A Thought on Romans 3

“For by works of the law, no human being will be justified in his sight, for through the law comes knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and Prophets bear witness to it–the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction…” Romans 3:20-22 in the ESV

This is my thought. I am not going to favor one translation over another, just point out that this question is quite important for the passage. Three things will I change: law=Law as in Torah, faith in Christ=faith of Christ (based on the genitive case christou in the Greek), human being=flesh (which is the actual word used… think about circumcision, grr!!!)

“For by works of the Torah, no flesh will be justified in his sight, for through the Torah comes knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the Torah, although the Torah and Prophets bear witness to it–the righteousness of God through the faith of Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction…” Romans 3:20-22 Alternate translation with legitimate (though still controversial) changes!

Gives a different flavor and in some cases a different meaning! Talk about throwing me off! Then throw in a completely New Perspective translation and you get:

“For by the works of the Torah, no flesh will be members of the sin-forgiven Covenant people in his sight, for through the Torah comes knowledge of sin. But now the covenant faithfulness of God has been manifested apart from the Torah, although the Torah and Prophets bear witness to it–the covenant faithfulness of God though the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who believe/are faithful (depends on the NPness of the person). For there is no distinction…” Romans 3:20-22 NPP style..

My distress is complete.

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  1. Romans 11:14 – σὰρξ = Jews.

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