Romans 1:14

“I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I am debter both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians, both to the wise, and to the vnwise.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I am debtor both to Greeks and to Barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish.
- American Standard Version (1901)

I have a debt to Greeks and to the nations outside; to the wise and to those who have no learning.
- Basic English Bible

I am a debtor both to Greeks and barbarians, both to wise and unintelligent:
- Darby Bible

I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the barbarians, both to the wise, and to the unwise.
- Webster's Bible

I am already under obligations alike to Greek-speaking races and to others, to cultured and to uncultured people:
- Weymouth Bible

I am debtor both to Greeks and to foreigners, both to the wise and to the foolish.
- World English Bible

To Grekis and to barberyns, to wise men and to vnwise men,
- Wycliffe Bible

Both to Greeks and to foreigners, both to wise and to thoughtless, I am a debtor,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 1:14


1:14 To the Greeks and the barbarians - He includes the Romans under the Greeks; so that this division comprises all nations. Both to the wise, and the unwise - For there were unwise even among the Greeks, and wise even among the barbarians. I am a debtor to all - I am bound by my divine mission to preach the gospel to them.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 1:14


Ro 1:14 I am a debtor. He owed it, or was under obligation to preach the gospel both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians. The Greeks called other people but themselves barbarians, but in the apostolic age the Romans were excepted. The cultured Greeks and the proud Romans looked with contempt on all other races. Paul is a debtor to both, and must give them the gospel. Hence he is so anxious to labor at Rome. Both to the wise, and to the and unwise. Here the division into two classes turns on knowledge, instead of race. His meaning is that the gospel must be offered to every class.

Discussion for Romans 1

  • John Blue
    Steve morrow - Great peace have they that love thy law and nothing shall offend them. TRUTH
  • Steve morrow
    ROMANS 1:1 PAUL A SERVANT OF JESUS CHRIST CALLED TO BE AN APOSTLE SEPARATED UNTO THE GOSPEL OF GOD ISAIAH 59:2 BUT YOUR INIQUITIES HAVE SEPARATED BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR GOD AND YOUR SINS HAVE HID HIS FACE FROM YOU THAT HE WILL NOT HEAR 1 CORINTHIANS 6:17 WHEREFORE COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM AND BE YOU SEPARATE SAITH THE LORD AND TOUCH NOT THE UNCLEAN THING AND I WILL RECEIVE YOU
  • BSP
    Verse 25: People can get so wrapped up in trying to learn something or solve a problem that they can forget about the Creator.
  • Ray321
    Romans 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh Jesus had sinful flesh like we do. But Jesus never sinned. Jesus had his Father's in Heaven blood. Jesus was ready to become the Savior for our sins. Thank you Jesus.
  • A disciple
    "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:" We hear and read that God made the world, and that He rules in the kingdoms of men. This part in Romans 1 describes very specifically that every man's life is made by God, according to what kind of man.
  • BSP
    In verses 14 through 16 Paul referred to himself as a debtor. We owe everyone an opportunity to hear the good news.

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