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

  • Bruce
    John: Thank you John for your testimony. We are the light of the world! Most churches are in a sea of darkness! If others can see Christ in us then there's hope they can get off the Broadway.
  • John
    Rom. 1:15,16 says "I am ready to declare or preach the gospel unto you." Numberous authorities and Barna polls show that less than 2% of the church share their faith. Shame on Us. If we say that we love the world than we must tell our neighbours that God has appointed a Day when He will judge the World in righteousness. Baking a pie won't do it. It is declaring the Gospel that is the Power of God.
  • Felicia
    Verse 20
    It is true that Jesus Christ can only be found in scripture but you can see the fingerprint of God everywhere in creation. If we reject God's existence, it may not be because of lack of evidence but it is because we have too much of it and we don't want to acknowledge it. Thank you Lord for your long suffering. Forgive us for provoking you all the time. You are a great God Jehovah!
  • Irene123
    AMEN and again - AMEN!!! Tony Searight. Thank-you, His people care about the youth!!
  • Antonio
    Romans (the Book as a whole) is a treatise in itself. I read the ROMANS thinking it was for Roman Catholics, that some bishop had written for "us" it had a powerful effect in me. I came to Christ. Romans 1 tells me of the "imputed righteousness" which comes as a result of faith.
    verse 1:4 that Jesus resurected and is alive. and the gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation for all.
  • Alinna david
    I so much look into vers 23

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