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How circumcision Romans.

profiteth. thoughts the mean while ac 25 For circumcision e verily cusing, or else excusing, one profiteth if thou keep the law; another ;)

but if thou be a breaker of 16 In the day when God the law thy circumeision is shall judge the secrets of men made uncircumcision. by Jesus Christ, according to 26 Therefore, if the uncirmy Gospel.

cumcision keep the righteous17 Behold, thou art called ness of the law, shall not his a Jew, and restest in the law, uncircumeision be counted for and makest thy boast of God, circumcision ?

18 And knowest his will, 27 And shall not uncircumand approvest the things that cision which is by nature, if it are more excellent, being in- fulfil the law, judge thee, who structed out of the law; by the letter and circumcisionf

19 And art confident that dost transgress the law ? thou thyself art a guide of the 28 For he is not a Jew blind, a light of them, which which is one outwardly; neiare in darkness,

ther is that circumcision which 20 An instructor of the is outward in the flesh : foolish, a teacher of babes, 29 But is a Jew which which hast the form of know- is one inwardly; and circumledge, and of the truth in the cision is that of the heart, in law.

the spirit, and not in the letter; 21 Thou, therefore, which whose praise is not of men, but teachest another, teachest thou of God. not thyself? thou that preach

CHAP. III. est a man should not steal,

1 The Jews' prerogative. 20 dost thou steal ? 22 Thou that sayest a man

None justified by the lav), should not commit adultery,

but all by faith. dost thou commit adultery?

WHAT advantage then thou that abhorrest idols, dost hath the Jew ? or what profit thou commit sacrilege Pc

is there of circumcision? 23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through the ceremonial lay, considered of so

e Circumcision, was an ordinance of breaking the law dishonourest great importance, that the Jews im. thou God?

agined it alone entitled them to the 24 For the name of God is favour of God; but in the last verses blasphemed among the Gen- of this chapter Paul assures them, tiles through you, as it is writ

that neither being a Jew outwardly, ten.d

nor any cxternal ceremony would

avail any thing in securing their c Sacrilege, robbery of temples. salvation.

d As it is written, Isa. Lii. S. Ezek. cop By the letter and circumcision, by xxxvi, 20.

external circumcision.

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The Jews' prerogative, &c. Chap iii. Of justification, &c.

2 Much every way; chiefly, none that doeth good, no, not because that unto them were committeủ the oracles of God. 13. Their throat is an open

3 For what if some did not sepulchre; with their tongues believe ? shall their unbelief they have used deceit; the make the faith of God without poison of asps is under their effect

lips : 4 God forbid; yea, let God 14 Whose mouth is full of be true, but every man a liar; cursing and bitterness : as it is written, That thou 15 Their feet are swift to mightest be justified in thy shed blood : sayings, and mightest over 16 Destruction and misery come when thou art judged. are in their ways: 5 But if our unrighteous

17 And the way of peace ness commend the righteous- have they not known: ness of God, what shall we 18 There is no fear of God say? Is God unrighteous who before their eyes. taketh vengeance? (I speak 19 Now we know, that what as a man,)

things soever the law saith, it 6 God forbid; for then how saith to them who are under shall God judge the world ? the law; that every mouth

✓ For if the truth of God may be stopped, and all the hath more abounded through world may become guilty bemy lie unto his glory, why yet fore God. am I also judged as a sinner ? 20 Therefore by the deeds

8 And not rather, (as we be of the law there shall no flesh slanderously reported, and as be justified in his sight; for by some affirm that we say,) the law is the knowledge of Let us do evil, that good may sin. come? whose damnation is 21 But now the righteousjust.

ness of God without the law is 9 What then i are we betmanifested, being witnessed by ter than they? No, in no wise; the law and the prophets ; for we have before proved 22 Even the righteousness both Jews and Gentiles, that of God, which is by faith of they are all under sin; Jesus Christ unto all and upon

10 As it is written, There all them that believe : is none righteous, no, not one;

23 For all have sinned and 11 There is none that un come short of the glory of derstandeth, there is none that God; seeketh after God.

24 Being justified freely by 12 They are all gone out of his grace, through the redempthe way, they are together be- tion that is in Christ Jesus : come unprofitable; there is 25 Whom God hath set

Justification not by the law, Romans. but by faith only. forth to be a propitiation a 30 Seeing it is one God through faith in his blood,b to which shall justify the circumdeclare his righteousness for cision by faith, and ancircumthe remission of sins that are cision through faith.e past, through the forbearance 31 Do we then make void of God;

the law through faith? God for26 To declare, I say, at this bid; yea, we establish the law. time his righteousness; that he might be just, and the justifier

CHAP. IV. of him which believeth in 1 Abraham's faith was imputed Jesus.

to him for righteousness : 27 Where is boasting then? 24 And so shall

ours be. It is excluded. By what law? WHAT shall we then say of works ? Nay; but by the that Abraham our father as law of faith.

pertaining to the flesh, hath 28 Therefore we conclude, found? that a man is justified by faithc

2 For if Abraham were juswithout the deeds of the law.d tified by works, he hath where

29 Is he the God of the Jews of to glory, but not before God. only? is he not also of the 3 For what saith the scripGentiles ? Yes, of the Gentiles ture ? Abraham believed God, also:

and it was counted unto him

for righteousness. « By a propitiation is meant, that 4 Now to him that worketh by the appointment of God Christ is the reward not reckoned of died as a sacrifice for sin, & that God pardoned sin through the merits of grace, but of debt.

5 But to him that worketh that sacrifice.

6 Through faith in his blood as shed not, but believeth on him that for the remission of sins.

justifieth the ungodly, his faith Justified by faith ; that faith by is counted for righteousness. which men are justified, consists in 6 Even as David also de. a sincere disposition to believe every scribeth the blessedness of the thing made known by God and by Christ, and to do every thing, which e In verse 30 circumcision means the they have enjoined.

Jews, and uncircumcision, the Gend Without the deeds of the law; this tiles. The apostle in this verse does not mean, that we are under shows, that seeing there is one God no obligation to obey the law; the of the Jews and Gentiles, he will fiscriptures every where enjoin obe- nally treat both by the same rule ; dience as necessary to salvation; but he will justify the Jews by faith in the phrase means, that, since the obe- the scriptures, which he has given dience of the law is no less than per- them, and the Gentiles, by the law fect

which no man can per of faith ; which consists it a sincere form, he may through the grace of disposition to know and do the will God be justified without it, by a sin of God so far, as it is taught by the cere obedience accompanying faith. light of nature.

pute sin.

Of Abraham's
Chap. iv.

faith. man unto whom God imputeth braham, which he had being righteousness without works, yet uncircumcised.

7 Saying, Blessed are they 13 For the promise, that he whose iniquities are forgiven, should be the heir of the world, and whose sins are covered. was not to Abraham, or to his

8 Blessed is the man to seed, through the law, but whom the Lord will not im- through the righteousness of

faith. Cometh this blessedness 14 For if they, which are then

upon the circumcision of the law be heirs, faith is only, or upon the uncircumci- made, void, and the promise sion also pa for we say that made of none effect. faith was reckoned to Abra 15 Because the law workham for righteousness. eth wrath; for where no law

10 How was it then reck- is, there is no transgression. oned? when he was in circum 16 Therefore it is of faith, cision, or in uncircumcision that it might be by grace; to Not in circumcision, but in un- the end the promise might be circumcision.

sure to all the seed; not to that 11 And he received the sign only which is of the law, but of circumcision, a seal of the to that also which is of the righteousness of the faith faith of Abraham, who is the which he had, yet being uncir- father of us all, cumcised; that he might be 17 (As it is written, I have the father of all them that be made thee a father of many lieve, though they be not cir- nations, before him, whom he eumcised; that righteousness believed, even God, who quickmight be imputed to them also; eneth the dead, and calleth

12 And the father of cir- those things which he not, as cumcision to them, who are though they were: not of the circumcision only, 18 Who against hope bebut who also walk in the steps lieved in hope, that he might of that faith of our father À. become the father of many na

e It should be remembered that tions ; according to that which the word circumcision here means the Fews, & uncircumcision, the Gentiles, bCalleth, or speaketh of those things that is, all nations except the Jews. which do not yet exist, as though then The apostle is here showing, that the now really existed; for the promise blessedness of pardon and forgive. to Abraham that he should be the ness of sins, comes upon, or is ex father of many nations, was made tended to the Gentiles, as well as the when he was 100 and Sarah 90 years Jews, and for this reason ; because of age, and as yet they had no child; Abraham's faith was accounted to buc Abraham believed God that it him for righteousness, before he was should be, even according to that, circumcised.

which was spoken.

Justification by faith. Romans.

Reconciliation was spoken,Soshallthy seed be. glory in tribulations also;

19 And, being not weak in knowing that tribulation workfaith, he considered not his eth patience; own body now dead, when he 4 And patience, experience; was about an hundred years and experience, hope; old, neither yet the deadness 5 And hope maketh not aof Sarah's womb.

shamed; because the love of 20 He staggered not at the God is shed abroad in our promise of God through unbe- hearts by the Holy Ghost, lief; but was strong in faith, which is given unto us. giving glory to God:

6 For when we were yet 21 And being fully per- without strength, in due time suaded that what he had Christ died for the ungodly. promised he was able also to va For scarcely for a rightperform.

eous man will one die; yet

per22 And therefore it was im- adventure for a good man some puted to him for righteousness. would even dare to die.

23 Now, it was not written 3 But God commendeth his for his sake alone that it was love toward us, in that, while imputed to him ;

we were yet sinners, Christ 24 But for us also, to whom died for us. it shall be imputed, if we be 9 Much more then, being lieve on him, that raised up now justified by his blood, we Jesus our Lord from the dead; shall be saved from wrath

25 Who was delivered for through him. our offences, and was raised 10 For if, when we were again for our justification. enemies, we were reconciled to CHAP. V.

God by the death of his Son; i Being justified by faith, we much more, being reconciled,

with God. 12 Sin we shall be saved by his life. and death came by Adam, 17 11 And not only so, but we righteousness and life by also joy in God through our

Lord Jesus Christ, by whom THEREFORE, being jus. we have now received the atified by faith, we have peace tonement.b with God through our Lord

12 Wherefore, as by one Jesus Christ :

man sin entered into the world, 2 By whom also we have and death by sin; and so death aecess by faith into his grace a passed upon all men, for that wherein we stand, & rejoice in all have sinned: hope of the glory of God. 13 (For until the law sin

3 And not only so, but we was in the world; but sin is

a Into this gracious covenant of par b Atonement, a state of reconciliadon and salvation by Jesus Christ, tion,and salvation, through the medie wberein we stand.

ation, merits, and death of Christ.

have peace

Christ.

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