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

  • 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.
  • Lu2677
    Romans 5:19 "For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous." Amen
  • Sherro singleton
    Tru one man sinned..Christ Jesus.still have grace..surrender..to. help us all....what a mighty God...we served..
  • JOSEPH ROSSOMANDO
    GRACE OF GOD :The unmerited and abundant gift of God's love and favor to man. JESUS CHRIST
  • Belai Haile
    I Love Paul so much because he loves my Jesus Christ. He transformed from darkness into light that's a blessed. When I see the life of Paul ;is amazing he didn't ask the change but a free gift. I love Jesus Christ. praise Him any way He is so good to me.
  • Dan
    if sin could not be imputed without law Jesus could not die for our sins the law opened the door for his sacrifice 13 verse

Bible Options