Romans 3:29 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 3:29, NIV: "Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too,"

Romans 3:29, ESV: "Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also,"

Romans 3:29, KJV: "Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:"

Romans 3:29, NASB: "Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also,"

Romans 3:29, NLT: "After all, is God the God of the Jews only? Isn't he also the God of the Gentiles? Of course he is."

Romans 3:29, CSB: "Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too,"

What does Romans 3:29 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul knew that some religious Jews would object to what He was writing. Many still believed they would not be judged by God for their own personal sin because they were circumcised and followed the law—because they were law-observant Jews. Paul has carefully dismantled the logic behind that belief. First, nobody can follow the law perfectly, which means nobody can be deemed righteous in God's eyes on the basis of the law (Romans 3:10). Second, God holds all people to the same moral standards, since He gives all people an opportunity to recognize and seek Him (Romans 1:18–20).

Now Paul continues with two questions: Is God only the God of the Jews? Many Jews throughout Israel's history may have said yes to that question. Paul says "No, God is also the God of the Gentiles—the non-Jews." He is the only God, after all. All people must answer to Him. Therefore, it makes sense that God's perfect, ultimate, righteous judgment would carry the same standards for all people.