Romans 1:21

“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Because that when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankefull, but became vaine in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

because that, knowing God, they glorified him not as God, neither gave thanks; but became vain in their reasonings, and their senseless heart was darkened.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Because, having the knowledge of God, they did not give glory to God as God, and did not give praise, but their minds were full of foolish things, and their hearts, being without sense, were made dark.
- Basic English Bible

Because, knowing God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but fell into folly in their thoughts, and their heart without understanding was darkened:
- Darby Bible

Because that when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
- Webster's Bible

For when they had come to know God, they did not give Him glory as God nor render Him thanks, but they became absorbed in useless discussions, and their senseless minds were darkened.
- Weymouth Bible

Because, knowing God, they didn't glorify him as God, neither gave thanks, but became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless heart was darkened.
- World English Bible

For whanne thei hadden knowe God, thei glorifieden hym not as God, nether diden thankyngis; but thei vanyschiden in her thouyts, and the vnwise herte of hem was derkid.
- Wycliffe Bible

because, having known God they did not glorify [Him] as God, nor gave thanks, but were made vain in their reasonings, and their unintelligent heart was darkened,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 1:21


1:21 Because, knowing God - For the wiser heathens did know that there was one supreme God; yet from low and base considerations they conformed to the idolatry of the vulgar. They did not glorify him as God, neither were thankful - They neither thanked him for his benefits, nor glorified him for his divine perfection. But became vain - Like the idols they worshipped. In their reasonings - Various, uncertain, foolish. What a terrible instance have we of this in the writings of Lucretius! What vain reasonings, and how dark a heart, amidst so pompous professions of wisdom!


People's Bible Notes for Romans 1:21


Ro 1:21 When they knew God. Had the knowledge shown in Ro 1:20. They turned from their knowledge, did not glorify the invisible Creator, yielded neither adoration nor gratitude. Became vain in their imaginations. Thoughts or reasonings. When men turn willfully from truth, they will run to the extremes of error. The world (the pagan world) yielded to idle fancies, and were involved in deeper darkness. He who shuts out the light will finally be unable to bear it. Vain. Empty, useless. See De 32:21.

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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