|English Standard Version (© 2001)|
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.
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.'
Romans 3:4 Additional TranslationsVincent'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.
Romans 3:4 Parallel CommentariesCause Contendest False. Far Forbid Found Gain Hold Indeed Judge Judged Judgment Justified Liar Mayest Means Mightest Overcome Prevail Prove Proved Rather Right Sayings Sentence Shown Speak Stands Thought True. Untrue Verily Words Writings WrittenCause Contendest False. Far Forbid Found Gain Hold Indeed Judge Judged Judgment Justified Liar Mayest Means Mightest Overcome Prevail Prove Proved Rather Right Sayings Sentence Shown Speak Stands Thought True. Untrue Verily Words Writings WrittenThe ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®) copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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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.