Is God just or unjust? (Rom 3:5)

“But if our injustice

Confirms

The justice of God,

What should we say?

Can we say

That God is unjust

To inflict wrath on us?

Of course,

I speak in a human way.”

εἰ δὲ ἡ ἀδικία ἡμῶν Θεοῦ δικαιοσύνην συνίστησιν, τί ἐροῦμεν; μὴ ἄδικος ὁ Θεὸς ὁ ἐπιφέρων τὴν ὀργήν; κατὰ ἄνθρωπον λέγω.

Paul said if our injustice (εἰ δὲ ἡ ἀδικία ἡμῶν) confirms (συνίστησιν) the justice of God (Θεοῦ δικαιοσύνην), what should we say (τί ἐροῦμεν)?  Can we say that God (ὁ Θεὸς) is not just (μὴ ἄδικος) to inflict (ὁ ἐπιφέρων) wrath (τὴν ὀργήν) on us?  Of course, Paul was speaking in a human way (κατὰ ἄνθρωπον λέγω).  Paul indicated that our injustice only goes to show or confirm the justice of God.  How can we say that God is unjust because his wrath has come upon us?  That is the human way of speaking about God.  We have accepted the standards of God, so that we can be judged by them.  His justice stands in contrast to our human injustice.  Can we fault God for judging humans by his standards?

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