Romans 3:20

“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Therefore by the deedes of the Law, there shall no flesh be iustified in his sight: for by the Law is the knowledge of sinne.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law {comes} the knowledge of sin.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

because by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified in his sight; for through the law `cometh' the knowledge of sin.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Because by the works of the law no man is able to have righteousness in his eyes, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.
- Basic English Bible

Wherefore by works of law no flesh shall be justified before him; for by law [is] knowledge of sin.
- Darby Bible

Therefore by the deeds of the law, there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
- Webster's Bible

For on the ground of obedience to Law no man living will be declared righteous before Him. Law simply brings a sure knowledge of sin.
- Weymouth Bible

Because by the works of the law, no flesh will be justified in his sight. For through the law comes the knowledge of sin.
- World English Bible

For of the werkis of the lawe ech fleisch schal not be iustified bifor hym; for bi the lawe ther is knowyng of synne.
- Wycliffe Bible

wherefore by works of law shall no flesh be declared righteous before Him, for through law is a knowledge of sin.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 3:20


3:20 No flesh shall be justified - None shall be forgiven and accepted of God. By the works of the law - On this ground, that he hath kept the law. St. Paul means chiefly the moral part of it, #Rom 3:9|,19 Rom 2:21,26; &c. which alone is not abolished, #Rom 3:31|. And it is not without reason, that he so often mentions the works of the law, whether ceremonial or moral; for it was on these only the Jews relied, being wholly ignorant of those that spring from faith. For by the law is only the knowledge of sin - But no deliverance either from the guilt or power of it.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 3:20


Ro 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law. "Works of the law" (Revised Version). In the Greek, this reads, "Works of law". The statement is general, and of course would include the law of Moses. Shall no flesh be justified. Since all are found to be sinners, law-breakers, none can be counted sinless; or, in other words, justified. For by the law [is] the knowledge of sin. Again the article "the" is not found in the Greek before "law". Law, generally, when once known, reveals to us that we are transgressors. The savage steals as a legitimate pursuit, but when once he hears the law, "Thou shalt not steal" (Ex 20:15), his sin is revealed.

Discussion for Romans 3

  • Irene123
    Bruce - Of course I knew that, and so does Mike Wms. I agree, it could have been stated better - now that you made me look at it from a different angle. But, the 'main' point of the statement is not the redeeming, but the ecumenical 'reforming' of the world. That's what Ch. Sheldon wanted to do. He just didn't understand 'salvation'.
  • Bruce
    Irene: Christ is The only One who Redeems. Without His Blood there's no Salvation. Verse 24 says: Redemption is in Christ Jesus. The Mission of True Believers is to Tell Others The Way of Salvation. We are The The Only Light in this World of Darkness
  • Irene123
    Rom. 3:24 - "Our mission is to redeem humanity, not to reform society" -- Mike Williams
  • Lu2677
    Bruce,I believe the verses you gave."fearful","spirit of fear"could be referring to worldly things.I will hold fast to:Luke 12:4"Jesus said,And I say to you my friends, be not afraid of them that kill the body,and after that have no more that they can do." 5."But I will forwarn you whom ye shall fear:Fear him, whom after hath killed hath power to cast into hell.Yea,I say unto you fear him
  • Bruce
    Lu2677: For God hath not given us The Spirit of "Fear";but of power,and of love and of a sound mind. 2Timothy1:7 / But the "Fearful",and unbelieving---- and idolaters and all liars,shall have their part in The Lake which burneth with Fire and Brimstone: which is the second death. Revelation 21:8 / Fear says one needs a Savior! / Let us---come boldly unto The Throne of Grace---. Hebrews 4:16
  • Duke
    In this chapter, Paul posits that faith in God through Jesus Christ obviates the law. But this concept muddies the waters in that there is no concretion to the concept of faith. How is faith measured. It is self declared mostly by born again who feel enpowered now to ban the right of woman to chose what happens in their own bodies and who can marry who. Hypocrites! First cast out the beam

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