Romans 5:12

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Wherefore, as by one man sinne entred into the world, and death by sin: and so death passed vpon all men, for that all haue sinned.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned--
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Therefore, as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin; and so death passed unto all men, for that all sinned:--
- American Standard Version (1901)

For this reason, as through one man sin came into the world, and death because of sin, and so death came to all men, because all have done evil:
- Basic English Bible

For this [cause], even as by one man sin entered into the world, and by sin death; and thus death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
- Darby Bible

Wherefore as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.
- Webster's Bible

What follows? This comparison. Through one man sin entered into the world, and through sin death, and so death passed to all mankind in turn, in that all sinned.
- Weymouth Bible

Therefore, as sin entered into the world through one man, and death through sin; and so death passed to all men, because all sinned.
- World English Bible

Therfor as bi o man synne entride in to this world, and bi synne deth, and so deth passide forth in to alle men, in which man alle men synneden.
- Wycliffe Bible

because of this, even as through one man the sin did enter into the world, and through the sin the death; and thus to all men the death did pass through, for that all did sin;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 5:12


5:12 Therefore - This refers to all the preceding discourse; from which the apostle infers what follows. He does not therefore properly make a digression, but returns to speak again of sin and of righteousness. As by one man - Adam; who is mentioned, and not Eve, as being the representative of mankind. Sin entered into the world - Actual sin, and its consequence, a sinful nature. And death - With all its attendants. It entered into the world when it entered into being; for till then it did not exist. By sin - Therefore it could not enter before sin. Even so - Namely, by one man. In that - So the word is used also, #2Cor 5:4|. All sinned - In Adam. These words assign the reason why death came upon all men; infants themselves not excepted, in that all sinned.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 5:12


Ro 5:12 Wherefore. The section which now follows is one of the most difficult in the Bible to explain clearly in the compass of a few words. It opens up one of the profoundest questions of theology. The "wherefore" refers to the reconciliation (atonement) of Christ spoken of in Ro 5:11. Christ's work of atonement and the effect of Adam's sins are contrasted. As by one man. By the sin of Adam. Sin entered into the world. The world of mankind is meant. Death by sin. Death was led in by sin. Had there been no sin, there had been no death. "The tree of life stood in the midst of the garden" (Ge 2:9). So death passed upon all men. As the result of one man's sin. For that all have sinned. The personal sins of responsible persons are not now spoken of, but all the race sinned in Adam, its representative, infants, idiots, and all. Hence all die.

Discussion for Romans 5

  • Lilian
    Thanks to the blood ofJesus by his blood we are sanctified., we are saved by his grace. Jesus made everything new he paid the price on the cross our job now is to accept and believe Jesus that he is a son of a living God. Only thru him and by his blood only we have life in abundance. Lets praise him only for he is worthy. Our tribulations in life could come but only praising Jesus we have peace
  • Norm
    Brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, who are His church: See here in verses 1 through 11 that while the members of the church of Christ will suffer tribulations, the body of Christ will NOT be appointed to the wrath of Great tribulation of hell when all flesh will die of famine, war, pestilence and captivity. Let no man carrying that spirit of antichrist deceive you with their vain words: JESUS CHRIST is the SAVIOUR, that is true! His sacrifice and His blood is sufficient atonement for all our sins so there is no cause for the faithful to be "delivered up"! Be blessed and rejoice in the saving grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen
  • Abraham
    Jesus is my rock and salvation, without him nothing else could have save me from my sins. I thank God for his son Jesus Christ, to delivered us from our sins, by died for us in the cross of cavalry. It has been a good thing since i know Jesus, my life has change totally for good. Praise the LORD.
  • Sylvia
    Paul is letting us know that even though, Adam failed and plunch the world into sin because of his disobedience, Jesus came and died to save the world. Only He was worthy. For we all have sin and come short of his glory. Thank God for Jesus his son.
  • Clara N. Offord
    v. 8 shows us , God demonstrating his Love for us... What an example to follow???
  • Brianna
    Vs.13 is an interesting fact. It shows that sin was always there, but unless there was a law , that it could not be charged against us. So for Adam and Eve, they had but one law, and broke that law resulting in sin. They could have been doing other sins, but until there was a law against it they could not be charged. I.e. it was only after they ate the fruit that they became ashamed of their nakedness Very interesting scripture.

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