Romans 2:21
Parallel Verses
New International Version
you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal?

New Living Translation
Well then, if you teach others, why don't you teach yourself? You tell others not to steal, but do you steal?

English Standard Version
you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal?

New American Standard Bible
you, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that one shall not steal, do you steal?

King James Bible
Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
you then, who teach another, don't you teach yourself? You who preach, "You must not steal"--do you steal?

International Standard Version
as you teach others, do you fail to teach yourself? As you preach against stealing, do you steal?

NET Bible
therefore you who teach someone else, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You therefore who are teaching others, you do not teach yourself. You who are preaching that people should not steal, you are stealing!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As you teach others, are you failing to teach yourself? As you preach against stealing, are you stealing?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou, therefore, who teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? Thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?

King James 2000 Bible
You therefore who teach another, can you not teach yourself? you that preach a man should not steal, do you steal?

American King James Version
You therefore which teach another, teach you not yourself? you that preach a man should not steal, do you steal?

American Standard Version
thou therefore that teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou therefore that teachest another, teachest not thyself: thou that preachest that men should not steal, stealest:

Darby Bible Translation
thou then that teachest another, dost thou not teach thyself? thou that preachest not to steal, dost thou steal?

English Revised Version
thou therefore that teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou therefore who teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?

Weymouth New Testament
you then who teach your fellow man, do you refuse to teach yourself? You who cry out against stealing, are you yourself a thief?

World English Bible
You therefore who teach another, don't you teach yourself? You who preach that a man shouldn't steal, do you steal?

Young's Literal Translation
Thou, then, who art teaching another, thyself dost thou not teach?
Parallel Commentaries
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

Verse 21. - Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? The οῦν here does not involve an anacoluthon after the reading εἴ δὲ in ver. 17, though St. Paul would not have much cared if it had been so. It serves only to sum up the lengthened protasis, and introduce the apodosis: "If... dost thou then," etc.? In what follows it is not, of course, implied that all Jews who relied on the Law were, in fact, thieves, adulterers, etc., but only that the Jews as a nation were no more exempt from such sins than others; and it may be that those specified were not selected by the apostle at random, but as being such as the Jews had a peculiar evil notoriety for at that time. Thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself?.... Several charges are here brought against the Jews, even against their teachers; for though they are put by way of question, they are to be considered as so many assertions and matters of fact; thus, though they taught others, they did not teach themselves; they were blind leaders of the blind; they were ignorant of the law, of the spirituality of it; they were desirous to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they said, nor whereof they affirmed: they were ignorant of the righteousness of God, of whom they boasted; and of the more excellent things of Moses, and the prophets, they pretended to explain; and of the Messiah, of whom their prophecies so much spoke: and besides, what they did understand and teach, they did not practise themselves; than which nothing is more shameful, or more betrays stupidity and ignorance; for as they themselves (b) say,

"he that teaches men, , "that which he himself does not do", is like a blind man who has a lamp in his hand, and enlightens others, but he, himself walks in darkness.''

And such teachers they own were among them.

"Beautiful (say they (c)) are the words which come out of the mouths of them that do, them: Ben Assai was a beautiful preacher, but did not well observe;''

i.e., to do what he said.

Thou that preach at a man should not steal, dost thou steal? some understand this figuratively, of stealing, or taking away the true sense of the law, and putting a false one upon it; of which these men were notoriously guilty: but rather, it is to be understood literally, not only of the inward desires and motions of their minds after this sin, and of their consenting to, and conniving at theft and robbery, but of their doing it themselves; who, under pretence of long prayers, "devoured widows' houses", Matthew 23:14, plundered and robbed them of their substance: no wonder that these men preferred Barabbas, a thief and a robber, to Jesus Christ.

(b) Sepher Hamaalot, p. 87. Apud Buxtorf. Heb. Florileg. p. 75. (c) Bereshit Rabba, fol. 30. 3.



Romans 2:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Jews and the Law
20a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of the immature, having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth, 21you, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that one shall not steal, do you steal? 22You who say that one should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?…
Cross References
Psalm 50:17
You hate my instruction and cast my words behind you.

Isaiah 42:20
You have seen many things, but you pay no attention; your ears are open, but you do not listen."

Matthew 23:3
So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.
Treasury of Scripture

You therefore which teach another, teach you not yourself? you that preach a man should not steal, do you steal?

therefore.

Psalm 50:16-21 But to the wicked God said, What have you to do to declare my statutes, …

Matthew 23:3 All therefore whatever they bid you observe, that observe and do; …

Luke 4:23 And he said to them, You will surely say to me this proverb, Physician, …

Luke 11:46 And he said, Woe to you also, you lawyers! for you lade men with …

Luke 12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, …

Luke 19:22 And he said to him, Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked …

1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that …

Galatians 6:13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but …

Titus 2:1-7 But speak you the things which become sound doctrine…

dost thou steal.

Isaiah 56:11 Yes, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are …

Ezekiel 22:12,13,27 In you have they taken gifts to shed blood; you have taken usury and increase…

Amos 8:4-6 Hear this, O you that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor …

Micah 3:11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach …

Matthew 21:13 And said to them, It is written, My house shall be called the house …

Matthew 23:14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you devour widows' …

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