Romans 15:4

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For whatsoeuer things were written aforetime, were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might haue hope.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that through patience and through comfort of the scriptures we might have hope.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now those things which were put down in writing before our time were for our learning, so that through quiet waiting and through the comfort of the holy Writings we might have hope.
- Basic English Bible

For as many things as have been written before have been written for our instruction, that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.
- Darby Bible

For whatever things were written formerly, were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
- Webster's Bible

For all that was written of old has been written for our instruction, so that we may always have hope through the power of endurance and the encouragement which the Scriptures afford.
- Weymouth Bible

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that through patience and through encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
- World English Bible

For what euere thingis ben writun, tho ben writun to oure techynge, that bi pacience and coumfort of scripturis we haue hope.
- Wycliffe Bible

for, as many things as were written before, for our instruction were written before, that through the endurance, and the exhortation of the Writings, we might have the hope.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 15:4


15:4 Aforetime - In the Old Testament. That we through patience and consolation of the scriptures may have hope - That through the consolation which God gives us by these, we may have patience and a joyful hope.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 15:4


Ro 15:4 For whatsoever things were written. The passage just quoted applies to Christ, and all things written in the Old Scriptures are for our learning. Instruction. Might have hope. The purpose of the Scriptures is to impart a present blessed hope through the patience and the comfort they impart to those who suffer for God.

Discussion for Romans 15:4

  • Brianna for verse 4
    This defines the purpose of the bible in a nutshell. It was designed to give comfort and hope, to help us endure until Jehovah God put an end to the wickedness we see. Sometimes individuals question why the bible doesn 't speak on dinosaurs or aliens. The bible was not written for an In depth explanation of life beyond the stars, or every creature that ever existed. They very we 'll could exist. But the bible was specifically written for humans as a guide to help us attain the real life, on a paradise earth. Perhaps then we can satisfy our questions for other things.
  • Rick Buoy for verse 4
    this is a good verse giving us the hope of knowing that our Lord will some day come back to earth to claim his bride the church
  • Clarence Williams for verse 4
    God is a changeless God in a changing world. Since all scripture is divinely inspired,it is written to us and therefore instruction is derived from the Old and New Testaments.

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