Romans 1:21

“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Because that when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankefull, but became vaine in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

because that, knowing God, they glorified him not as God, neither gave thanks; but became vain in their reasonings, and their senseless heart was darkened.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Because, having the knowledge of God, they did not give glory to God as God, and did not give praise, but their minds were full of foolish things, and their hearts, being without sense, were made dark.
- Basic English Bible

Because, knowing God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but fell into folly in their thoughts, and their heart without understanding was darkened:
- Darby Bible

Because that when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
- Webster's Bible

For when they had come to know God, they did not give Him glory as God nor render Him thanks, but they became absorbed in useless discussions, and their senseless minds were darkened.
- Weymouth Bible

Because, knowing God, they didn't glorify him as God, neither gave thanks, but became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless heart was darkened.
- World English Bible

For whanne thei hadden knowe God, thei glorifieden hym not as God, nether diden thankyngis; but thei vanyschiden in her thouyts, and the vnwise herte of hem was derkid.
- Wycliffe Bible

because, having known God they did not glorify [Him] as God, nor gave thanks, but were made vain in their reasonings, and their unintelligent heart was darkened,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 1:21


1:21 Because, knowing God - For the wiser heathens did know that there was one supreme God; yet from low and base considerations they conformed to the idolatry of the vulgar. They did not glorify him as God, neither were thankful - They neither thanked him for his benefits, nor glorified him for his divine perfection. But became vain - Like the idols they worshipped. In their reasonings - Various, uncertain, foolish. What a terrible instance have we of this in the writings of Lucretius! What vain reasonings, and how dark a heart, amidst so pompous professions of wisdom!


People's Bible Notes for Romans 1:21


Ro 1:21 When they knew God. Had the knowledge shown in Ro 1:20. They turned from their knowledge, did not glorify the invisible Creator, yielded neither adoration nor gratitude. Became vain in their imaginations. Thoughts or reasonings. When men turn willfully from truth, they will run to the extremes of error. The world (the pagan world) yielded to idle fancies, and were involved in deeper darkness. He who shuts out the light will finally be unable to bear it. Vain. Empty, useless. See De 32:21.

Discussion for Romans 1

  • 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.
  • Douglas Gilbert Wells
    sounds like the world today like in the old days

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