Romans 1:24
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New International Version
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.

New Living Translation
So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other's bodies.

English Standard Version
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves,

New American Standard Bible
Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.

King James Bible
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore God delivered them over in the cravings of their hearts to sexual impurity, so that their bodies were degraded among themselves.

International Standard Version
For this reason, God delivered them to sexual impurity as they followed the lusts of their hearts and dishonored their bodies with one another.

NET Bible
Therefore God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to impurity, to dishonor their bodies among themselves.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because of this, God handed them over to the vile desires of their heart to disgrace their bodies among themselves.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
For this reason God allowed their lusts to control them. As a result, they dishonor their bodies by sexual perversion with each other.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore God also gave them over to the lusts of their own hearts for uncleanness, to contaminate their own bodies between themselves,

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:

American King James Version
Why God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:

American Standard Version
Wherefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts unto uncleanness, that their bodies should be dishonored among themselves:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore God gave them up to the desires of their heart, unto uncleanness, to dishonour their own bodies among themselves.

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore God gave them up [also] in the lusts of their hearts to uncleanness, to dishonour their bodies between themselves:

English Revised Version
Wherefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts unto uncleanness, that their bodies should be dishonoured among themselves:

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:

Weymouth New Testament
For this reason, in accordance with their own depraved cravings, God gave them up to uncleanness, allowing them to dishonour their bodies among themselves with impurity.

World English Bible
Therefore God also gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to uncleanness, that their bodies should be dishonored among themselves,

Young's Literal Translation
Wherefore also God did give them up, in the desires of their hearts, to uncleanness, to dishonour their bodies among themselves;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:18-25 The apostle begins to show that all mankind need the salvation of the gospel, because none could obtain the favour of God, or escape his wrath by their own works. For no man can plead that he has fulfilled all his obligations to God and to his neighbour; nor can any truly say that he has fully acted up to the light afforded him. The sinfulness of man is described as ungodliness against the laws of the first table, and unrighteousness against those of the second. The cause of that sinfulness is holding the truth in unrighteousness. All, more or less, do what they know to be wrong, and omit what they know to be right, so that the plea of ignorance cannot be allowed from any. Our Creator's invisible power and Godhead are so clearly shown in the works he has made, that even idolaters and wicked Gentiles are left without excuse. They foolishly followed idolatry; and rational creatures changed the worship of the glorious Creator, for that of brutes, reptiles, and senseless images. They wandered from God, till all traces of true religion must have been lost, had not the revelation of the gospel prevented it. For whatever may be pretended, as to the sufficiency of man's reason to discover Divine truth and moral obligation, or to govern the practice aright, facts cannot be denied. And these plainly show that men have dishonoured God by the most absurd idolatries and superstitions; and have degraded themselves by the vilest affections and most abominable deeds.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 24. - Wherefore God (καὶ, here in the Textus Receptus, is ill supported) gave them up in the lusts of their hearts unto uncleanness, to dishonour their own bodies between (rather, among) themselves. So τοῦ ἀτιμάζεσθαι, etc., is rendered in the Authorized Version. The verb, however, is probably passive, a middle use of it not being elsewhere found. In either ease the general meaning is the same. The genitive, τοῦ ἀτιμάζεσθαι, seems most naturally taken as denoting what the ἀκαθαρσία consisted in, rather than either the purpose or the results of their being given over to it (cf. ver. 26, where παρέδωκεν εἰς πάθη ἀτιμίας is followed by a description of what these were). Here is noticed a further stage of judicial degradation; the ματιαότης of idolatry, itself judicial, had its further judicial consequence in the ἀκαθαρσία of abominable sensuality. Similarly, in Ephesians 4, the ἐργασία ἀκαθαρσίας πάσης ἐν πλεονεξιᾳ, prevalent among the nations, is traced to their ματαιότης, in that they had become "alienated from the life of God." It is notorious that idolatrous worship was not uncommonly accompanied by debauchery; notably that of the Phoenician Astarte, and of Aphrodite and Dionysus (see Livy, 39:8, for an account of the Dionysus at one time in Rome; and Athen., 13. pp. 574, 579, and 14. p. 659, for the Aphrodisia at Athens and Corinth); cf. Numbers 25, etc., "The people joined themselves unto Baal-peor," and the allusion to it, 1 Corinthians 10:8. On that occasion no more is intimated than promiscuous intercourse between the two sexes, sinking men in that regard to the level of the brutes; but still worse "uncleanness" is in the apostle's view, such as sinks them even below that level; and how common such unnatural vices had become, and how lightly thought of, no one conversant with classical literature needs to be reminded.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness,.... Not by putting any into them, but by leaving them to the pollution of their nature; by withdrawing his providential restraints from them, and by giving them up to judicial hardness:

through the lusts of their own hearts. The heart of man is the source of all wickedness; the lusts that dwell there are many, and these tend to uncleanness of one sort or another: by it here is meant particularly bodily uncleanness, since it is said they were given up

to dishonour their own bodies between themselves; either alone, or with others; so that as they changed the glory of God, and dishonoured him, he left them to dishonour themselves by doing these things which were reproachful and scandalous to human nature.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

24. Wherefore God also—in righteous retribution.

gave them up—This divine abandonment of men is here strikingly traced in three successive stages, at each of which the same word is used (Ro 1:24, 26; and Ro 1:28, where the word is rendered "gave over"). "As they deserted God, God in turn deserted them; not giving them divine (that is, supernatural) laws, and suffering them to corrupt those which were human; not sending them prophets, and allowing the philosophers to run into absurdities. He let them do what they pleased, even what was in the last degree vile, that those who had not honored God, might dishonor themselves" [Grotius].

Romans 1:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
God's Wrath against Sin
23and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. 24Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.…
Cross References
Psalm 81:12
So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.

Romans 1:26
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.

Romans 1:28
Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.

Ephesians 2:3
All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.

Ephesians 4:19
Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.

1 Thessalonians 4:4
that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable,
Treasury of Scripture

Why God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:

God.

Psalm 81:11,12 But my people would not listen to my voice; and Israel would none of me…

Hosea 4:17,18 Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone…

Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind …

Acts 7:42 Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; …

Acts 14:16 Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.

Acts 17:29,30 For as much then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to …

Ephesians 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life …

2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 And with all delusion of unrighteousness in them that perish; because …

through the lusts. See on

Romans 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should …

to dishonour.

1 Corinthians 6:13,18 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy …

1 Thessalonians 4:4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification …

2 Timothy 2:20-22 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, …

between.

Romans 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, …

Leviticus 18:22 You shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

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