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

  • Sue
    Did you mean to say we are upheld by the power of the enemy in the first paragraph.
  • Macktheknife
    What was the sin of Adam which Paul references that has doomed many to condemnation? He believed his God given wife, Eve, who was seduced by Satan. This paradigm is not changed by Jesus! It obviously still exists today, this world being overwhelmed by sinful inhabitants. But the good news is that God had strengthened his argument by sending his beloved Son in his stead to plead with us of God
  • I AM
    How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence. Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.
  • Magecius Mwima
    Through Faith In Jesus Christ Refers To One Accepting Jesus As Lord And Saviour Of Ones Life. Fully Trusting Him. As Saviour Acknowledging What He Did On The Cross And As Lord, The Ruler And One Who Has Authority Over Ones Life. Amen.
  • LadyA
    I believe we are covered by the blood of JESUS CHRIST AND HIS GRACE IS MORE THAN WE DESERVE!
    Thank God for the holy spirit and how I trust the path that God has me on.
  • Unique
    Very powerful scripture, displaying the mind of an infinite God, who before the fall of Man already had himself in mind to redeem Man back to Himself whom He created in His image and like likeness, yet without sin, He became sin for us all by His Grace towards us. The innocent before the fall

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