Romans 3:4
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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.

American Standard Version
God forbid: yea, let God be found true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy words, And mightest prevail when thou comest into judgment.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But God is true; and every man a liar, as it is written, That thou mayest be justified in thy words, and mayest overcome when thou art judged.

English Revised Version
God forbid: yea, let God be found true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy words, And mightest prevail when thou comest into judgment.

Webster's Bible Translation
By no means: verily let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mayest be justified in thy sayings, and mayest overcome when thou art judged.

Weymouth New Testament
No, indeed; let us hold God to be true, though every man should prove to be false. As it stands written, "That Thou mayest be shown to be just in the sentence Thou pronouncest, and gain Thy cause when Thou contendest."

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Vincent'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.

Be justified

Acknowledged righteous. The figure is forensic. God's justice is put on trial.

Overcome (νικήσῃς)

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.

Romans 3:4 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

God forbid.

Romans 3:6,31 God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world...

Romans 6:2,15 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein...

Romans 7:7,13 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. No, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust...

Romans 9:14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

Romans 11:1,11 I say then, Has God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin...

Luke 20:16 He shall come and destroy these farmers, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.

1 Corinthians 6:15 Know you not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ...

Galatians 2:17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin?...

Galatians 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified to me...

let God.

Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

Job 40:8 Will you also cancel my judgment? will you condemn me, that you may be righteous?

Psalm 100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endures to all generations.

Psalm 119:160 Your word is true from the beginning: and every one of your righteous judgments endures for ever.

Psalm 138:2 I will worship toward your holy temple, and praise your name for your loving kindness and for your truth...

Micah 7:20 You will perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.

John 3:33 He that has received his testimony has set to his seal that God is true.

2 Corinthians 1:18 But as God is true, our word toward you was not yes and no.

Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation...

1 John 5:10,20 He that believes on the Son of God has the witness in himself: he that believes not God has made him a liar...

Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things said he that is holy, he that is true, he that has the key of David...

but every.

Psalm 62:9 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance...

Psalm 116:11 I said in my haste, All men are liars.

That thou.

Job 36:3 I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

Psalm 51:4 Against you, you only, have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight: that you might be justified when you speak...

Matthew 11:19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a drunkard, a friend of publicans and sinners...

Cross References
Job 40:8
Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you condemn me that you may be in the right?

Psalm 51:4
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.

Psalm 116:11
I said in my alarm, "All mankind are liars."

Luke 20:16
He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others." When they heard this, they said, "Surely not!"

Romans 3:6
By no means! For then how could God judge the world?

Romans 3:7
But if through my lie God's truth abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner?

Romans 3:31
Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.

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