Romans 2:15

“Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Which shew the worke of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witnesse, and their thoughts the meane while accusing, or else excusing one another:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

in that they show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness therewith, and their thoughts one with another accusing or else excusing `them');
- American Standard Version (1901)

Because the work of the law is seen in their hearts, their sense of right and wrong giving witness to it, while their minds are at one time judging them and at another giving them approval;
- Basic English Bible

who shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts accusing or else excusing themselves between themselves;)
- Darby Bible

Who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing testimony, and their thoughts the mean while accusing, or else excusing one another)
- Webster's Bible

since they exhibit proof that a knowledge of the conduct which the Law requires is engraven on their hearts, while their consciences also bear witness to the Law, and their thoughts, as if in mutual discussion, accuse them or perhaps maintain their innocence--
- Weymouth Bible

in that they show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience testifying with them, and their thoughts among themselves accusing or else excusing them)
- World English Bible

that schewen the werk of the lawe writun in her hertis. For the conscience of hem yeldith to hem a witnessyng bytwixe hem silf of thouytis that ben accusynge or defendynge,
- Wycliffe Bible

who do shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also witnessing with them, and between one another the thoughts accusing or else defending,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 2:15


2:15 Who show - To themselves, to other men, and, in a sense, to God himself. The work of the law - The substance, though not the letter, of it. Written on their hearts - By the same hand which wrote the commandments on the tables of stone. Their conscience - There is none of all its faculties which the soul has less in its power than this. Bearing witness - In a trial there are the plaintiff, the defendant, and the witnesses. Conscience and sin itself are witnesses against the heathens. Their thoughts sometimes excuse, sometimes condemn, them. Among themselves - Alternately, like plaintiff and defendant. Accusing or even defending them - The very manner of speaking shows that they have far more room to accuse than to defend.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 2:15


Ro 2:15 Which shew. Such Gentiles, not having the law, are a law to themselves, for they show forth in their lives that the essential principles of the law are written in their hearts. Not only do their outward acts testify, but their conscience, which condemn or approve their own acts, or those of others. That is, their consciences testify as to distinctions between right and wrong. They have a moral sense.

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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