Romans 2:17

“Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Behold, thou art called a Iew, and restest in the Law, and makest thy boast of God:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But if you bear the name "Jew and rely upon the Law and boast in God,"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But if thou bearest the name of a Jew, and restest upon the law, and gloriest in God,
- American Standard Version (1901)

But as for you who have the name of Jew, and are resting on the law, and take pride in God,
- Basic English Bible

But if *thou* art named a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast in God,
- Darby Bible

Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,
- Webster's Bible

And since you claim the name of Jew, and find rest and satisfaction in the Law, and make your boast in God,
- Weymouth Bible

Indeed you bear the name of a Jew, and rest on the law, and glory in God,
- World English Bible

But if thou art named a Jew, and restist in the lawe, and hast glorie in God,
- Wycliffe Bible

Lo, thou art named a Jew, and dost rest upon the law, and dost boast in God,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 2:17


2:17 But if thou art called a Jew - This highest point of Jewish glorying, after a farther description of it interposed, #Rom 2:17 |- 20, and refuted, Rom 2:21 - 24, is itself refuted, #Rom 2:25|, &c. The description consists of twice five articles; of which the former five, #Rom 2:17|,18, show what he boasts of in himself; the other five, #Rom 2:19|,20, what he glories in with respect to others. The first particular of the former five answers to the first of the latter; the second, to the second, and so on. And restest in the law - Dependest on it, though it can only condemn thee. And gloriest in God - As thy God; and that, too, to the exclusion of others.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 2:17


Ro 2:17 Behold, thou art called a Jew. Already, Paul has shown that all men, Jew or Gentile, will be judged according to their deeds, whether they have the law or not (Ro 2:1-16). Now he applies the argument directly to the Jew, in order to show his need of the gospel as well as the Gentile. Ro 2:17-20 state what the Jew claimed for himself. Called a Jew. To Paul the word "Jew" had a meaning much like "Christian" to us. It meant to him one of God's people. Rested upon the law. There is no article before "law" in the Greek. The Jew had law, in this case "the" law, for his foundation. Makest thy boast of God. Boasted of God's favor to his race.

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