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

  • Bruce
    Sylvia:To know and grow,feed on the word daily. Yesterday the stairs impossible,today1or2steps, tomorrow?Tell others what He has done for you!Matthew10:32 Church that:preaches,heaven/hell,salvation by blood of Christ.period.Hebrews10:12. Support your church that does the above. 1Timothy 5:18. TV evangelist pull-plug! Years back great preachers today hands out with deep pockets. For all who read.
  • Ann
    Sylvia, please talked with God, he will give you understanding. Just have Faith in him. He will show you what the scriptures mean. May God Bless you and keep you. Amen!
  • Irene123
    To Sylvia - I'm not going to be your 'teacher'; here's a scripture to get you started (if you are serious, you need to pray for His understanding) - Hosea 4:6; Rom. 14-15; Heb. 10:25. You need to read Hosea 4:1-9, very carefully, to catch what is there. It applies very much to this day. Also, ask the Lord, in Jesus name, to lead you to a church that preaches HIS WHOLE truth f the Bible.
  • Sylvia
    I love to read the bible but sometimes its so hard to understand what they're talking about. I need someone to help me with the bible to really understand
  • 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
  • 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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