English Standard Version
By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written, "That you may be justified in your words, and prevail when you are judged."
King James Bible
God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
Darby Bible Translation
Far be the thought: but let God be true, and every man false; according as it is written, So that thou shouldest be justified in thy words, and shouldest overcome when thou art in judgment.
World English Bible
May it never be! Yes, let God be found true, but every man a liar. As it is written, "That you might be justified in your words, and might prevail when you come into judgment."
Young's Literal Translation
let it not be! and let God become true, and every man false, according as it hath been written, 'That Thou mayest be declared righteous in Thy words, and mayest overcome in Thy being judged.'
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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
God forbid (μὴ γένοιτο)
Lit., may it not have come to pass. Used by Paul fourteen times. It introduces the rebuttal of an inference drawn from Paul's arguments by an opponent. Luther renders das sey ferne that be far. Wyc. fer be it. It corresponds to the Hebrew chalilah. profane, which in the Septuagint is sometimes rendered by it, sometimes by μηδαμῶς by no means, sometimes by μὴ εἴη may it not be, and again by ἵλεως God be merciful to us (see on Matthew 16:22). It indicates a feeling of strong aversion: "Away with the thought."
Let God be true (γινέσθω ὁ Θεὸς ἀληθής)
Rev., better, "let God be found true;" thus giving the force of γίνομαι to become. See on was, I am, John 8:58. The phrase is used with reference to men's apprehension. Let God turn out to be or be found to be by His creatures.
Acknowledged righteous. The figure is forensic. God's justice is put on trial.
Rev., prevail. Gain the case. The word occurs only three times outside of John's writings.
When thou art judged (ἐν τῷ κρίνεσθαί σε)
Rev., when thou comest into judgment.
LibraryThe Law Established through Faith
Discourse I "Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: Yea, we establish the law." Romans 3:31. 1. St. Paul, having the beginning of this Epistle laid down his general proposition, namely, that "the gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;" -- the powerful means, whereby God makes every believer a partaker of present and eternal salvation; -- goes on to show, that there is no other way under heaven whereby men can be saved. He speaks particularly …
John Wesley—Sermons on Several Occasions
"That the Righteousness of the Law Might be Fulfilled in Us. "
This Conflict None Experience in Themselves, Save Such as War on the Side Of...
Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you condemn me that you may be in the right?
Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.
I said in my alarm, "All mankind are liars."
He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others." When they heard this, they said, "Surely not!"
By no means! For then how could God judge the world?
But if through my lie God's truth abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner?
Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
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