Romans 5:21

“That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

That as sinne hath reigned vnto death; euen so might grace reigne thorow righteousnes vnto eternall life, by Iesus Christ our Lord.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

that, as sin reigned in death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
- American Standard Version (1901)

That, as sin had power in death, so grace might have power through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
- Basic English Bible

in order that, even as sin has reigned in [the power of] death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
- Darby Bible

That as sin hath reigned to death, even so might grace reign through righteousness to eternal life, by Jesus Christ our Lord.
- Webster's Bible

in order that as sin has exercised kingly sway in inflicting death, so grace, too, may exercise kingly sway in bestowing a righteousness which results in the Life of the Ages through Jesus Christ our Lord.
- Weymouth Bible

that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
- World English Bible

grace was more plenteuouse. That as synne regnede in to deth, so grace regne bi riytwisnesse in to euerlastynge lijf, bi `Crist Jhesu oure Lord.
- Wycliffe Bible

that even as the sin did reign in the death, so also the grace may reign, through righteousness, to life age-during, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 5:21


5:21 That as sin had reigned - so grace also might reign - Which could not reign before the fall; before man had sinned. Through righteousness to eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord - Here is pointed out the source of all our blessings, the rich and free grace of God. The meritorious cause; not any works of righteousness of man, but the alone merits of our Lord Jesus Christ. The effect or end of all; not only pardon, but life; divine life, leading to glory.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 5:21


Ro 5:21 That as sin hath reigned. Hence, with this gracious gospel of mercy for every penitent believer, even as sin once reigned and caused universal death, so might grace reign. All might accept the gospel, and enjoy the divine favor, and thus secure eternal life through Jesus Christ. The scope of God's plan of salvation is wide enough for all. If there are those who are unsaved, it is because they will not come to Christ that they might have life.

Discussion for Romans 5:21

  • This verse exposes anyone who thinks grace somehow means anything goes. Righteousness is necessary and not just God 's righteousness, but what God takes account of in the saints...ultimately seen in the fine linen referred to in the last book of tge Bible - Revelation.

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