Romans 3:27
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New International Version
Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith.

King James Bible
Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

Darby Bible Translation
Where then [is] boasting? It has been excluded. By what law? of works? Nay, but by law of faith;

World English Bible
Where then is the boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith.

Young's Literal Translation
Where then is the boasting? it was excluded; by what law? of works? no, but by a law of faith:

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Jew. Where is boasting, then? - 'η καυχησις, This glorying of ours. Have we nothing in which we can trust for our acceptance with God? No merit of our own? Nothing accruing to us from our circumcision and being in covenant with God.

Apostle, It is excluded - εξεκλεισθη, It is shut out; the door of heaven is shut against every thing of this kind.

Jew. By what law? - By what rule, doctrine, or reason is it shut out? by the law of works? The rule of obedience, which God gave to us, and by which obedience we are accepted by him?

Apostle. Nay - Not by the law of works; glorying is not cut off or shut out by that; it stands in full force as the rule of life; but you have sinned and need pardon. The law of works grants no pardon, it requires obedience, and threatens the disobedient with death. But all glorying in the expectation of salvation, through your own obedience, is excluded by the law, the doctrine of faith: faith alone, in the mercy of God, through the propitiation made by the blood of Jesus, (Romans 3:25), is that by which you can be justified, pardoned, and taken into the Divine favor.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law said, it said to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped...

Romans 2:17,23 Behold, you are called a Jew, and rest in the law, and make your boast of God...

Romans 4:2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he has whereof to glory; but not before God.

Ezekiel 16:62,63 And I will establish my covenant with you; and you shall know that I am the LORD...

Ezekiel 36:31,32 Then shall you remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good...

Zephaniah 3:11 In that day shall you not be ashamed for all your doings, wherein you have transgressed against me...

Luke 18:9-14 And he spoke this parable to certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others...

1 Corinthians 1:29-31 That no flesh should glory in his presence...

1 Corinthians 4:7 For who makes you to differ from another? and what have you that you did not receive? now if you did receive it, why do you glory...

Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God...

of works.

Romans 9:11,32 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand...

Romans 10:5 For Moses describes the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which does those things shall live by them.

Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace...

Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ...

but by.

Romans 7:21,23,25 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me...

Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

Mark 16:16 He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be damned.

John 3:36 He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life...

Galatians 3:22 But the scripture has concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

1 John 5:11,12 And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son...

No Difference
'There is no difference.'--ROMANS iii. 22. The things in which all men are alike are far more important than those in which they differ. The diversities are superficial, the identities are deep as life. Physical processes and wants are the same for everybody. All men, be they kings or beggars, civilised or savage, rich or poor, wise or foolish, cultured or illiterate, breathe the same breath, hunger and thirst, eat and drink, sleep, are smitten by the same diseases, and die at last the same death.
Alexander Maclaren—Romans, Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)

Justice Satisfied
WHEN THE SOUL is seriously impressed with the conviction of its guilt, when terror and alarm get hold upon it concerning the inevitable consequences of its sin, the soul is afraid of God. It dreads at that time every attribute of divinity. But most of all the sinner is afraid of God's justice. "Ah," saith he to himself, "God is a just God; and if so, how can he pardon my sins? for my iniquities cry aloud for punishment, and my transgressions demand that his right hand should smite me low. How can
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 5: 1859

A Great Deal for Me to Read Hast Thou Sent...
1. A great deal for me to read hast thou sent, my dearest brother Consentius: a great deal for me to read: to the which while I am preparing an answer, and am drawn off first by one, then by another, more urgent occupation, the year has measured out its course, and has thrust me into such straits, that I must answer in what sort I may, lest the time for sailing being now favorable, and the bearer desirous to return, I should too long detain him. Having therefore unrolled and read through all that
St. Augustine—Against Lying

Nuremberg Sept. 15, 1530. To the Honorable and Worthy N. , My Favorite Lord and Friend.
Grace and peace in Christ, honorable, worthy and dear Lord and friend. I received your writing with the two questions or queries requesting my response. In the first place, you ask why I, in the 3rd chapter of Romans, translated the words of St. Paul: "Arbitramur hominem iustificari ex fide absque operibus" as "We hold that the human will be justified without the works of the law but only by faith." You also tell me that the Papists are causing a great fuss because St. Paul's text does not contain
Dr. Martin Luther—An Open Letter on Translating

Cross References
Romans 2:17
Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and boast in God;

Romans 2:23
You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?

Romans 3:26
he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

Romans 4:2
If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about--but not before God.

Romans 9:31
but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal.

1 Corinthians 1:29
so that no one may boast before him.

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