Romans 6:20

“For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For when yee were the seruants of sinne ye were free from righteousnesse.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For when ye were servants of sin, ye were free in regard of righteousness.
- American Standard Version (1901)

When you were servants of sin you were free from righteousness.
- Basic English Bible

For when ye were bondmen of sin ye were free from righteousness.
- Darby Bible

For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
- Webster's Bible

For when you were the bondservants of sin, you were under no sort of subjection to Righteousness.
- Weymouth Bible

For when you were servants of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
- World English Bible

For whanne ye weren seruauntis of synne, ye weren fre of riytfulnesse.
- Wycliffe Bible

for when ye were servants of the sin, ye were free from the righteousness,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 6:20


6:20 When ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness - In all reason, therefore, ye ought now to be free from unrighteousness; to be as uniform and zealous in serving God as ye were in serving the devil.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 6:20


Ro 6:20 Ye were free from righteousness. While servants of sin they did not serve righteousness at all.

Discussion for Romans 6

  • Alexandria
    How does this chapter and verse infer there is no hell?or does it?
  • BSP
    Verse 17: We don't want to begrudgingly be obedient, but we want to be obedient from the heart towards God.
  • 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.

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