|New Living Translation (© 2007)|
God's law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God's wonderful grace became more abundant.
King James Bible
Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
American Standard Version
And the law came in besides, that the trespass might abound; but where sin abounded, grace did abound more exceedingly:
Young's Literal Translation
And law came in, that the offence might abound, and where the sin did abound, the grace did overabound,
Romans 5:20 Additional TranslationsWesley's Notes on the Bible
5:20 The law came in between - The offence and the free gift. That the offence might abound - That is, the consequence (not the design) of the law's coming in was, not the taking away of sin, but the increase of it. Yet where sin abounded, grace did much more abound - Not only in the remission of that sin which Adam brought on us, but of all our own; not only in remission of sins, but infusion of holiness; not only in deliverance from death, but admission to everlasting life, a far more noble and excellent life than that which we lost by Adam's fall.
Romans 5:20 Parallel CommentariesAbound Abounded Added Addition Besides Entered Exceedingly Grace Increase Increased Law Moreover Offence Offense Overabound Overflowed Sin Transgression Trespass Worse WrongdoingAbound Abounded Added Addition Besides Entered Exceedingly Grace Increase Increased Law Moreover Offence Offense Overabound Overflowed Sin Transgression Trespass Worse WrongdoingThe Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188.
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Romans 3:20 For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.
Romans 6:1 Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace?
Romans 7:7 Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is sinful? Of course not! In fact, it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, "You must not covet."
2 Corinthians 3:7 The old way, with laws etched in stone, led to death, though it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses' face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away.
Galatians 3:19 Why, then, was the law given? It was given alongside the promise to show people their sins. But the law was designed to last only until the coming of the child who was promised. God gave his law through angels to Moses, who was the mediator between God and the people.
1 Timothy 1:14 Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus.