1 Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by trust, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
2 through whom we have also obtained access by trust into this grace in which we stand. And so let us boast in the hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only that, but let us also boast in our hardships, knowing that hardship produces endurance;
4 and endurance, character; and character, hope;
5 and hope does not disappoint us, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy spirit that was given to us.
6 For while we were still weak, at the proper time Christ died in place of the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous person will one die; though for a good person perhaps someone would even be brave enough to die.
8 But God shows his own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died in our place.
9 Since we have now been declared righteous by his blood, much more surely then we will be saved from the wrath through him.
10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, we will be saved by his life.
11 And not only that, but we also continue to boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
12 So then, just as through one man sin entered the world and death through sin, in this way death came to all mankind for all sinned.
13 (Indeed, sin was in the world before the law, but sin is not charged to one’s account when there is no law.
14 Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who is a type of the Coming One.
15 But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if many died through the transgression of one man, much more surely did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to many.
16 And the free gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For, on the one hand, the judgment came from one transgression resulting in condemnation, and, on the other hand, the free gift came after many transgressions resulting in a verdict of “Righteous!”
17 For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one—Jesus Christ.)
18 So then just as one transgression resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one act of righteousness resulted in righteousness that brings life for all people.
19 For just as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one the many will be made righteous.
20 Now, the law came in with the result that the transgression increased, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,
21 so that, just as sin reigns by means of death, so also grace reigns through righteousness resulting in life in the age to come through Jesus Christ our Lord.