Romans 5:20

“Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Moreouer, the Lawe entred, that the offence might abound: but where sinne abounded, grace did much more abound.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the law came in besides, that the trespass might abound; but where sin abounded, grace did abound more exceedingly:
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the law came in addition, to make wrongdoing worse; but where there was much sin, there was much more grace:
- Basic English Bible

But law came in, in order that the offence might abound; but where sin abounded grace has overabounded,
- Darby Bible

Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
- Webster's Bible

Now Law was brought in later on, so that transgression might increase. But where sin increased, grace has overflowed;
- Weymouth Bible

The law came in besides, that the trespass might abound; but where sin abounded, grace abounded more exceedingly;
- World English Bible

And the lawe entride, that gilt schulde be plenteuouse; but where gilt was plenteuouse,
- Wycliffe Bible

And law came in, that the offence might abound, and where the sin did abound, the grace did overabound,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 5:20


5:20 The law came in between - The offence and the free gift. That the offence might abound - That is, the consequence (not the design) of the law's coming in was, not the taking away of sin, but the increase of it. Yet where sin abounded, grace did much more abound - Not only in the remission of that sin which Adam brought on us, but of all our own; not only in remission of sins, but infusion of holiness; not only in deliverance from death, but admission to everlasting life, a far more noble and excellent life than that which we lost by Adam's fall.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 5:20


Ro 5:20 Moreover law entered. Not the law, but law. The reference is not only to the law of Moses, but to all divine law, the law written in the hearts of the Gentiles. The effect of its entrance was that offenses abounded. Law was continually broken. The reference here is not to Adam's sin, but to the personal sins of each man. Grace did much more abound. The grace of the gospel offers a free pardon to all who have broken law if they will come to God through Christ.

Discussion for Romans 5

  • Calvin
    @ Sylvia...The understanding of the scripture is not giving by the flesh but God's Spirit.Proverbs 3:5
    Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 1 John 2:27But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it
  • 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!
  • 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
  • JOSEPH ROSSOMANDO
    GRACE OF GOD :The unmerited and abundant gift of God's love and favor to man. JESUS CHRIST

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