Romans 3:5

“But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man)”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But if our vnrighteousnesse commend the righteousnesse of God, what shall we say? is God vnrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speake as a man)
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is He? (I am speaking in human terms.)
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But if our righteousness commendeth the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who visiteth with wrath? (I speak after the manner of men.)
- American Standard Version (1901)

But if the righteousness of God is supported by our wrongdoing what is to be said? is it wrong for God to be angry (as men may say)?
- Basic English Bible

But if our unrighteousness commend God's righteousness, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who inflicts wrath? I speak according to man.
- Darby Bible

But if our unrighteousness commendeth the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man.)
- Webster's Bible

But if our unrighteousness sets God's righteousness in a clearer light, what shall we say? (Is God unrighteous--I speak in our everyday language-- when He inflicts punishment?
- Weymouth Bible

But if our unrighteousness commends the righteousness of God, what will we say? Is God unrighteous who inflicts wrath? I speak like men do.
- World English Bible

But if oure wickidnesse comende the riytwisnesse of God, what shulen we seie? Whether God is wickid, that bryngith in wraththe?
- Wycliffe Bible

And, if our unrighteousness God's righteousness doth establish, what shall we say? is God unrighteous who is inflicting the wrath? (after the manner of a man I speak)
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 3:5


3:5 But, it may be farther objected, if our unrighteousness be subservient to God's glory, is it not unjust in him to punish us for it? I speak as a man - As human weakness would be apt to speak.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 3:5


Ro 3:5 But if our unrighteousness commendeth the righteousness of God, etc. Here is presented the Jews' third objection to the conclusion that Israel is under judgment for sin. Paul has just shown that God's righteousness is shown forth in condemning the Jews for their unbelief. "But", says the Jew, "if our unrighteousness demonstrates God's faithfulness, when he condemns us for unbelief, it is right that we should be punished? Our sin gives occasion for God's holiness to be shown forth. Why, then, should we be punished for furnishing such an occasion? Speaking after the manner of men, is not God unrighteous, when he sends wrath on our nation for its unbelief"?

Discussion for Romans 3

  • Wayne
    Fahim, another word for fear is reverence God. Realize how great and Godly He is. And worship Him.
  • JLC from Va.
    31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. Once
    the Spirit comes to us we Want to do the Things that are pleasing unto the LORD...Because
    we realize what GOD has Done For Mankind..What we could not do for ourselves. Because the
    Law is Perfect. Like my Father who art in Heaven.. Blessed be the Name of the LORD Forever and Ever.
  • 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
  • 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.

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