Romans 3:5

“But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man)”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But if our vnrighteousnesse commend the righteousnesse of God, what shall we say? is God vnrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speake as a man)
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is He? (I am speaking in human terms.)
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But if our righteousness commendeth the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who visiteth with wrath? (I speak after the manner of men.)
- American Standard Version (1901)

But if the righteousness of God is supported by our wrongdoing what is to be said? is it wrong for God to be angry (as men may say)?
- Basic English Bible

But if our unrighteousness commend God's righteousness, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who inflicts wrath? I speak according to man.
- Darby Bible

But if our unrighteousness commendeth the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man.)
- Webster's Bible

But if our unrighteousness sets God's righteousness in a clearer light, what shall we say? (Is God unrighteous--I speak in our everyday language-- when He inflicts punishment?
- Weymouth Bible

But if our unrighteousness commends the righteousness of God, what will we say? Is God unrighteous who inflicts wrath? I speak like men do.
- World English Bible

But if oure wickidnesse comende the riytwisnesse of God, what shulen we seie? Whether God is wickid, that bryngith in wraththe?
- Wycliffe Bible

And, if our unrighteousness God's righteousness doth establish, what shall we say? is God unrighteous who is inflicting the wrath? (after the manner of a man I speak)
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 3:5


3:5 But, it may be farther objected, if our unrighteousness be subservient to God's glory, is it not unjust in him to punish us for it? I speak as a man - As human weakness would be apt to speak.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 3:5


Ro 3:5 But if our unrighteousness commendeth the righteousness of God, etc. Here is presented the Jews' third objection to the conclusion that Israel is under judgment for sin. Paul has just shown that God's righteousness is shown forth in condemning the Jews for their unbelief. "But", says the Jew, "if our unrighteousness demonstrates God's faithfulness, when he condemns us for unbelief, it is right that we should be punished? Our sin gives occasion for God's holiness to be shown forth. Why, then, should we be punished for furnishing such an occasion? Speaking after the manner of men, is not God unrighteous, when he sends wrath on our nation for its unbelief"?

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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