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 1:21

  • I find reading both fearful and acknowlegable for the truth and understanding conflict with life experiences. Or perhaps the written word and spirit are not the same???
  • Ron Fair for verse 21
    In Romans 1 we see the path that men take to the point of no longer considering Gods place in their lives. here in the fall begins, and the final outcome is total loss of the knowledge of right and wrong.
  • Billy F for verse 21
    I think we in a last day even Christian had those heart be fool by the anti Christ spirit which we in today pray and study deep for your self and learn many being fool today not knowing you being fool today I be praying hard for you and many to be rapture ready before it too late
  • Darrell for verse 21
    Isn't this the exact process that Adam/Eve went through? "When the woman saw". Saw literally means " to advise self", she became vain in her imaginations. Aren't we to "cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God? Seems to me that Adam/Eve represents our spirit/soul .
  • Sonya Finkey for verse 21
    We've witnessed first hand a supervisor, who grew up in a Christian home, but left to become a Buddhist. He has steadily deteriorated over the course of three years, into a vain, adversarial, iniquitous, self-absorbed passive-aggressive person. He cannot be reasoned with, his mind is now noticeably darkened and filtered by unreality. Itś both astonishing and scary to see.

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