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

  • Bruce
    Clg: All Men Created Equal? Is that The Paper John Hancock Signed? I Don't think that quote is in The Bible.
  • Clg
    He clearly states in the bible he doesnt look on outward appearance but at our heart. Hes clearly looking at our motives. If someone is going through troubles. Accept youre going through troubles, whatever they may be. Ask Him to help you. Don't give up on Him. He says all men are created equal.
  • Dotaoflight
    Praise GOD brethlens beloved.. Apostle Paul in Romans 2:11 i quote "God Has no respect with men" in other translation is that GOD IS A JUST GOD..HE DOES NOT SHOW FAVORISM NEITHER WILL HE SHOW ANY FAVOURISM WHEN HE COME TO JUDGE THE WORLD..WHEN HE COMES HE MEANS BUSINESS... BIBLE IS CRYSTAL CLEAR LETS NOT JUDGE OTHERS,WE AINT JUDGES GOD IS. PAUL PREACHES ON THAT GODS GOODNESS LEAD US TO REPENTANCE.
  • Steve morrow
    ROMANS 2:11 FOR THERE IS NO RESPECT OF PERSONS WITH GOD ACTS 19:26MOREOVER YOU SEE AND HEAR THAT NOT ALONE AT --- EPHESUS --- BUT ALMOST THROUGHOUT ALL ASIA THIS PAUL HATH PERSUADED AND TURNED AWAY MUCH PEOPLE SAYING THEY BE NO GODS WHICH ARE MADE WITH HANDS ****EPHESIANS 2:9 NOT OF WORKS LEST ANY MAN SHOULD BOAST****
  • A disciple
    Paul is speaking against hypocrisy in those to whom much is given, but don't do; and not if the Gentiles should follow the Law! The point that the Apostle is making; is about accountability to God, and a good conscience, according to the light that's been given. For the one who does not have the Law, but does by nature, (ie; in a good conscience) the things in the Law, is better than a hypocrite!
  • Lu2677
    Duke,Did you read Romans 2:1-13?Y,your confusion caused you to err.V.14 does not say they are not"required",it says they do not"have" the law,Gentiles did not have the law that the Jews had.They were able to do things according to the "law by nature" because of what v.15 says"shew the law that is written in their hearts, (by God) and their conscience bearing witness"repent of error against Paul.

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