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 1:2 WHICH HE HAD PROMISED AFORE BY HIS PROPHETS IN THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
  • Lu2677
    Romans1:18-19,V.20"For the invisable things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen,being clearly understood by the that are made even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse," 21-22
  • Thanks to be a Christian.
    No mater what devils do, God remains supreme.
  • Lu2677
    Romans 1:28-32 (Even these people will some day do the following) Isaiah 45:23,Romans 14:11,Philipians 2:10, V.11 says"And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Whether they will be doing it in heaven or hell; God will judge.
  • A disciple
    A right understanding of the truth of God in Christ, will answer every miscalculation of men's thinking. The fact is, that God is absolutely going to "force" the world to submit under His Son Jesus Christ; and our assurance of this, is that He has raised Jesus from the dead and given Him ALL AUTHORITY in heaven and on earth, and the Name above every name!We repent because we are warned in advance.
  • Lilian
    I am not ashamed the gospel of Christ for it is the Power of God unto Salvation to everyone that BELIEVETH thanks to the blood of Jesus . I love you Jesus because you first loves us . by your Grace you have given us your faith so that we all must have life in abundance and to experience your goodness and your mercy i will praise you Jesus and worship you alone for you are my rock and my salvation

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