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

  • Delina green
    This was so awesome, I received every word spoken of God command and promise, I am a Christian believer, I love worshipping Christ, I love praising him I adore him in spirit and truth. He is my God and saviour, o my just typing this message I feel the anointing all over me ,, this was a blessing to me. And I enjoy study from Matthew Henry commentary bible. , God blesses you all. Amen
  • Irene123
    Politics and the Bible religion has anyone ever noticed - the world hasn't changed one iota for the better for all our arguing, discussing, about it nor has the Bible. The world stays the same confusing the Word of God hasn't been 'listening' either. But it's not - confusing.
  • Irene123
    "I believe this and I believe that and I don't believe this nor that" Jesus said to satan - IT IS WRITTEN ..... " Saying "I" is what satan did concerning God - Isa. 14:13-14 FIVE times satan said, I WILL. "For thou hast said in thine heart ..... "
  • Irene123
    Eph. 2:10 - "....... UNTO good works which God hath before ordained that we should 'walk' in them." Jas. 2:14, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26. 'Walk' implies - DOING something for the Lord; not just telling people "I am a Christian."
  • Joan Travick
    Romans 2:1, Notice the the scripture says, man (flesh) who judges. We are not flesh but are spirit beings in flesh bodies. GOD is referring to the flesh because all flesh does the same things; but, we who are spirit in flesh bodies judge as we see
  • Eliiah
    For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see and that they which see might be made blind. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believes on me should not abide in darkness. For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And all flesh shall see the salvation of God. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

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