnrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speake as a man) Romans 3:6 God forbid: for then how shall God iudge the world? Romans 3:7 For if the trueth of God hath more abounded through my lye vnto his glory; why yet am I also iudged as a sinner? Romans 3:8 And not [rather] as wee be slanderously reported, and as some affirme that we say, Let vs doe euill, that good may come: whose damnation is iust.
howbeit the Law convinceth them also of sin:
Romans 3:9 What then? are wee better [then they]? No in no wise: for we haue before proued both Iewes, and Gentiles, that they are all vnder sinne, Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no not one: Romans 3:11 There is none that vnderstandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. Romans 3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become vnprofitable, there is none that doeth good, no not one. Romans 3:13 Their throat is an open sepulchre, with their tongues they haue vsed deceit, the poyson of Aspes is vnder their lippes: Romans 3:14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitternesse: Romans 3:15 Their feet are swift to shed blood. Romans 3:16 Destruction & misery are in their wayes: Romans 3:17 And the way of peace haue they not knowen. Romans 3:18 There is no feare of God before their eyes. Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soeuer the Law saith, it saith to them who are vnder the Law: that euery mouth may bee stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
therefore no flesh is justified by the Law,
Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deedes of the Law, there shall no flesh be iustified in his sight: for by the Law [is] the knowledge of sinne. Romans 3:21 But nowe the righteousnesse of God without the Lawe is manifested, being witnessed by the Lawe and the Prophets. Romans 3:22 Euen the righteousnesse of God, which is by faith of Iesus Christ vnto all, and vpon all them that beleeue: for there is no difference: Romans 3:23 For all haue sinned, and come short of the glory of God, Romans 3:24 Being iustified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Iesus Christ: Romans 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to bee a propitiation, through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousnesse for the remission of sinnes, that are past, through the forbearance of God. Romans 3:26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousnesse: that hee might bee iust, and the iustifier of him which beleeueth in Iesus. Romans 3:27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what Law? Of works? Nay: but by the Law of faith.
but all, without difference, by faith only:
Romans 3:28 Therefore wee conclude, that a man is iustified by faith, without the deeds of the Law. Romans 3:29 Is he the God of the Iewes only? Is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: Romans 3:30 Seeing it is one God which shal iustifie the circumcision by faith, and vncircumcision through faith.
and yet the Law is not abolished.
Romans 3:31 Doe we then make void the lawe through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the Law.