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

  • MaryAnn
    God will never leave you or forsake you!
  • 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
  • Sheila M Robinson
    I love God so much, and I'm very grateful that he did not leave us in this world of sin. God's love for us gave us a way to escape from sin and have eternal life. Father, thanks for our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Thanks, for your "Grace" that sufficient for all our sins. The greater our "Faith" the more we receive with humbleness, the meek shall inherited the world.
  • 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???

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