Romans 2:14
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New International Version
(Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law.

New Living Translation
Even Gentiles, who do not have God's written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it.

English Standard Version
For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law.

Berean Study Bible
Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the Law, do by nature what the Law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the Law,

Berean Literal Bible
For when Gentiles, not having the Law, do by nature the things of the Law, these not having the Law are a law to themselves,

New American Standard Bible
For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves,

King James Bible
For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, instinctively do what the law demands, they are a law to themselves even though they do not have the law.

International Standard Version
For whenever gentiles, who do not possess the Law, do instinctively what the Law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the Law.

NET Bible
For whenever the Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature the things required by the law, these who do not have the law are a law to themselves.

New Heart English Bible
(for when Gentiles who do not have the law do by nature the things of the law, these, not having the law, are a law to themselves,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For if the Gentiles who have not The Written Law would perform those things of The Written Law by their nature, while they have not The Written Law, they would be The Written Law to themselves.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
For example, whenever non-Jews who don't have laws from God do by nature the things that Moses' Teachings contain, they are a law to themselves even though they don't have any laws from God.

New American Standard 1977
For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves,

Jubilee Bible 2000
for when the Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature that which is of the law, these, not having the law, are a law unto themselves;

King James 2000 Bible
For when the Gentiles, who have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

American King James Version
For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law to themselves:

American Standard Version
(for when Gentiles that have not the law do by nature the things of the law, these, not having the law, are the law unto themselves;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For when the Gentiles, who have not the law, do by nature those things that are of the law; these having not the law are a law to themselves:

Darby Bible Translation
For when [those of the] nations, which have no law, practise by nature the things of the law, these, having no law, are a law to themselves;

English Revised Version
for when Gentiles which have no law do by nature the things of the law, these, having no law, are a law unto themselves;

Webster's Bible Translation
For when the Gentiles, who have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these having not the law, are a law to themselves.

Weymouth New Testament
For when Gentiles who have no Law obey by natural instinct the commands of the Law, they, without having a Law, are a Law to themselves;

World English Bible
(for when Gentiles who don't have the law do by nature the things of the law, these, not having the law, are a law to themselves,

Young's Literal Translation
For, when nations that have not a law, by nature may do the things of the law, these not having a law -- to themselves are a law;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
2:1-16 The Jews thought themselves a holy people, entitled to their privileges by right, while they were unthankful, rebellious, and unrighteous. But all who act thus, of every nation, age, and description, must be reminded that the judgment of God will be according to their real character. The case is so plain, that we may appeal to the sinner's own thoughts. In every wilful sin, there is contempt of the goodness of God. And though the branches of man's disobedience are very various, all spring from the same root. But in true repentance, there must be hatred of former sinfulness, from a change wrought in the state of the mind, which disposes it to choose the good and to refuse the evil. It shows also a sense of inward wretchedness. Such is the great change wrought in repentance, it is conversion, and is needed by every human being. The ruin of sinners is their walking after a hard and impenitent heart. Their sinful doings are expressed by the strong words, treasuring up wrath. In the description of the just man, notice the full demand of the law. It demands that the motives shall be pure, and rejects all actions from earthly ambition or ends. In the description of the unrighteous, contention is held forth as the principle of all evil. The human will is in a state of enmity against God. Even Gentiles, who had not the written law, had that within, which directed them what to do by the light of nature. Conscience is a witness, and first or last will bear witness. As they nature. Conscience is a witness, and first or last will bear witness. As they kept or broke these natural laws and dictates, their consciences either acquitted or condemned them. Nothing speaks more terror to sinners, and more comfort to saints, than that Christ shall be the Judge. Secret services shall be rewarded, secret sins shall be then punished, and brought to light.
Study Bible
God's Righteous Judgment
13For it is not the hearers of the Law who are righteous before God, but it is the doers of the Law who will be declared righteous. 14Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the Law, do by nature what the Law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the Law, 15since they show that the work of the Law is written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts either accusing or defending them.…
Cross References
Acts 10:35
but welcomes those from every nation who fear Him and do what is right.

Romans 1:19
For what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.

Romans 2:15
since they show that the work of the Law is written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts either accusing or defending them.

1 Corinthians 9:21
To those without the Law I became like one without the Law (though I am not outside the law of God but am under the law of Christ), to win those without the Law.

Ephesians 2:3
We all lived among them at one time in the cravings of our flesh, indulging its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature children of wrath.
Treasury of Scripture

For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law to themselves:

which.

Romans 2:12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without …

Romans 3:1,2 What advantage then has the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision…

Deuteronomy 4:7 For what nation is there so great, who has God so near to them, as …

Psalm 147:19,20 He shows his word to Jacob, his statutes and his judgments to Israel…

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

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all …

Ephesians 2:12 That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the …

do by.

Romans 2:27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfill the …

Romans 1:19,20 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God …

1 Corinthians 11:14 Does not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, …

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are …

are a law.

Romans 2:12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without …

Romans 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things …

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