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

New Living Translation
That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other.

English Standard Version
For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature;

New American Standard Bible
For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,

King James Bible
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is why God delivered them over to degrading passions. For even their females exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.

International Standard Version
For this reason, God delivered them to degrading passions as their females exchanged their natural sexual function for one that is unnatural.

NET Bible
For this reason God gave them over to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged the natural sexual relations for unnatural ones,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Therefore God handed them over to disgraceful diseases, and their females changed their natural need and became accustomed to that which is unnatural.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
For this reason God allowed their shameful passions to control them. Their women have exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For this cause God gave them up unto shameful affections, for even their women changed the natural use into that which is against nature;

King James 2000 Bible
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

American King James Version
For this cause God gave them up to vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

American Standard Version
For this cause God gave them up unto vile passions: for their women changed the natural use into that which is against nature:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For this cause God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature.

Darby Bible Translation
For this reason God gave them up to vile lusts; for both their females changed the natural use into that contrary to nature;

English Revised Version
For this cause God gave them up unto vile passions: for their women changed the natural use into that which is against nature:

Webster's Bible Translation
For this cause God gave them up to vile affections. For even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

Weymouth New Testament
This then is the reason why God gave them up to vile passions. For not only did the women among them exchange the natural use of their bodies for one which is contrary to nature, but the men also,

World English Bible
For this reason, God gave them up to vile passions. For their women changed the natural function into that which is against nature.

Young's Literal Translation
Because of this did God give them up to dishonourable affections, for even their females did change the natural use into that against nature;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:26-32 In the horrid depravity of the heathen, the truth of our Lord's words was shown: Light was come into the world, but men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil; for he that doeth evil hateth the light. The truth was not to their taste. And we all know how soon a man will contrive, against the strongest evidence, to reason himself out of the belief of what he dislikes. But a man cannot be brought to greater slavery than to be given up to his own lusts. As the Gentiles did not like to keep God in their knowledge, they committed crimes wholly against reason and their own welfare. The nature of man, whether pagan or Christian, is still the same; and the charges of the apostle apply more or less to the state and character of men at all times, till they are brought to full submission to the faith of Christ, and renewed by Divine power. There never yet was a man, who had not reason to lament his strong corruptions, and his secret dislike to the will of God. Therefore this chapter is a call to self-examination, the end of which should be, a deep conviction of sin, and of the necessity of deliverance from a state of condemnation.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 26. - For this cause God gave them up (παρέδωκε, as before) to vile affections (πάθη ἀτιμίας, i.e. "passions of infamy;" cf. above, τοῦ ἀτιμάζεσθαι). For the use, on the other hand, of the words τιμὴ and τίμιος to denote seemly and honourable indulgence of the sexual affections, cf. 1 Thessalonians 4:4 (Τὸ ἐαυτοῦ σκεῦος κτᾶσθαι ἐν ἁγιασμῶ καὶ τιμῆ) and Hebrews 13:4 (Τίμιος ὁ γάμος ἐν πᾶσι καὶ ἡ κοίτη ἀμίαντος). For their women changed the natural use into that which is against nature.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections,.... Because of their idolatrous practices, God left them to very dishonourable actions, sodomitical ones, both among the men and women:

for even the women did change the natural use into that which is against nature; either by prostituting themselves to, and complying with the "sodomitical" embraces of men, in a way that is against nature (h); or by making use of such ways and methods with themselves, or other women, to gratify their lusts, which were never designed by nature for such an use: of these vicious women, and their practices, Seneca (i) speaks, when he says,

"libidine veto nec maribus quidem cedunt, pati natae; Dii illas Deoeque, male perdant; adeo perversum commentae, genus impudicitiae, viros ineunt:''

also Clemens Alexandrinus (k) has respect to such, saying,

"gunaikev andrizontai para fusin, gamou men ai te kai .'

and such there were among the Jews, whom they call (l), and whom the priests were forbidden to marry.

(h) Vid. R. Sol Jarchi in Genesis 24.16. (i) Epist. 95. (k) Paedagog. l. 3. p. 226. (l) T. Bab. Sabbat, fol. 65. 2. Piske Tosaph. ib. artic. 266. Yevamot, fol. 76. 1. & Piske Tosaph. ib. art. 141. Maimonides in Misn. Sanhedrin, c. 7. sect. 4. & Hilchot Issure Bia, c. 21. sect. 8, 9.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

26, 27. For this cause God gave them up—(See on [2181]Ro 1:24).

for even their women—that sex whose priceless jewel and fairest ornament is modesty, and which, when that is once lost, not only becomes more shameless than the other sex, but lives henceforth only to drag the other sex down to its level.

did change, &c.—The practices here referred to, though too abundantly attested by classic authors, cannot be further illustrated, without trenching on things which "ought not to be named among us as become the saints." But observe how vice is here seen consuming and exhausting itself. When the passions, scourged by violent and continued indulgence in natural vices, became impotent to yield the craved enjoyment, resort was had to artificial stimulants by the practice of unnatural and monstrous vices. How early these were in full career, in the history of the world, the case of Sodom affectingly shows; and because of such abominations, centuries after that, the land of Canaan "spued out" its old inhabitants. Long before this chapter was penned, the Lesbians and others throughout refined Greece had been luxuriating in such debasements; and as for the Romans, Tacitus, speaking of the emperor Tiberius, tells us that new words had then to be coined to express the newly invented stimulants to jaded passion. No wonder that, thus sick and dying as was this poor humanity of ours under the highest earthly culture, its many-voiced cry for the balm in Gilead, and the Physician there, "Come over and help us," pierced the hearts of the missionaries of the Cross, and made them "not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ!"

Romans 1:26 Additional Commentaries
Context
God's Wrath against Sin
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. 26For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.…
Cross References
Psalm 81:12
So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.

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

1 Thessalonians 4:5
not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God;
Treasury of Scripture

For this cause God gave them up to vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

gave them. See on

Romans 1:24 Why God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their …

vile.

Genesis 19:5 And they called to Lot, and said to him, Where are the men which …

Leviticus 18:22-28 You shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination…

Deuteronomy 23:17,18 There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite …

Judges 19:22 Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the …

1 Corinthians 6:9 Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of …

Ephesians 4:19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over to lasciviousness, …

Ephesians 5:12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of …

1 Timothy 1:10 For fornicators, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for …

Jude 1:7,10 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, …

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