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

  • Mickey Frank
    Yes I would love this everday
  • BSP
    The ministry of reconciliation mentioned in verse 18 includes helping others to learn how to come into a better relationship with Jehovah God.
  • Lilian
    God is merciful we were loved because he first loves us. Our Father sent his SON JESUS CHRIST SO THAT WE ALL MUST HAVE LIFE IN ABUNDANCE. WE ARE REDEEMED AND PARDONED BY HIS BLOOD. Lets give thanks to the BLOOD OF JESUS AND WORSHIP HIM AND PRAISE HIM ONLY FOR HE IS WORTHY. THANK YOU FATHER FOR SENDING JESUS TO US. HE IS THE REASON WHY WE WERE PROVIDED OF EVERYTHING. JESUS IS MY LIFE MY SAVIOR AMN
  • Michael Daugherty
    Jesus Christ gave Himself as a ransom for many. We take communion in remembrance of His death. He paid the ultimate price for the sin of all mankind. We will be judged according to how we judge others. We are to look at ourselves to see if we are in right standing with God. Is our hearts right with Him? God loves us and gave His only begotten Son that we might be saved.
  • Michael Daugherty
    Jesus Christ gave Himself as a ransom for many. He died on the cross to pay the ultimate price for the sin of all mankind. That we may be reconciled back to the Father through Him. We are to take communion in remembrance of His death. We do this as believers in Christ Jesus.
  • Michael Daugherty
    Jesus Christ gave Himself as a ransom for many. We being born again of the Spirit, not flesh, are a new creation in Him. Old things have passed away. Behold all things become new. We are to take communion in remembrance of His death. We are all God's children. We die to our old ways and become new in Christ Jesus. We should look at ourselves before we judge someone else. We'll be judged the same.