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

  • Temica
    I just want to say we all need our faith increse and i thank God for being God and to know we have him to look to from an evil wicked world things will end but his love will never and we have to belive that we didnt creat our self and really dont understand ourselves so we know to turn to our God our creator and thats enough
  • Aiii
    Faith and Love is what we need. As well as belief of course. I'm disturbed by those who are so vigilant in their own interpretations I fear open minded change is what you proudly consider beneath you. I pray I am wrong forgive me if I mistake your passion and pride.
  • Will
    Our love for Jesus moves us to work whole-souled in whatever we do for him.
  • Irene123
    To Wm. - I just now noticed - quote, "I only utilize the KJV, BUT ..... "; telling me to be more liberal than you does not sound good. I have known the way of Jesus word for - 50 yrs.
  • William
    sis Irene, I am with you because I only utilize the KJV. However, let us not be so dogmatic about any bible translation. Kjv is very reliable, but there are other reliable ones also. All that matters is a changed life in Christ.
  • Marshalyn
    indeed.this is life be like..living with faith in God through our Lord Jesus