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

  • Spencer
    The Fear of The Lord is reverence and obedience. Bowing our heads in prayer, kneeling before Him in church, etc. That is being reverent. I think reverence also implies submitting ourselves to God the best we can. Thank you for the fellowship Peace of Christ be with us all
  • Gladys Thomas
    Obeying God shows our Love And Respect for Him.
  • Sylvia
    To fear GOD is to Repect HIM. GOD doesn't want us to be afraid of him. GOD sent his only begotten son to save us from our sins. GOD is LOVE.
  • Wayne
    Fahim, another word for fear is reverence God. Realize how great and Godly He is. And worship Him.
  • Norm
    Psalms 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. 2 Corinthians 7:15 And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him. Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
  • Fahim84 for verse 18
    i cannot see fearing God to be a peaceful thing

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