Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God.
 For no human being will be justified in his sight by works of the law, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from law, although the law and the prophets bear witness to it,
 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction;
 since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
 they are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus,
 whom God put forward as an expiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins;
 it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies him who has faith in Jesus.
 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On the principle of works? No, but on the principle of faith.
 For we hold that a man is justified by faith apart from works of law.
 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also,
 since God is one; and he will justify the circumcised on the ground of their faith and the uncircumcised through their faith.
 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
 As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.
 And as he sat at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples.
 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
 But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.
 Go and learn what this means, `I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”
 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.
The Revised Standard Version of the Bible is copyright © National Council of Churches of Christ in America