Romans 2:21

“Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thy selfe? thou that preachest a man should not steale, doest thou steale?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

you, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that one shall not steal, do you steal?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

thou therefore that teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?
- American Standard Version (1901)

You who give teaching to others, do you give it to yourself? you who say that a man may not take what is not his, do you take what is not yours?
- Basic English Bible

thou then that teachest another, dost thou not teach thyself? thou that preachest not to steal, dost thou steal?
- Darby Bible

Thou therefore who teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?
- Webster's Bible

you then who teach your fellow man, do you refuse to teach yourself? You who cry out against stealing, are you yourself a thief?
- Weymouth Bible

You therefore who teach another, don't you teach yourself? You who preach that a man shouldn't steal, do you steal?
- World English Bible

what thanne techist thou another, and techist not thi silf? Thou that prechist that me schal not stele, stelist?
- Wycliffe Bible

Thou, then, who art teaching another, thyself dost thou not teach?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 2:21


2:21 Thou dost not teach thyself - He does not teach himself who does not practise what he teaches. Dost thou steal, commit adultery, commit sacrilege - Sin grievously against thy neighbour, thyself, God. St. Paul had shown the gentiles, first their sins against God, then against themselves, then against their neighbours. He now inverts the order: for sins against God are the most glaring in an heathen, but not in a Jew. Thou that abhorrest idols - Which all the Jews did, from the time of the Babylonish captivity. Thou committest sacrilege - Doest what is worse, robbing Him who is God over all of the glory which is due to him. None of these charges were rashly advanced against the Jews of that age; for, as their own historian relates, some even of the priests lived by rapine, and others in gross uncleanness. And as for sacrilegiously robbing God and his altar, it had been complained of ever since Malachi; so that the instances are given with great propriety and judgment.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 2:21


Ro 2:21 Thou therefore who teachest another. Having just described the proud claims of the Jews, he next inquires how their practice corresponds. Teachest thou not thyself? He who teaches others how to live, does he teach himself how to live? Dost thou steal? Some of the essential principles of the law which the Jews supposed to teach to others. The decalogue forbade stealing (Ex 20:15), but the Jews were already proverbial for their tricky methods of trade.

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