Bishops' Bible

Romans 3

The Jews' prerogative:

Romans 3:1 What preferment then hath ye Iew? or what auauntageth circumcision? Romans 3:2 Much euery way. First, for because yt vnto them were committed ye wordes of God.

which they have not lost:

Romans 3:3 What then though some of them dyd not beleue? Shal their vnbeliefe make the fayth of God without effect? Romans 3:4 God forbyd. Yea let God be true, and euery man a lyer, as it is writte: That thou myghtest be iustified in thy sayinges, and ouercome when thou art iudged. Romans 3:5 But yf our vnrighteousnes setteth foorth the righteousnes of God, what shall we saye? Is God vnryghteous which taketh vengeaunce? I speake after the maner of men, Romans 3:6 God forbyd. For howe then shall God iudge the worlde? Romans 3:7 For yf the trueth of God hath more abounded through my lye, vnto his glory, why am I as yet iudged as a sinner? Romans 3:8 And not rather (as men speake euyll of vs, and as some affirme that we say) let vs do euyll, that good may come therof? Whose dampnation is iuste.

howbeit the Law convinceth them also of sin:

Romans 3:9 What then? Are we better [then they?] No, in no wise. For we haue alredy proued, howe that both Iewes and Gentiles 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 seketh after God. Romans 3:12 They are all gone out of the waye, they are all vnprofitable, there is none that doth good, no not one. Romans 3:13 Their throte is an open sepulchre, with their tongues they haue deceaued, the poyso of aspes is vnder their lippes. Romans 3:14 Whose mouth is full of cursyng and bytternesse. Romans 3:15 Their feete are swyft to shed blood. Romans 3:16 Heartes griefe & miserie are in their wayes. Romans 3:17 And they way of peace haue they not knowen. Romans 3:18 There is no feare of God before their eyes. Romans 3:19 Nowe we knowe that what thynges so euer the lawe saith, it saith it to them which are vnder the lawe: That all mouthes maye be stopped, and that al ye world may be indaungered to God.

therefore no flesh is justified by the Law,

Romans 3:20 Because that by the deedes of the lawe, there shall no flesshe be iustified in his syght. For by the lawe, commeth the knowledge of sinne. Romans 3:21 But nowe is the righteousnes of God declared without the lawe, beyng witnessed by the testimonie of the lawe and of the prophetes. Romans 3:22 The ryghteousnes of God [commeth] by the fayth of Iesus Christe, vnto all and vpon all them that beleue. There is no difference: Romans 3:23 For all haue synned, and are destitute of the glorie of God, Romans 3:24 Iustified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christe Iesu: Romans 3:25 Whom God hath set foorth to be a propitiatio, through fayth in his blood, to declare his ryghteousnes, in that he forgeueth the sinnes that are past, Romans 3:26 Which God dyd suffer, to shew at this tyme his righteousnes, that he might be iuste, & the iustifier of hym which beleueth on Iesus. Romans 3:27 Where is then thy boastyng? It is excluded. By what lawe? Of workes? Nay, but by the lawe of fayth.

but all, without difference, by faith only:

Romans 3:28 Therfore, we holde that a man is iustified by fayth, without the deedes of the lawe. Romans 3:29 Is he the God of the Iewes only? Is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, euen of the Gentiles also. Romans 3:30 For it is one God whiche shall iustifie the circumcision by fayth, and vncircumcision through fayth.

and yet the Law is not abolished.

Romans 3:31 Do we then destroy the lawe through fayth? God forbyd: But we rather mayntayne the lawe.

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