Main point summary
You might look at the ungodly and self-righteously judge them, but in doing so, you are condemning yourself. The goodness of God leads to repentance which you despise in thinking yourself to be better than others. You store up wrath for the righteous judgment of God. God judges without respect of person. Whoever sinned will perish in the day when God will judge men by Jesus Christ, in accordance to my Good News (i.e. that the righteousness of God can only be received by faith. Rm 1:17).
Therefore you are * inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge,
* for in whatever you judge another
you condemn yourself;
for you who judge practice the same things.
But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things.
And do you think this, O man,
you who judge those practicing such things,
and doing the same,
that you will escape the judgment of God?
Or do you despise * the riches of His goodness, * forbearance, and * longsuffering,
* not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?
But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart
* you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,
who * “will render to each one according to his deeds”:
eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;
but to those who are self-seeking
and * do not obey the truth,
but obey unrighteousness—
indignation and wrath,
tribulation and anguish,
on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew * first and also of the Greek;
* but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
For * there is no partiality with God.
For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law,
and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law
(for * not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God,
but the doers of the law will be justified;
for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves,
who show the * work of the law written in their hearts,
their * conscience also bearing witness,
and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them )
* in the day when God will judge the secrets of men * by Jesus Christ,
* according to my gospel.