2 Corinthians 5:21
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New International Version
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

New Living Translation
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

English Standard Version
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Berean Study Bible
God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

Berean Literal Bible
He made the One not having known sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

New American Standard Bible
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

King James Bible
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

International Standard Version
God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that God's righteousness would be produced in us.

NET Bible
God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God.

New Heart English Bible
For him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For he who had not known sin made himself to become sin in your place, that we would become the righteousness of God in him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God had Christ, who was sinless, take our sin so that we might receive God's approval through him.

New American Standard 1977
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

King James 2000 Bible
For he has made him, who knew no sin, to be sin for us; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

American King James Version
For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

American Standard Version
Him who knew no sin he made to be'sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Him, who knew no sin, he hath made sin for us, that we might be made the justice of God in him.

Darby Bible Translation
Him who knew not sin he has made sin for us, that we might become God's righteousness in him.

English Revised Version
Him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

Webster's Bible Translation
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Weymouth New Testament
He has made Him who knew nothing of sin to be sin for us, in order that in Him we may become the righteousness of God.

World English Bible
For him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Young's Literal Translation
for him who did not know sin, in our behalf He did make sin, that we may become the righteousness of God in him.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
5:16-21 The renewed man acts upon new principles, by new rules, with new ends, and in new company. The believer is created anew; his heart is not merely set right, but a new heart is given him. He is the workmanship of God, created in Christ Jesus unto good works. Though the same as a man, he is changed in his character and conduct. These words must and do mean more than an outward reformation. The man who formerly saw no beauty in the Saviour that he should desire him, now loves him above all things. The heart of the unregenerate is filled with enmity against God, and God is justly offended with him. Yet there may be reconciliation. Our offended God has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ. By the inspiration of God, the Scriptures were written, which are the word of reconciliation; showing that peace has been made by the cross, and how we may be interested therein. Though God cannot lose by the quarrel, nor gain by the peace, yet he beseeches sinners to lay aside their enmity, and accept the salvation he offers. Christ knew no sin. He was made Sin; not a sinner, but Sin, a Sin-offering, a Sacrifice for sin. The end and design of all this was, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him, might be justified freely by the grace of God through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus. Can any lose, labour, or suffer too much for Him, who gave his beloved Son to be the Sacrifice for their sins, that they might be made the righteousness of God in him?
Study Bible
Ambassadors for Christ
20Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ: Be reconciled to God. 21God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
Cross References
Numbers 7:64
one male goat for a sin offering;

Isaiah 53:12
Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.

Jeremiah 33:16
In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will dwell in safety; and this is the name by which she will be called: the LORD is our righteousness.'

Acts 3:14
You rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you.

Romans 1:17
For the gospel reveals the righteousness of God that comes by faith from start to finish, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."

Romans 3:21
But now, apart from the Law, the righteousness of God has been revealed, as attested by the Law and the Prophets.

Romans 3:25
God presented Him as an atoning sacrifice through faith in His blood, in order to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance He had passed over the sins committed beforehand.

Romans 4:25
He was delivered over to death for our trespasses and was raised to life for our justification.

Romans 8:3
For what the Law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in likeness of sinful man, as an offering for sin. He thus condemned sin in the flesh,

1 Corinthians 1:30
It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God: our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.
Treasury of Scripture

For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

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Isaiah 53:4-6,9-12 Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did …

Daniel 9:26 And after three score and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but …

Zechariah 13:7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is …

Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, …

Galatians 3:13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse …

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us…

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, …

1 John 2:1,2 My little children, these things write I to you, that you sin not. …

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Isaiah 53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; …

Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Ghost shall come …

Hebrews 7:26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, …

1 Peter 2:22-24 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth…

1 John 3:5 And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

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2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things …

Isaiah 45:24,25 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: …

Isaiah 53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: …

Jeremiah 23:26 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy …

Jeremiah 33:16 In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: …

Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined on your people and on your holy city, …

Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: …

Romans 3:21-26 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being …

Romans 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the …

Romans 8:1-4 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ …

Romans 10:3,4 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to …

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made to us wisdom, …

Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of …

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