"The law" refers to what is written in the conscience of all mankind beginning with Adam, later expanded by Moses in the Ten Commandments further written in the civil and ceremonial laws and thus ultimately what is known as the "old Covenant" which is expounded upon by Moses and the prophets and is the primary reference in the Penteteuch, historical, poetical and prophetical books of the Old Testament thus giving the complete Old Testament Scriptures at times the designation as "the law". The phrases "deeds of the law" or "works of the law" refers to the obedience of the moral laws written upon human conscience, further written upon stone in the ten commandments and further written and expanded in the civil and ceremonial laws as expounded by Moses and the Prophets. It is easy to demonstrate the above definitions in reference to the doctrine of justification in the New Testament. 1. The same question given to Jesus concerning what to do in order to inherit eternal life by the Scribe in Luke 10:25-28 and in Matthew 19:17-28 to the Rich Young ruler is the law. In the former Deuteronomy 6 is the proper response while in the latter the ten commandments are specifically referred to by Christ. 2. In Romans 7:1-7 the ten commandments are referred to as the law Paul was formerly under and the tenth commandment "thou shalt not covet" is specifically referred to. 3. In Romans 2:13 the law that justifies in the day of judgement is the law the Jews boasted in - Romans 2:17. This is the same law the Jews boasted in for justification in Galatians 3:10-13. 4. It is this law or the law that has the ten commandments as its basis that is done away with in Christ and is opposed or not "of faith" in Galatians 3:12 and opposed to faith in Romans 4:5 "worketh not BUT believeth." CONCLUSION: The Ten commandments is the basis for Jewish law and justification by faith in Christ is contrasted to justification in the sight of God by keeping the ten commandments inclusive of all its applications (civil, ceremonial).