“Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:”
King James Version (KJV)
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.
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.
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