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

  • 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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