Romans 2:8
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New International Version
But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.

New Living Translation
But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness.

English Standard Version
but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.

Berean Study Bible
But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow wickedness, there will be wrath and anger.

Berean Literal Bible
but to those of self-interest and disobeying the truth, but being persuaded about unrighteousness, wrath and anger;

New American Standard Bible
but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation.

King James Bible
But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
but wrath and indignation to those who are self-seeking and disobey the truth but are obeying unrighteousness;

International Standard Version
but wrath and fury for those who in their selfish pride refuse to believe the truth and practice wickedness instead.

NET Bible
but wrath and anger to those who live in selfish ambition and do not obey the truth but follow unrighteousness.

New Heart English Bible
But to those who are self-seeking, and do not obey the truth, but obey wickedness -- wrath and anger,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But those who resist and do not obey the truth, but obey evil, he will pay anger and fury,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
anger and fury on those who, in selfish pride, refuse to believe the truth and who follow what is wrong.

New American Standard 1977
but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation.

Jubilee Bible 2000
but unto those that are contentious and do not obey the truth, but are persuaded by unrighteousness, indignation and wrath.

King James 2000 Bible
But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,

American King James Version
But to them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,

American Standard Version
but unto them that are factious, and obey not the truth, but obey unrighteousness,'shall be wrath and indignation,

Douay-Rheims Bible
But to them that are contentious, and who obey not the truth, but give credit to iniquity, wrath and indignation.

Darby Bible Translation
But to those that are contentious, and are disobedient to the truth, but obey unrighteousness, [there shall be] wrath and indignation,

English Revised Version
but unto them that are factious, and obey not the truth, but obey unrighteousness, shall be wrath and indignation,

Webster's Bible Translation
But to them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness; indignation and wrath:

Weymouth New Testament
while on the other hand upon the self-willed who disobey the truth and obey unrighteousness will fall anger and fury, affliction and awful distress,

World English Bible
but to those who are self-seeking, and don't obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, will be wrath and indignation,

Young's Literal Translation
and to those contentious, and disobedient, indeed, to the truth, and obeying the unrighteousness -- indignation and wrath,
Study Bible
God's Righteous Judgment
7To those who by perseverance in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality, He will give eternal life. 8But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow wickedness, there will be wrath and anger. 9There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil, first for the Jew, then for the Greek;…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 6:23
then hear from heaven and act and judge Your servants, punishing the wicked by bringing his way on his own head and justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness.

Proverbs 11:23
The desire of the righteous is only good, But the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

Jeremiah 34:18
I will give the men who have transgressed My covenant, who have not fulfilled the words of the covenant which they made before Me, when they cut the calf in two and passed between its parts--

Ezekiel 22:31
"Thus I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; their way I have brought upon their heads," declares the Lord GOD.

2 Corinthians 12:20
For I am afraid that when I come, I may not find you as I wish, and you may not find me as you wish. I fear that there may be quarreling, jealousy, rage, rivalry, slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorder.

Galatians 5:20
idolatry and sorcery; hatred, discord, jealousy, and rage; rivalries, divisions, factions,

Philippians 1:17
The former, however, preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing they can add to the distress of my chains.

Philippians 2:3
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or empty pride, but in humility consider others more important than yourselves.

2 Thessalonians 1:8
in blazing fire. He will inflict vengeance on those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

2 Thessalonians 2:12
in order that judgment will come upon all who have disbelieved the truth and delighted in wickedness.
Treasury of Scripture

But to them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,

contentious.

Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride comes contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

1 Corinthians 11:16 But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither …

1 Timothy 6:3,4 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even …

Titus 3:9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and …

and do not.

Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness …

Romans 6:17 But God be thanked, that you were the servants of sin…

Romans 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias said, Lord, who …

Romans 15:18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ …

Job 24:13 They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the …

Isaiah 50:10 Who is among you that fears the LORD, that obeys the voice of his …

2 Thessalonians 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that …

Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation …

Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which …

1 Peter 3:1 Likewise, you wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, …

1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: …

but obey.

John 3:18-21 He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not …

2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 And with all delusion of unrighteousness in them that perish; because …

Hebrews 3:12,13 Take heed, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of …

indignation.

Romans 9:22 What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known…

Psalm 90:11 Who knows the power of your anger? even according to your fear, so …

Nahum 1:6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness …

Hebrews 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, …

Revelation 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured …

Revelation 16:19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of …

(8) But unto them . . .--The scholar will observe that in the original Greek the construction is changed. At the end of Romans 2:7 is an accusative "(he will render) eternal life;" here we have the nominative, "(there shall be) tribulation and anguish."

That are contentious.--An error in the Authorised version through a wrong derivation of the word. Strictly, To those who act in the spirit of a hireling; hence, according to the secondary meaning of the word, "to those who act in a spirit of factiousness and self-seeking." It is, however, quite possible that the mistaken derivation may have been current in St. Paul's time, as it was, no doubt, somewhat later, from Origen downwards. St. Paul, it is true, distinguishes between the proper word for "contention" and that used here (e.g., in 2Corinthians 12:20; Galatians 5:20), but this would not exclude, it would rather seem to imply, not indeed a formal derivation, but some association of ideas. The shade of meaning will, perhaps, be expressed if we translate by some such word as "factiousness." So in Philippians 1:16 (properly Philippians 1:17, the order of the clauses being reversed), "the one (the other) preach Christ of factiousness."

Indignation and wrath.--The Greek equivalents for these two words are distinguished as the settled angry feeling from the passionate outbreak of anger.

The truth.--Here used in a moral sense, as almost equivalent to "rectitude," "that which is right." There is a tendency towards this meaning in Romans 1:18, "Who hold down the truth in unrighteousness," though there "the truth" appears to mean rather "natural religion" in general. The ethical sense comes out clearly in John 3:21, "he that doeth truth," opposed to "he that doeth evil." These phrases, "obey the truth," "obey unrighteousness," in a plainer style, would be simply "do good," "do evil." It may be noted that St. Paul is fond of these quasi-personifications.

But unto them that are contentious,.... This is a description of the other sort of persons to whom God will render according to their deeds, "who are of the contention"; who contend for victory, and not truth; strive about words to no profit; are quarrelsome, and sow discord among men, and in churches;

and do not obey the truth; neither attend to the light of nature, and to that which may be known of God by it; nor regard and submit to the Gospel revelation and so design both the Gentiles, which knew not God, and Jews, and others, who obey not the Gospel:

but obey unrighteousness; are servants of sin: to these God renders

indignation and wrath; wrathful or fiery indignation, the hottest of his fury. 8. But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, etc.—referring to such keen and determined resistance to the Gospel as he himself had too painfully witnessed on the part of his own countrymen. (See Ac 13:44-46; 17:5, 13; 18:6, 12; and compare 1Th 2:15, 16).

indignation and wrath—in the bosom of a sin-avenging God.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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