Romans 1:22

“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Romans 1:22

Professing themselues to be wise, they became fooles:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Professing to be wise, they became fools,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
- American Standard Version (1901)

Seeming to be wise, they were in fact foolish,
- Basic English Bible

professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
- Darby Bible

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools:
- Webster's Bible

While boasting of their wisdom they became utter fools,
- Weymouth Bible

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
- World English Bible

For thei `seiynge that hem silf weren wise, thei weren maad foolis.
- Wycliffe Bible

professing to be wise, they were made fools,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Romans 1:22

Wesley's Notes for Romans 1:22


1:20 For those things of him which are invisible, are seen - By the eye of the mind. Being understood - They are seen by them, and them only, who use their understanding

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!

1:23 And changed - With the utmost folly. Here are three degrees of ungodliness and of punishment: the first is described, #Rom 1:21 |- 24; the second, #Rom 1:25 |- 27; the third, in #Rom 1:28|, and following verses. The punishment in each case is expressed by God gave them up. If a man will not worship God as God, he is so left to himself that he throws away his very manhood. Reptiles - Or creeping things; as beetles, and various kinds of serpents.

1:24 Wherefore - One punishment of sin is from the very nature of it, as #Rom 1:27|; another, as here, is from vindictive justice. Uncleanness - Ungodliness and uncleanness are frequently joined, #1Thes 4:5 as are the knowledge of God and purity|. God gave them up - By withdrawing his restraining grace.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 1:22


Ro 1:22 Became fools. The Greeks and Roman heathen boasted of their wisdom and held the rest of the world in contempt, but at the same time their idolatry showed their utter folly.

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