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
    In a statement certain to startle Jewish readers, Rom. 3:30 says, "There is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith." The declaration that there is one God who relates to both Jews and Gentiles through faith dramatically reveals that the radical monotheism of the Jewish people must become the radical monotheism of the Gentiles." cont.
  • Pauline Lewis
    1 John 1:8-10King James Version KJV 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
  • Coretta
    I think. Romans 3 means that if you've accepted the Lord as your savior and die in your sin he is just to forgive you do to your lack of knowledge.When you know no better you do know better.When you know better you fo better.Do you think your earthly father will abandon you because you do wrong.No.Well your heavenly father loves you more.He's a merciful God.Love covers a multitude of sin.
  • BSP
    This verse shows that every person living has sinned. We have all inherited sin from our imperfect ancestors, Adam and Eve.
  • Spencer
    The Fear of The Lord is reverence and obedience. Bowing our heads in prayer, kneeling before Him in church, etc. That is being reverent. I think reverence also implies submitting ourselves to God the best we can. Thank you for the fellowship Peace of Christ be with us all
  • Gladys Thomas
    Obeying God shows our Love And Respect for Him.

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