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

  • Brianna
    Vs. 20

    Very simple and makes sense. How can anyone look at the creation of the world and rule out that someone created it? Creation itself should tell you there is an intelligent designer. However, we can not rely on creation to tell us everything about Jehovah God. We must also read his word the Bible as it reveals the character of the Creator.
  • Steve morrow
    ROMANS 1:28 AND EVEN AS THEY DID NOT LIKE TO RETAIN IN THEIR KNOWLEDGE GOD GAVE THEM OVER TO A REPROBATE MIND TO DO THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE NOT CONVENIENT
  • Joan Travick
    Romans 1:1-2 references the scripture wherein GOD said, I will send you pastors and teachers after mine own heart. Paul's calling was a call of election by the WILL
  • Steve morrow
    john 20:29 JESUS saith unto him Thomas because thou hast seen ME thou hast believed blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed Deuteronomy 18:18 I will raise them up a PROPHET from among their brethren like unto thee and will put MY words in HIS mouth and HE shall speak unto them all that I shall command HIM 19 and it shall come to pass that whosoever will not hearken unto MY words which HE shall speak in MY name I will require it of him 20 but the prophet which shall presume to speak a word in MY name which I have not commanded him to speak or that shall speak in the name of other gods even that prophet shall die ACTS 3:22 FOR MOSES TRULY SAID UNTO THE FATHERS A PROPHET SHALL THE LORD YOUR GOD RAISE UP UNTO YOU OF YOUR BRETHREN LIKE UNTO ME HIM SHALL YOU HEAR IN ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER HE SHLL SAY UNTO YOU 23 AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS THAT EVERY SOUL WHICH WILL NOT HEAR THAT PROPHET SHALL BE DESTROYED FROM AMONG THE PEOPLE-------1 CORINTHIANS 16:22 IF ANY MAN LOVE NOT THE LORD JESUS CHRIST LET HIM BE ACURSED O LORD COME-------
  • Irene123
    To Tony - The Lord and God Jesus Christ BLESS for your bold stand for His truth!!
  • Riikkaliina Turkki
    I think Romans 1:20 is a lovely verse: It assures me that God, our father of heavens, is taking care of us.

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