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Julian Pe- · human Knowledge and Wisdom-He asserts that they Corinth. riod, 4771. Vulgar Æra,
knew God, but concealed the Knowledge of him, till their 58.
own Hearts lost sight of the Truth, and they established
19 Because that which may be known of God is mani-
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead ; so that they are without excuse :
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened:
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves :
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient ;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful :
32 Who knowing the judgment of God that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
§ 4. ROM. ii. 1-3.
in the Condemnation of the Gentiles for their sins-NoN
1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, Oman, whosoever
2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.
3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them
85. ROM. ii. 4—11.
tend to their Condemnation, if they do not repent—He
4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness, and for-
5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart, treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds ;
7 To them, who, by patient continuance in well doing, seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life :
8 But unto them that are contentious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness; indignation, and wrath,
9 Tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man that
10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that
$ 6. ROM. ii. 12-16.
cording to the degree of Light and Knowledge they have
Julian Pe act up to it, without having received the later knowledge of Corinth. riod, 4771.
it, will find favour with God at the great Day, when all
Men shall be judged by the Law of Conscience, and of
12 For as many as have sinned without law, shall also
13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves :
15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing, or else excusing one another :)
16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men,
§ 7. ROM. ii. 17–24.
not justify the Jew— The inefficacy of the Mosaic Law
17 Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the
18 And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;
19 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness.
20 An insructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law :
21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest, A man should not steal, dost thou steal ?
22 Thou that sayest, A man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery ? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?
23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law, dishonourest thou God ?
24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gen-
$8. ROM. ii. 25, to the end.
Jews gloried, as the sign of their descent from Abraham,
Julian Pe transgressing the Lan, the Jen forfeited his Privileges, Corinth. riod, 4771. Vulgar Æra,
and was in no better condition than the uncircumcised 58.
Gentile-The Gentiles, who perform the duties of the
25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the
26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?
27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?
28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly: neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circum-
$9. ROM. iii, 1–8.
Julian Po 1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit Corinth.
" 2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them
3 For what, if some did not believe ? shall their unbe-
4 God forbid : yea, let God be true, but every man a liar : as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
5 But if our righteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance ? (I speak as a man).
6 God forbid : for then how shall God judge the world?
7 For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory, why yet am I also judged as a sinner?
8 And not rather (as we be slanderously reported, and
$10. ROM. iii. 9–20.
the Gentiles-To which question the Apostle again af-
9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise :
10 As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one:
11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable ; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their
14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness ;
19 Now we know, that what things soever the law