2 Corinthians 5:21

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For he hath made him to be sinne for vs, who knewe no sinne, that wee might bee made the righteousnesse of God in him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He made Him who knew no sin {to be} sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Him who knew no sin he made `to be' sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For him who had no knowledge of sin God made to be sin for us; so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.
- Basic English Bible

Him who knew not sin he has made sin for us, that *we* might become God's righteousness in him.
- Darby Bible

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
- Webster's Bible

He has made Him who knew nothing of sin to be sin for us, in order that in Him we may become the righteousness of God.
- Weymouth Bible

For him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
- World English Bible

God the fadir made hym synne for vs, which knewe not synne, that we schulden be maad riytwisnesse of God in hym.
- Wycliffe Bible

for him who did not know sin, in our behalf He did make sin, that we may become the righteousness of God in him.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 5:21


5:21 He made him a sin offering, who knew no sin - A commendation peculiar to Christ. For us - Who knew no righteousness, who were inwardly and outwardly nothing but sin; who must have been consumed by the divine justice, had not this atonement been made for our sins. That we might be made the righteousness of God through him - Might through him be invested wi th that righteousness, first imputed to us, then implanted in us, which is in every sense the righteousness of God.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 5:21


2Co 5:21 Hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin. As a sinless substitute he suffered for our sins, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. That our sins might thus be atoned for, the law satisfied, and we be forgiven and accounted righteous. Since we die with Christ, in him we pay the penalty, and are justified.

Discussion for 2 Corinthians 5

  • Irene123
    Vs. 20 - being an ambassador for Christ (God) entails taking ONLY the Word of God to souls - with no 'outside' writings added. His Word, the KJV Bible, is all He has given us.
  • Irene123
    Vs. 18-19; through His death Jesus provided reconciliation for both Jew and Gentile. When the Jews and Gentile are reconciled to God, they will be reconciled to one another. What peace treaties and piece conferences cannot do - the blood of Jesus can.
  • Marshalyn
    indeed.this is life be like..living with faith in God through our Lord Jesus
  • Lilian
    We will walk by Faith and Not by Sight. Jesus was given to us from our Father in Heaven with his Words . We have to believe that Jesus is the Son of the Living God who came in flesh. His words are given to us not to figure out but to BELIEVE IN HIS WORDS AND OBEY THEM . Thru God's words we might be made the righteousness thru Jesus Amen
  • Librarygal143
    I have faith, God. Hallelujah, thank you Jesus.
  • BSP
    We must live our lives in a way that shows that we have faith. It takes faith to truly believe in all of God's promises and to live in a way that shows we have that faith.