Romans 2:19
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New International Version
if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark,

New Living Translation
You are convinced that you are a guide for the blind and a light for people who are lost in darkness.

English Standard Version
and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness,

New American Standard Bible
and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness,

King James Bible
And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light to those in darkness,

International Standard Version
and if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light to those in darkness,

NET Bible
and if you are convinced that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And you are confident yourself that you are a leader of the blind and a light of those who are in darkness,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You are confident that you are a guide for the blind, a light to those in the dark,

Jubilee Bible 2000
and art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of those who are in darkness,

King James 2000 Bible
And are confident that you yourself are a guide of the blind, a light of them who are in darkness,

American King James Version
And are confident that you yourself are a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,

American Standard Version
and art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them that are in darkness,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them that are in darkness,

Darby Bible Translation
and hast confidence that thou thyself art a leader of the blind, a light of those who [are] in darkness,

English Revised Version
and art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them that are in darkness,

Webster's Bible Translation
And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them who are in darkness,

Weymouth New Testament
and have persuaded yourself that, as for you, you are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness,

World English Bible
and are confident that you yourself are a guide of the blind, a light to those who are in darkness,

Young's Literal Translation
and hast confidence that thou thyself art a leader of blind ones, a light of those in darkness,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:17-24 The apostle directs his discourse to the Jews, and shows of what sins they were guilty, notwithstanding their profession and vain pretensions. A believing, humble, thankful glorying in God, is the root and sum of all religion. But proud, vain-glorious boasting in God, and in the outward profession of his name, is the root and sum of all hypocrisy. Spiritual pride is the most dangerous of all kinds of pride. A great evil of the sins professors is, the dishonour done to God and religion, by their not living according to their profession. Many despise their more ignorant neighbours who rest in a dead form of godliness; yet themselves trust in a form of knowledge, equally void of life and power, while some glory in the gospel, whose unholy lives dishonour God, and cause his name to be blasphemed.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 19, 20. - And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having the form of knowledge and of the truth in the Law. Here the form (μόρφωσις) does not mean the mere outward show, but the real representation in concrete form of knowledge and truth. The Jew had that; and the Law itself is by no means disparaged because the Jew presumed on it without keeping it (cf. Romans 7:12).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And art confident that thou thyself,.... Being vainly puffed up in, their fleshly minds, they were strongly persuaded that they were very fit persons to be

a guide to the blind: all men are by nature blind, as to the knowledge of divine and spiritual things; the meaner sort of the people among the Jews seem to be intended here; or else the ignorant Gentiles, whom the Jews were very fond of making proselytes to their religion and laws; but miserable guides were they, whether to their own people, or others; blind guides of the blind. Gospel ministers best deserve this title:

a light of them that are in darkness; so Christ, John the Baptist, the disciples of Christ, and all Gospel ministers are; but these men, who arrogated such characters to themselves, were dim lights, and dark lanterns. The apostle seems to have respect to those very high and exalted characters the Jews give of their doctors, as when they call one, , "the lamp of light" (w); another, "the holy lamps" (x); and a third, , "the lamp of Israel" (y); with many others of the same kind; See Gill on Matthew 5:14 and See Gill on John 5:35.

(w) T. Bab. Cetubot, fol. 17. 1.((x) Zohar passim. (y) T. Bab. Beracot, fol. 28. 2.



Romans 2:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Jews and the Law
18and know His will and approve the things that are essential, being instructed out of the Law, 19and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of the immature, having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth,…
Cross References
John 9:40
Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, "What? Are we blind too?"

Romans 2:18
if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law;

Romans 2:20
an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth--
Treasury of Scripture

And are confident that you yourself are a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,

art confident.

Proverbs 26:12 See you a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Isaiah 5:21 Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Isaiah 56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb …

Matthew 6:23 But if your eye be evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. …

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

Matthew 23:16-26 Woe to you, you blind guides, which say, Whoever shall swear by the …

Mark 10:15 Truly I say to you, Whoever shall not receive the kingdom of God …

John 7:46-49 The officers answered, Never man spoke like this man…

John 9:34,40,41 They answered and said to him, You were altogether born in sins, …

1 Corinthians 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise …

1 Corinthians 4:10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ; we are …

1 Corinthians 8:1,2 Now as touching things offered to idols, we know that we all have …

Revelation 3:17,18 Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need …

a light.

Isaiah 49:6,9,10 And he said, It is a light thing that you should be my servant to …

Matthew 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which …

Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Luke 1:79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, …

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and …

Philippians 2:15 That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without …

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