Romans 5:20

“Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Moreouer, the Lawe entred, that the offence might abound: but where sinne abounded, grace did much more abound.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the law came in besides, that the trespass might abound; but where sin abounded, grace did abound more exceedingly:
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the law came in addition, to make wrongdoing worse; but where there was much sin, there was much more grace:
- Basic English Bible

But law came in, in order that the offence might abound; but where sin abounded grace has overabounded,
- Darby Bible

Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
- Webster's Bible

Now Law was brought in later on, so that transgression might increase. But where sin increased, grace has overflowed;
- Weymouth Bible

The law came in besides, that the trespass might abound; but where sin abounded, grace abounded more exceedingly;
- World English Bible

And the lawe entride, that gilt schulde be plenteuouse; but where gilt was plenteuouse,
- Wycliffe Bible

And law came in, that the offence might abound, and where the sin did abound, the grace did overabound,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 5:20


5:20 The law came in between - The offence and the free gift. That the offence might abound - That is, the consequence (not the design) of the law's coming in was, not the taking away of sin, but the increase of it. Yet where sin abounded, grace did much more abound - Not only in the remission of that sin which Adam brought on us, but of all our own; not only in remission of sins, but infusion of holiness; not only in deliverance from death, but admission to everlasting life, a far more noble and excellent life than that which we lost by Adam's fall.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 5:20


Ro 5:20 Moreover law entered. Not the law, but law. The reference is not only to the law of Moses, but to all divine law, the law written in the hearts of the Gentiles. The effect of its entrance was that offenses abounded. Law was continually broken. The reference here is not to Adam's sin, but to the personal sins of each man. Grace did much more abound. The grace of the gospel offers a free pardon to all who have broken law if they will come to God through Christ.

Discussion for Romans 5:20

  • Abel Gonlewon for verse 20
    5:20 is telling us that there is a spirit of rebellion that is associated with the sinful nature in human that always want to rebel against laws. So when the law came, eventhough we may try to obey, but that spirit will always force you to disobey, and when you do the law will condemned you
  • Daniel Ikpechi for verse 20
    IF THE GRACE OVERFLOW THE MORE EVEN WHRE SIN ABOUNDED,THAT MEAN GOD REALY LOVE US SO MUCH THAT HE WANT EVERY BODY TO BE SAVE, IF YOU CAN SHOW PENITENCE OVER YOUR SIN GOD IS EVER READY TO FORGIVE BUT THE PROBLEM SOME PEOPLE HAVE THIS DAYS IS THAT, MANY SIN BUT REFUSE TO BLIEVE THAT THIS IS SIN EVEN AT THE PLACE SOME PEOPLE CALLED THE HOUSE OF GOD BUT NOT DOING WHAT SHOULD BE DONE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD, HOW CAN SUCH PEOPLE BE SAVE WHILE THE BIBLE DO NOT PERMITE US TO CONTINOUR IN SIN BECAUSE GRACE ABIDE,BECOUSE IF YOU DIE IN SIN YOU MAY NOT MAKE IT ALL BECAUSE GRACE OVER FLOW BUT YOU NEED TO DESERVE IT, AND TO DESERVE GRACE IS IN YOUR HANDS BECAUSE GOD HAS ALREADY MADE IT EASY FOR US BY LET THE GRACE OVERFLOW EVEN WHERE SIN INCREASE. MAY GOD HELP US TO DESERVE HIS GRACE IN JESUS NAME.

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