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

  • A disciple
    Correction and apologies for an earlier post: I meant to address Jimmy, but mistakenly addressed it to Servant of God. Everyone please forgive me and accept my apology; no offense intended.
  • D W Lee
    Jimmy - John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. --- We must believe but that alone will not save you -The devils believe.
  • A disciple
    servant; you said,"..the good news of Christ is we don't have to work and keep the Law anymore.." You turn the grace of God into lasciviousness! Is that the Good News? Beware of false prophets, enemies of the cross, who speak not according to the Word because there is no light in them, and they seek to pervert the Word of God after their own ungodly lusts and love of this present evil world!
  • A disciple
    Jimmy; "the power of God unto salvation" does not go forth from Him to us without any effect; but we are, according to the Scriptures and according to the Spirit of Truth abiding in us who obey Him, "Workers Together With God." God created us in Christ "Unto Good Works" in order to be a sign for instruction and to convict the world, in order to save it. The Word of Christ is with power and result!
  • A disciple
    But will faith without works save us? How shall it be known what kind we are if not by our manner of life our spirit our WORKS? Faith without works is like a body without the animation of the spirit, DEAD AS A DOOR NAIL! Talk is cheap! Lip-service, sentimental feelings, SAYING over and over again, I Believe; but not thinking enough of Him whom you say you believe to be careful to DO WHAT HE SAYS?
  • Jimmy a disciple of Jesus
    the gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation and guess what??everything else!!!what is the gospel of Christ?? the good news of Christ is we dont have to work and keep the Law anymore but just believe on Him..this is for salvation and everything else!!Just believe on him!! Im so free!!!! Thank you Jesus!!!!!!!

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