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

  • Emanuel Fernandes
    Trying of your faith worketh patience (fruit of the spirit) it also builds faith trials of your faith is precious but it must be tried with fire so the Lord can use you. Why? Without faith it's IMPOSSIBLE to please him
  • A disciple
    "For if by one man's offence death reigned by one much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ." There is evidently a great chasm fixed between the Scriptures of Truth and the Other Gospel that is so popularly believed in today. The Truth is that we WERE dead in sins and bound with chains of darkness, alienated in our minds by nature away from God, and all knowledge and spiritual understanding but now in Christ we ARE alive and righteous, clean through the word which He has spoken and made new creations made after the image of Him who loved us and gave Himself for us. No matter what men may say and contradict and argue the fact done is that we are now made holy and righteous through the grace of Jesus Christ, and have eternal life. Sin and death do not have dominion over us!
  • Elijah
    The question that is asked by the bible trivia, '3.  Paul says that tribulations give us what?
    I think that the answer to the question is wrong. It does not give all three. It is by enduring tribulations that we learn the value of dealing with trials patiently, and by doing thus, we gain experience. Through these experiences we see our reason for hope in God. Praise the Lord for His mercy.
  • Edna
    not only reconciled peace with God but saved by his life, thru his ressurtion, if there was no ressurtion we would be dead in our sins.So we have hope in Gods gift to us JESUS CHRIST
  • Edna
    by the first man ADAM BROUGHT SIN AND DEATH INTO THE WORLD. BUT BY THE SECOND MAN JESUS THE GRACE OF GOD BROUGHT RIGHTOUSNESS AND PEACE JESUS CRIST WE ARE RECONCILED BY HIS BLOOD
  • Steve morrow
    TITUS 2:11 FOR THE GRACE OF GOD THAT BRINGETH SALVATION HATH APPEARED TO ALL MEN --2:12-- TEACHING US THAT DENYING UNGODLINESS AND WORLDLY LUSTS WE SHOULD LIVE SOBERLY AND RIGHTEOUSLY IN THIS PRESENT WORLD

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