Why am I a sinner? (Rom 3:7)

“But if through my falsehood

God’s truthfulness

Abounds to his glory,

Why am I still being condemned

As a sinner?”

εἰ δὲ ἡ ἀλήθεια τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐν τῷ ἐμῷ ψεύσματι ἐπερίσσευσεν (ἐπερίσσευσεν) εἰς τὴν δόξαν αὐτοῦ, τί ἔτι κἀγὼ ὡς ἁμαρτωλὸς κρίνομαι;

Paul posed still another question.  He asked that if through his falsehood (ἐν τῷ ἐμῷ ψεύσματι) God’s truthfulness (εἰ δὲ ἡ ἀλήθεια τοῦ Θεοῦ) abounded (ἐπερίσσευσεν) to his glory (εἰς τὴν δόξαν αὐτοῦ), why was he still being (τί ἔτι κἀγὼ) condemned or judged (κρίνομαι) as a sinner (ὡς ἁμαρτωλὸς)?  Only the Pauline letters used this word ψεύσματι, that means a lie, falsehood, or untruthfulness.  Paul once again wanted to know why was his falsehood contrasted with the truthfulness and glory of God, thus bringing a condemnation to him.  In other words, the untruthful human only highlights the glorious truth of God.  Why should humans be condemned or judged as a sinner when they only bring glory to God by their contrasting behaviors?

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