Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith.
Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith.
Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on our good deeds. It is based on our faith.
So where does that leave our proud Jewish insider claims and counterclaims? Canceled? Yes, canceled. What we've learned is this: God does not respond to what we do; we respond to what God does.
What reason, then, is there for pride? It is shut out. By what sort of law? of works? No, but by a law of faith.
Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith.
Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith.
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1 tn Although a number of interpreters understand the “boasting” here to refer to Jewish boasting, others (e.g. C. E. B. Cranfield, “‘The Works of the Law’ in the Epistle to the Romans,” JSNT 43 : 96) take the phrase to refer to all human boasting before God.
2 tn Grk “By what sort of law?”