Romans 6:17

“But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But God bee thanked, that yee were the seruants of sinne: but ye haue obeyed from the heart that fourme of doctrine, which was deliuered you.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But thanks be to God, that, whereas ye were servants of sin, ye became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching whereunto ye were delivered;
- American Standard Version (1901)

But praise be to God that though you were the servants of sin, you have now given yourselves freely to that form of teaching under which you were placed;
- Basic English Bible

But thanks [be] to God, that ye were bondmen of sin, but have obeyed from the heart the form of teaching into which ye were instructed.
- Darby Bible

But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin; but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
- Webster's Bible

But thanks be to God that though you were once in thraldom to Sin, you have now yielded a hearty obedience to that system of truth in which you have been instructed.
- Weymouth Bible

But thanks be to God, that, whereas you were bondservants of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching whereunto you were delivered.
- World English Bible

But Y thanke God, that ye weren seruauntis of synne; but ye han obeischid of herte in to that fourme of techyng, in which ye ben bitakun.
- Wycliffe Bible

and thanks to God, that ye were servants of the sin, and -- were obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which ye were delivered up;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 6:17


6:17 The form of doctrine into which ye have been delivered - Literally it is, The mould into which ye have been delivered; which, as it contains a beautiful allusion, conveys also a very instructive admonition; intimating that our minds, all pliant and ductile, should be conformed to the gospel precepts, as liquid metal, take the figure of the mould into which they are cast.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 6:17


Ro 6:17 But God be thanked. Not that they have been sinners, but that, having been sinners, they had become obedient to Christ. Obeyed from the heart. No outward obedience is of the slightest value unless the heart turns to God. That form of doctrine. Macknight paraphrases this: ``I thank God, that although you were formerly the slaves of sin, ye have willingly obeyed the mould of doctrine into which ye were cast at baptism.'' Others, Chrysostom for example, say it refers "to Christian teaching as a type of holy living". The nature of Paul's argument, and the fact that it is founded on the significance of baptism, makes Macknight's explanation probable.

Discussion for Romans 6

  • Randy
    Hi Audrey, I agree that the blood of lambs and goats could not wash the sins of the Jews or our sins away, but the Blood of Christ does! FREE from sin! Now serve Him in righteousness, HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, not my tears. Holy to the LORD!
  • A disciple
    Audrey; You may have been misinformed about forgiveness in the Law and the Prophets. See Leviticus 4:20,26,31; 5:10,13; 6:7; 19:22; Numbers 14:19;15:26. Adam and Eve were forgiven and released to live out the rest of their lives and propagate the whole human race because of the Word of God that Christ would come in the flesh and undo the works of the devil and the power of sin; so RECONCILING man.
  • A disciple
    Audrey; You may have been misinformed about forgiveness in the Law and the Prophets. See Leviticus 4:20,26,31; 5:10,13; 6:7; 19:22; Numbers 14:19;15:26. Adam and Eve were forgiven and released to live out the rest of their lives and propagate the whole human race because of the Word of God that Christ would come in the flesh and undo the works of the devil and the power of sin; so RECONCILING man.
  • Audrey Love
    Hi Randy, The Old Covenant did not forgive sin nor could it. The Old covenant is a foreshadow of Christ. Everything is about Jesus. Jesus was the Passover lamb, Jesus was the final sacrifice. The blood of lambs and goats could not wash the sins of the Jews or our sins away. From the priests offering the lamb up as a sacrifice, foreshadows the Priests in the NT offering up Jesus to be sacrificed.
  • A disciple
    Emanuel; Let me try to explain it another way you might better understand. The tail isn't supposed to wag the dog! We live now in this tabernacle of a flesh body on earth, that's appointed already to die. WE are spirits housed in this body. Jesus has broken the bonds of our spirits' servitude to the flesh; and given us His Spirit to lead us in victory every day, if we abide in Him.
  • Randy
    Emanuel: Friend, please tell me then what Jesus did for us. The old covenant forgave sin, so what does the New Covenant do? As far as me and my family, we will never go back to thinking we are still yet sinners after what Jesus did for us! The KJV says "while we WERE yet sinners". The KJV says "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin"! Holy

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