1 Therefore, a having been justified by faith, 1 we have b peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 c through whom also we have access by faith into this grace d in which we stand, and e rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but f we also glory in tribulations, g knowing that tribulation produces 2 perseverance; 4 h and perseverance, 3 character; and character, hope. 5 i Now hope does not disappoint, j because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
6 For when we were still without strength, 4 in due time k Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But l God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified m by His blood, we shall be saved n from wrath through Him. 10 For o if when we were enemies p we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved q by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also r rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
12 Therefore, just as s through one man sin entered the world, and t death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned - 13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but u sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, v who is a type of Him who was to come.
15 But the free gift is not like the 5 offense. For if by the one man's offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded w to many. 16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many 6 offenses resulted in justification. 17 For if by the one man's 7 offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)
18 Therefore, as through 8 one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through x one 9 Man's righteous act the free gift came y to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by z one Man's obedience many will be made righteous. 20 Moreover a the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace b abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.