Romans 2:14

“For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For when the Gentiles which haue not the Law, doe by nature the things contained in the Law: these hauing not the Law, are a Law vnto themselues,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

(for when Gentiles that have not the law do by nature the things of the law, these, not having the law, are the law unto themselves;
- American Standard Version (1901)

For when the Gentiles without the law have a natural desire to do the things in the law, they are a law to themselves;
- Basic English Bible

For when [those of the] nations, which have no law, practise by nature the things of the law, these, having no law, are a law to themselves;
- Darby Bible

For when the Gentiles, who have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these having not the law, are a law to themselves.
- Webster's Bible

For when Gentiles who have no Law obey by natural instinct the commands of the Law, they, without having a Law, are a Law to themselves;
- Weymouth Bible

(for when Gentiles who don't have the law do by nature the things of the law, these, not having the law, are a law to themselves,
- World English Bible

For whanne hethene men that han not lawe, don kyndli tho thingis that ben of the lawe, thei not hauynge suche manere lawe, ben lawe to hem silf,
- Wycliffe Bible

For, when nations that have not a law, by nature may do the things of the law, these not having a law -- to themselves are a law;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 2:14

2:14 For when the gentiles - That is, any of them. St. Paul, having refuted the perverse judgment of the Jews concerning the heathens, proceeds to show the just judgment of God against them. He now speaks directly of the heathens, in order to convince the heathens. Yet the concession he makes to these serves more strongly to convince the Jews. Do by nature - That is, without an outward rule; though this also, strictly speaking, is by preventing grace. The things contained in the law - The ten commandments being only the substance of the law of nature. These, not having the written law, are a law unto themselves - That is, what the law is to the Jews, they are, by the grace of God, to themselves; namely, a rule of life.

People's Bible Notes for Romans 2:14

Ro 2:14 When Gentiles, which have not the law. No revelation, such as the Jews had. They had a law of nature (Ro 1:18,32). Do by nature the things contained in the law. Paul has shown how the general principle that "God will render to every man according to his works" (Pr 24:12 Mt 16:27 2Ti 4:14) applies to the Jews; they will be judged by law, and only law-doers will be justified. He now shows that the same principle applies to the Gentiles. They have no revealed and written law like the Jews, but in case Gentiles, without it, should keep the things contained in the law, the moral principles of the law of Moses, they are a law to themselves. Their consciences and moral sense are a law. The apostle does not say that this was the rule among the Gentiles, but applies the principle to the very rare instances of Gentiles of pure character.

Discussion for Romans 2

  • Ray321
    Romans 2:1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself for thou that judgest doest the same things. This is proof that Christians do sin and need cleansing by the Word.
  • A disciple
    This chapter does not say that we are all arrogant hypocrites; but it does most effectively penetrate to the innermost thoughts and intents of our hearts, that we work so hard to hide from others, but God knows. Resting in one's being a Jew, or belonging to such and such Church, or anything whereby we might think we're better than our neighbor doesn't release us, but makes us the more accountable.
  • BSP
    Verses 21 through 24 shows that there is a danger that the ones who are supposed to be teaching may be the very one with hypocritical actions.
  • Ray321
    Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God, Paul was not of shame of it. All we have to do is believe it.
  • Douglas Gilbert Wells
    It is what in the heart that counts
  • Wayne
    We need to look to God for our salvation. Abraham took God at his Word when He said take your son and sacrifice him and it was counted for righteousness to Abraham. Jesus told us to go and spread the gospel and I have given you the power. In Daniel there was four in the fire not three. Do we not know who we are in Jesus Christ. Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit to be in us and how can we doubt.

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