2 Corinthians 5:21

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For he hath made him to be sinne for vs, who knewe no sinne, that wee might bee made the righteousnesse of God in him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He made Him who knew no sin {to be} sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Him who knew no sin he made `to be' sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For him who had no knowledge of sin God made to be sin for us; so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.
- Basic English Bible

Him who knew not sin he has made sin for us, that *we* might become God's righteousness in him.
- Darby Bible

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
- Webster's Bible

He has made Him who knew nothing of sin to be sin for us, in order that in Him we may become the righteousness of God.
- Weymouth Bible

For him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
- World English Bible

God the fadir made hym synne for vs, which knewe not synne, that we schulden be maad riytwisnesse of God in hym.
- Wycliffe Bible

for him who did not know sin, in our behalf He did make sin, that we may become the righteousness of God in him.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 5:21


5:21 He made him a sin offering, who knew no sin - A commendation peculiar to Christ. For us - Who knew no righteousness, who were inwardly and outwardly nothing but sin; who must have been consumed by the divine justice, had not this atonement been made for our sins. That we might be made the righteousness of God through him - Might through him be invested wi th that righteousness, first imputed to us, then implanted in us, which is in every sense the righteousness of God.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 5:21


2Co 5:21 Hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin. As a sinless substitute he suffered for our sins, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. That our sins might thus be atoned for, the law satisfied, and we be forgiven and accounted righteous. Since we die with Christ, in him we pay the penalty, and are justified.

Discussion for 2 Corinthians 5

  • Regina goodman
    My god my god u lives inside of me and I ask myself when you know the lord how do one makes mistakes you have shown us right from wrong and I still Choose to wrong but because of your grace mercy and loving kindness you give us the tool to get it right. Holy spirit I just thank you to let us reconcile our actions and thoughts because if you was not a forgiving God where would I be you thank you.
  • S.F.
    In the Spirit of Christ, whom we are joined to and are one spirit with, we ARE a whole new creation waiting to be manifest as His beloved sons!
  • Wayne
    Clarion, we don't know our length of days so don't delay. Take it to the Lord. Get it done. Love in Christ and much success.
  • Tonya franklin
    this really helps me a lot
  • Bridget odole
    It means I have no past.I have just been born.I have a better life now because,I was born by the spirit.
  • MockingBird
    I am in Christ and I am a new creation in Jesus Christ : I have been a child of God for several years now and I am becoming in the process of a new creation each and every day . This is a continual daily walk and renewing : Even though my body and mind didn't get saved : I must continue to feed on Gods word daily and in fellowship with Him : Yes : starve the flesh : Feed the spirit within : Praise God !! Old things are passing away daily and all things are becoming new every day !!