Romans 1:14

“I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I am debter both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians, both to the wise, and to the vnwise.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I am debtor both to Greeks and to Barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish.
- American Standard Version (1901)

I have a debt to Greeks and to the nations outside; to the wise and to those who have no learning.
- Basic English Bible

I am a debtor both to Greeks and barbarians, both to wise and unintelligent:
- Darby Bible

I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the barbarians, both to the wise, and to the unwise.
- Webster's Bible

I am already under obligations alike to Greek-speaking races and to others, to cultured and to uncultured people:
- Weymouth Bible

I am debtor both to Greeks and to foreigners, both to the wise and to the foolish.
- World English Bible

To Grekis and to barberyns, to wise men and to vnwise men,
- Wycliffe Bible

Both to Greeks and to foreigners, both to wise and to thoughtless, I am a debtor,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 1:14


1:14 To the Greeks and the barbarians - He includes the Romans under the Greeks; so that this division comprises all nations. Both to the wise, and the unwise - For there were unwise even among the Greeks, and wise even among the barbarians. I am a debtor to all - I am bound by my divine mission to preach the gospel to them.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 1:14


Ro 1:14 I am a debtor. He owed it, or was under obligation to preach the gospel both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians. The Greeks called other people but themselves barbarians, but in the apostolic age the Romans were excepted. The cultured Greeks and the proud Romans looked with contempt on all other races. Paul is a debtor to both, and must give them the gospel. Hence he is so anxious to labor at Rome. Both to the wise, and to the and unwise. Here the division into two classes turns on knowledge, instead of race. His meaning is that the gospel must be offered to every class.

Discussion for Romans 1

  • Charles fiorucci
    the depravity of man is in romans 1-24-32 a clear picture of our culture
    hell awaits them what a sad state yet they think it is an acceptable
    life style and GOD will pass by there sin how sad 1cor6-9 also
    mentions sodomy and other sins which are practiced without
    real repentance in faith in jesus christ for salvation will
    be in hell based upon GOds word not mine
  • Zenaida
    We please Godby our faith and through faith alone, not by faith through works.
  • Bee
    Verses 11, 12 talk about the encouraging and positive results of meeting together with fellow believers. We not only receive encouragement but we want to make sure to give it to others to help them be firm in the faith.
  • Irene123
    to mockingbird on Romans .... ?; sorry, forgot the ch. anyway your comment was very good. I'm sure there is no way of your replying to this comment (I've never seen such on here). you sound like an apostolic ..... ?
  • MockingBird
    Faith is pleasing to God : Faith is the righteousness of God : Jesus is our righteousness and Jesus walked in Faith toward God : It is from Faith to Faith : This is a continual walk with God : You cannot have faith without being obedient to what you hear : Doing : From Faith to Faith . If you be willing and obedient , you shall eat the good of the land .
  • Gj
    In Romans 1 Paul humble himself explaining his call as an apostle in a servant manner. He do not boast about being a called apostle by God but a servant called of God. He greet them by telling of their faithful and how the whole world knew of it. We learn much just reading and meditating on Chapter 1. We learn of our indebtedness to all people, and that all have a need of Salvation. God be praised

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