"Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and brag about your relationship to God; if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law; if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth—you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who brag about the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? As it is written: "God's name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you" (Romans 2:17-24)
Having the Law brings superior knowledge, but it also brings accountability. What could be omitted by ignorance, cannot be omitted by awareness. The Jews prided themselves in observing on the Law, trusting that they were good enough by being careful to do everything it instructed.
the same laws the Jews are claiming to have kept, are the laws they had repeatedly broken.
However, here’s a shocking revelation by Paul—the same laws the Jews are claiming to have kept, are the laws they had repeatedly broken. The Book of James says, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it” (James 2:10).