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

  • 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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