Main point summary
In His justice and omnipotence, God will judge every one of us according to our works. Don't think you're exempt from God's righteous wrath and store up wrath for yourself by sinning - rather repent and by patience and well-doing seek after glory, honor, and immortality.
Therefore you have f no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges.
For g in passing judgment on another
you condemn yourself,
because you, the judge, practice the very same things.
We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things.
Do you suppose, O man— you who judge those who practice such things
and yet do them yourself—
that you will escape the judgment of God?
Or do you presume on h the riches of his kindness and i forbearance and j patience,
k not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
But because of your hard and impenitent heart
you are l storing up m wrath for yourself
on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.
n He will render to each one according to his works:
to those who o by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality,
he will give eternal life;
but for those who are self-seeking 1
and p do not obey the truth,
but obey unrighteousness,
there will be wrath and fury.
There will be tribulation and distress
q for every human being who does evil, the Jew r first and also the Greek,
but glory and honor and s peace
for everyone who does good, t the Jew first and also the Greek.
For u God shows no partiality.
For all who have sinned v without the law
will also perish without the law,
and all who have sinned under the law
will be judged by the law.
For w it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God,
but the doers of the law who will be justified.
For when Gentiles, who do not have the law,
x by nature do what the law requires,
they are a law to themselves,
even though they do not have the law.
They show that the work of the law is y written on their hearts,
while their conscience also bears witness,
and their conflicting thoughts accuse
or even excuse them
z on that day when, a according to my gospel,
God judges b the secrets of men c by Christ Jesus.