Romans 3:20

“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Therefore by the deedes of the Law, there shall no flesh be iustified in his sight: for by the Law is the knowledge of sinne.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law {comes} the knowledge of sin.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

because by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified in his sight; for through the law `cometh' the knowledge of sin.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Because by the works of the law no man is able to have righteousness in his eyes, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.
- Basic English Bible

Wherefore by works of law no flesh shall be justified before him; for by law [is] knowledge of sin.
- Darby Bible

Therefore by the deeds of the law, there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
- Webster's Bible

For on the ground of obedience to Law no man living will be declared righteous before Him. Law simply brings a sure knowledge of sin.
- Weymouth Bible

Because by the works of the law, no flesh will be justified in his sight. For through the law comes the knowledge of sin.
- World English Bible

For of the werkis of the lawe ech fleisch schal not be iustified bifor hym; for bi the lawe ther is knowyng of synne.
- Wycliffe Bible

wherefore by works of law shall no flesh be declared righteous before Him, for through law is a knowledge of sin.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 3:20

3:20 No flesh shall be justified - None shall be forgiven and accepted of God. By the works of the law - On this ground, that he hath kept the law. St. Paul means chiefly the moral part of it, #Rom 3:9|,19 Rom 2:21,26; &c. which alone is not abolished, #Rom 3:31|. And it is not without reason, that he so often mentions the works of the law, whether ceremonial or moral; for it was on these only the Jews relied, being wholly ignorant of those that spring from faith. For by the law is only the knowledge of sin - But no deliverance either from the guilt or power of it.

People's Bible Notes for Romans 3:20

Ro 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law. "Works of the law" (Revised Version). In the Greek, this reads, "Works of law". The statement is general, and of course would include the law of Moses. Shall no flesh be justified. Since all are found to be sinners, law-breakers, none can be counted sinless; or, in other words, justified. For by the law [is] the knowledge of sin. Again the article "the" is not found in the Greek before "law". Law, generally, when once known, reveals to us that we are transgressors. The savage steals as a legitimate pursuit, but when once he hears the law, "Thou shalt not steal" (Ex 20:15), his sin is revealed.

Discussion for Romans 3

  • 2ChromeEyes
    Romans 3:30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision BY faith, and un-circumcision THROUGH faith.
    I believe this verse is referring to salvation to the Jews as his people by origin, and salvation to the Gentiles as his people by adoption. In either position, it is faith IN Christ which saves a man.
  • Doug Cutler for verse 23
    I go along with Alvis: There must be different meanings for all. That word has been used several places that if used as we use all, no one would be alive today. Or live after the end times. There is mention of being transformed instantly and not dying. All would include these if used as we do today.
  • Mike
    all have sinned, sinned has the letters "ed " at the end of it, that means past tense. Our Savior Jesus said " go and sin no more " redeemed by the blood of the Lamb AMEN.
  • Blessed
    gal. 5:22 the fruit of the spirit no law is above because the spirit establish the law through faith in all thy ways acknowledge him JESUS say he come not to break the law but to fulfill it
  • MockingBird for verse 23
    All have sinned : To come short is that I have not met the expectation of God 's Glory. That can only be done through Jesus Christ : I sin from time to time : I no longer sin : But if I continue in that sin I am a sinner !!!
  • Ingrid
    I love the book of Romans! It encompasses all the truth of what Christ is to Christians. He is the one who, by grace, brought forgiveness to ALL who simply accept him as the son of God, as Redeemer of sin, as the Holy and Anointed one. This book tells us that there is not one who is not a sinner, not one who does not need his blood to be cleansed in front of God the Father 's eyes. And, that there is nothing WE can do to work our way to eternal works of charity so there will be no boasting the only righteous thing to do is to accept Him and hold that peace in our hearts knowing that we are his adopted children, sons and daughters of the King of kings to whom He grants his most beautiful promise of eternal life!

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