Romans 2:16
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New International Version
This will take place on the day when God judges people's secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.

New Living Translation
And this is the message I proclaim--that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone's secret life.

English Standard Version
on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.

Berean Study Bible
This will come to pass on that day when God will judge men's secrets through Christ Jesus, as proclaimed by my gospel.

Berean Literal Bible
on that day when God will judge the secrets of men according to my gospel, by Christ Jesus.

New American Standard Bible
on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.

King James Bible
In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
on the day when God judges what people have kept secret, according to my gospel through Christ Jesus.

International Standard Version
on that day when God, through Jesus the Messiah, will judge people's secrets according to my gospel.

NET Bible
on the day when God will judge the secrets of human hearts, according to my gospel through Christ Jesus.

New Heart English Bible
in the day when God will judge the secrets of men, according to my Good News, by Christ Jesus.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In the day when God judges the secrets of the children of men according to my Gospel, by Yeshua The Messiah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This happens as they face the day when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge people's secret thoughts. He will use the Good News that I am spreading to make that judgment.

New American Standard 1977
on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.

Jubilee Bible 2000
in the day when God shall judge that which men have covered up, according to my gospel by Jesus, the Christ.

King James 2000 Bible
In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

American King James Version
In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

American Standard Version
in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men, according to my gospel, by Jesus Christ.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.

Darby Bible Translation
in [the] day when God shall judge the secrets of men, according to my glad tidings, by Jesus Christ.

English Revised Version
in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men, according to my gospel, by Jesus Christ.

Webster's Bible Translation
In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.

Weymouth New Testament
on the day when God will judge the secrets of men's lives by Jesus Christ, as declared in the Good News as I have taught it.

World English Bible
in the day when God will judge the secrets of men, according to my Good News, by Jesus Christ.

Young's Literal Translation
in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men, according to my good news, through Jesus Christ.
Study Bible
God's Righteous Judgment
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. 16This will come to pass on that day when God will judge men’s secrets through Christ Jesus, as proclaimed by my gospel. 17Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the Law and boast in God;…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 12:14
For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.

Acts 10:42
And He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that He is the One appointed by God to judge the living and the dead.

Acts 17:31
For He has set a day when He will judge the world with justice by the Man He has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising Him from the dead."

Romans 3:6
By no means! In that case, how could God judge the world?

Romans 14:10
Why, then, do you judge your brother? Or why do you belittle your brother? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat.

Romans 16:25
Now to Him who is able to strengthen you by my gospel and by the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery concealed for ages past,

1 Corinthians 4:5
Therefore judge nothing before the proper time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.

1 Corinthians 15:1
Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, and in which you stand firm.

2 Corinthians 5:10
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive his due for the things done in the body, whether good or bad.

Galatians 1:11
For I certify to you, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not devised by man.
Treasury of Scripture

In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

God.

Romans 2:5 But after your hardness and impenitent heart treasure up to yourself …

Romans 3:6 God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?

Romans 14:10-12 But why do you judge your brother? or why do you set at nothing your brother…

Genesis 18:25 That be far from you to do after this manner, to slay the righteous …

Psalm 9:7,8 But the LORD shall endure for ever: he has prepared his throne for judgment…

Psalm 50:6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge …

Psalm 96:13 Before the LORD: for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth: he …

Psalm 98:9 Before the LORD; for he comes to judge the earth: with righteousness …

Ecclesiastes 3:17 I said in my heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: …

Ecclesiastes 11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth; and let your heart cheer you …

Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, …

Matthew 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his …

Matthew 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels …

Luke 8:17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any …

John 12:48 He that rejects me, and receives not my words, has one that judges …

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who …

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every …

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment:

1 Peter 4:5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.

2 Peter 2:9 The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to …

Revelation 20:11-15 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose …

by Jesus.

John 5:22-29 For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment to the Son…

Acts 10:42 And he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that …

Acts 17:31 Because he has appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world …

2 Timothy 4:1,8 I charge you therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who …

according.

Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, …

1 Timothy 1:11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed …

2 Timothy 2:8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the …

(16) This verse takes up the main thread of the subject. "God will judge Jew and Gentile alike at the last day." It cannot refer (as some would make it) to what immediately precedes, because there the Apostle is referring to the daily process that goes on whenever doubtful actions are submitted to the law of conscience, here he is speaking expressly of the final judgment held by God and not by man.

By Jesus Christ.--As the Son of God is the Mediator of salvation, so also is He the Mediator of judgment. The function of judgment is specially committed to Him. This is the consistent teaching of Scripture. (Comp. John 5:27, "the Father hath given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man"; Acts 17:31, "He hath appointed a day in the which He will judge the world . . . by that Man whom He hath ordained"; 1Corinthians 4:5; 2Corinthians 5:10, et. al.)

According to my gospel.--How is this to be taken? To what is it that the gospel, as preached by St. Paul, testifies? It may be either to the simple fact that God will judge the secrets of men, or to the particular law or standard by which He will judge them. Probably, on the whole, the former is the preferable explanation. "In the day when, as I teach, God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ."

Verse 16. - In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men, according to my gospel, by Jesus Christ. About this verse the main question is, what previous assertion the "when" refers to. The time denoted by "when" (whether we suppose κρίνει or κρινεῖ - i.e. the present or future tense - to have been intended by the writer) is certainly the ἡμέρα of 1 Corinthians 3:13, and ether passages - the day of doom, when "every man's work shall be made manifest." Hence immediate connection of this verse with the preceding one, which would otherwise have been the natural one, seems to be precluded; for in ver. 15 the present operation of conscience, during this present life, was described. One way of making the connection obvious is by understanding ver. 15 as itself denoting the manifestation reserved for the day of judgment, when all will stand self-convicted. But not only the verb ἐκδείκνυντααι in the present tense, but also the fact of the whole verse being so obvious a description of present human consciousness, seems to preclude this view. Some would connect ver. 16 with ver. 12, of which it is in itself a natural sequence; and this connection is intimated in the Authorized Version, which includes the three verses that come between in a parenthesis. The objection to it is the length of the parenthesis. Probably the apostle, in his characteristic way, paid little regard to precise logical sequence; he only desired to express, in this concluding verse, that in the great day full justice would be done, and all that he had been speaking of would be made plain. My gospel means "the gospel committed unto me to preach" (cf. Romans 16:25; 2 Corinthians 4:3; 2 Thessalonians 2:14; 2 Timothy 2:8). The idea that it means "the Gospel according to St. Luke," said to have been written under St. Paul's superintendence, is too improbable to call for serious notice. In the day when God shall judge,.... These words are to be read in connection with Romans 2:13, and express the time when both Jews and Gentiles will be judged, called a "day", both because of the clearness and evidence of the judgment that will be made, and because a certain time is fixed, though not known, which will surely come; also the matter of the judgment, which will be,

the secrets of men: whether good or bad, which are only known to God and themselves, and which may have been done ignorantly by them; "for God shall bring every work into judgment with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil", Ecclesiastes 12:14, which is so interpreted by the Jews (t),

"when R. Jochanan came to that Scripture, he wept; "for God shall bring every work into judgment with every secret thing";''

upon which the gloss says, yea, for those things which are hidden from him, which he has committed through ignorance, will he bring him into judgment; everything, even the least thing in a literal sense, but not for such silly trifling things they mention in the same place; doubtless the Holy Ghost means the secrets of men's hearts and actions, and the hidden things of darkness which are contrary to the holy law of God. The person by whom this awful judgment will be carried on is,

Jesus Christ; to whom all judgment is committed, who is ordained Judge of quick and dead, and is every way fit for that office, being God as well as man, and so both omniscient and omnipotent: and this the apostle says will be,

according to my Gospel; his meaning is not that the Gospel will be the, rule of judgment, because he speaking of the judgment of the Gentiles, as well as of the Jews, who never heard of the Gospel; but that what he had said concerning a day of judgment, of Christ's being the Judge, and of God's judging by him the secrets of men, were as true and as certain as the Gospel which he preached was; and was "conformable", or agreeable to it, as the Arabic version reads it, and might be learned and proved from it. This he calls, "my Gospel"; not because the author or subject of it; but because it was committed to his trust and was preached by him; and in opposition to, and to distinguish it from the Gospel of the false apostles. Eusebius says (u), that the Apostle Paul had used to call the Gospel according to Luke his Gospel, and that it is said, that whenever he makes mention of his Gospel, he designs that.

(t) T. Bab. Chagigah, fol. 5. 1.((u) Eccles. Hist. l. 3. c. 4. p. 73. 16. In the day, etc.—Here the unfinished statement of Ro 2:12 is resumed and closed.

shall judge the secrets of men—here specially referring to the unfathomed depths of hypocrisy in the self-righteous whom the apostle had to deal with. (See Ec 12:14; 1Co 4:5).

according to my gospel—to my teaching as a preacher of the Gospel.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.
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