Passage Lookup: Romans 3:21-5:21
New American Standard Version
But now apart from  the Law the  righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed  by the Law and the Prophets,
even the righteousness  of God through faith  in  Jesus Christ for all  those who  believe; for there  is no distinction;
for all have   sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
being justified as a gift by  His grace through the  redemption which is in Christ Jesus;
whom God displayed publicly as a  propitiation  in   His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because  in the forbearance  of God He passed  over the sins previously committed;
for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has  faith in Jesus.
Where then is boasting?  It is excluded. By what  kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith.
For  we  maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of  the Law.
Or is  God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also,
since indeed God  who  will justify the circumcised  by  faith and the uncircumcised  through faith is  one.
Do we then nullify the  Law through faith? May  it never be! On the contrary, we establish  the Law.
What then shall we say that Abraham, our  forefather according  to the flesh, has found?
For if Abraham was justified by  works, he has something to boast about, but not  before  God.
For what does the Scripture say? "ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS."
Now to the one who works,  his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due.
But to the one who does not work, but believes  in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness,
just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
"BLESSED ARE THOSE WHOSE LAWLESS DEEDS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN, AND WHOSE SINS HAVE BEEN COVERED.
"BLESSED IS THE MAN WHOSE SIN THE LORD WILL NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT."
Is this blessing then on the   circumcised, or on the  uncircumcised also? For we  say, "FAITH WAS CREDITED TO ABRAHAM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS."
How then was it credited? While he was circumcised,  or uncircumcised?  Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised;
and he received  the sign of circumcision, a  seal of the righteousness of the faith which he  had while uncircumcised, so that he might be the  father of all  who believe without being circumcised, that righteousness might be credited to them,
and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also follow in the steps of the faith of our father Abraham which he  had while uncircumcised.
For the  promise to Abraham or to his descendants  that  he would be heir of the world was not through  the Law, but through the righteousness of faith.
For if  those who are of  the Law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise is nullified;
for the  Law brings about wrath, but where  there is no law, there also is no violation.
For this reason it is by  faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace,  so that the promise will be guaranteed to all  the descendants,  not only to those  who are of the Law, but also to those   who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,
(as it is written, "A  FATHER OF MANY NATIONS HAVE I MADE YOU") in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who  gives life to the dead and calls   into being that  which does not exist.
In hope against hope he believed, so that he might become a  father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, "SO SHALL YOUR DESCENDANTS BE."
Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as  good as dead since he  was about a hundred years old, and the  deadness of Sarah's womb;
yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving  glory to God,
and being  fully assured that what  God had promised, He was able also to perform.
Therefore IT WAS ALSO CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Now not  for his sake only was it written that it was credited to him,
but for our sake also, to whom it will be credited, as those who  believe in Him who raised  Jesus our Lord from the dead,
He who was delivered  over because of our transgressions, and was raised  because of our justification.
Therefore,  having been justified by faith, we   have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom also we have obtained  our introduction by faith into this grace in  which we stand; and we  exult in hope of the glory of God.
And  not only this, but we  also exult  in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 
and perseverance,  proven  character; and proven character, hope;
and hope does  not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured  out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
For while we were still helpless,  at  the right time Christ  died for the ungodly.
For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though  perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.
But God demonstrates  His  own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ  died for us.
Much more then, having now been justified by   His blood, we shall be saved from  the wrath of God through Him.
For if while we were enemies  we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by   His life.
And  not only this, but  we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the  reconciliation.
Therefore, just as through one  man sin entered into the world, and death  through sin, and so  death spread to all men, because all sinned--
for until  the Law sin was in the world, but sin  is not imputed when there is no law.
Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in  the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type   of Him who was to come.
But the  free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the  one the  many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the  grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.
The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the  judgment arose from one transgression resulting  in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting  in justification.
For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through  the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign  in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
So then as through one  transgression there  resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act  of righteousness there  resulted justification  of life to all men.
For as through the one man's disobedience the  many were  made sinners, even so through the  obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.
The   Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace  abounded all the more,
so that, as sin  reigned in death, even so grace  would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
New American Standard Version
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