Romans 3:2
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New International Version
Much in every way! First of all, the Jews have been entrusted with the very words of God.

New Living Translation
Yes, there are great benefits! First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the whole revelation of God.

English Standard Version
Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God.

New American Standard Bible
Great in every respect. First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God.

King James Bible
Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Considerable in every way. First, they were entrusted with the spoken words of God.

International Standard Version
There are all kinds of advantages! First of all, the Jews have been entrusted with the utterances of God.

NET Bible
Actually, there are many advantages. First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Much in everything; first, that they were entrusted with the words of God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
There are all kinds of advantages. First of all, God entrusted them with his word.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Much in every way: first, certainly, that the oracles of God have been entrusted unto them.

King James 2000 Bible
Much every way: chiefly, because unto them were committed the oracles of God.

American King James Version
Much every way: chiefly, because that to them were committed the oracles of God.

American Standard Version
Much every way: first of all, that they were intrusted with the oracles of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Much every way. First indeed, because the words of God were committed to them.

Darby Bible Translation
Much every way: and first, indeed, that to them were entrusted the oracles of God.

English Revised Version
Much every way: first of all, that they were intrusted with the oracles of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
Much every way: chiefly, because that to them were committed the oracles of God.

Weymouth New Testament
The privilege is great from every point of view. First of all, because the Jews were entrusted with God's truth.

World English Bible
Much in every way! Because first of all, they were entrusted with the oracles of God.

Young's Literal Translation
much in every way; for first, indeed, that they were intrusted with the oracles of God;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-8 The law could not save in or from sins, yet it gave the Jews advantages for obtaining salvation. Their stated ordinances, education in the knowledge of the true God and his service, and many favours shown to the children of Abraham, all were means of grace, and doubtless were made useful to the conversion of many. But especially the Scriptures were committed to them. Enjoyment of God's word and ordinances, is the chief happiness of a people. But God's promises are made only to believers; therefore the unbelief of some, or of many professors, cannot make this faithfulness of no effect. He will fulfil his promises to his people, and bring his threatened vengeance upon unbelievers. God's judging the world, should for ever silence all doubtings and reflections upon his justice. The wickedness and obstinate unbelief of the Jews, proved man's need of the righteousness of God by faith, and also his justice in punishing for sin. Let us do evil, that good may come, is oftener in the heart than in the mouth of sinners; for few thus justify themselves in their wicked ways. The believer knows that duty belongs to him, and events to God; and that he must not commit any sin, or speak one falsehood, upon the hope, or even assurance, that God may thereby glorify himself. If any speak and act thus, their condemnation is just.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Much every way,.... The circumcised Jew has greatly the advantage of the uncircumcised Gentile, , "in all respects", , "on every side", as the Rabbins speak; phrases to which this in the text answers:

chiefly; more especially, particularly, and in the first place;

because that unto them were committed the oracles of God; by which are meant the law of Moses, and the writings of the prophets, the institutions of the ceremonial law, and the prophecies of the Messiah and the Gospel church state; and in a word, all the books of the Old Testament, and whatsoever is contained in them; which are called so, because they are of divine inspiration, contain the mind and will of God, and are infallible and authoritative: and it was the privilege and profit of the Jews that they were intrusted with them, when other nations were not, and so had the advantage of them; they had them for their own use; for hereby they had a more clear and distinct knowledge of God than the Gentiles could have by the light of nature; and besides, became acquainted with the doctrines of a trinity of persons in the Godhead, of the sonship and deity of the Messiah, of the sacrifice, satisfaction, and righteousness of the Redeemer, and of salvation by him; and also with the manner of worshipping of God according to his will; all which the Gentiles were ignorant of. Moreover, they had the honour of being the keepers of these sacred books, these divine oracles, and of transmitting them to posterity, for the use of others.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. Much every way; chiefly, because—rather, "first, that."

unto them were committed the oracles of God—This remarkable expression, denoting "divine communications" in general, is transferred to the Scriptures to express their oracular, divine, authoritative character.

Romans 3:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
God Remains Faithful
1Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? 2Great in every respect. First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God. 3What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it?…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:8
And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws as this body of laws I am setting before you today?

Psalm 147:19
He has revealed his word to Jacob, his laws and decrees to Israel.

Psalm 147:20
He has done this for no other nation; they do not know his laws. Praise the LORD.

Acts 7:38
He was in the assembly in the wilderness, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors; and he received living words to pass on to us.

Romans 3:1
What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision?

Romans 9:4
the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises.
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Much every way: chiefly, because that to them were committed the oracles of God.

Much.

Romans 3:3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith …

Romans 11:1,2,15-23,28,29 I say then, Has God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also …

because.

Romans 2:18 And know his will, and approve the things that are more excellent, …

Romans 9:4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertains the adoption, and the glory, …

Deuteronomy 4:7,8 For what nation is there so great, who has God so near to them, as …

Nehemiah 9:13,14 You came down also on mount Sinai, and spoke with them from heaven, …

Psalm 78:4-7 We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation …

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

Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this …

Ezekiel 20:11,12 And I gave them my statutes, and showed them my judgments, which …

Luke 16:29-31 Abraham said to him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them…

John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: …

2 Timothy 3:15-17 And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures…

2 Peter 1:19-21 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well …

Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said to me, See you …

committed.

1 Corinthians 9:17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against …

2 Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, …

Galatians 2:7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision …

1 Timothy 6:20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to your trust, avoiding profane …

the oracles.

Romans 1:2 (Which he had promised before by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)

Psalm 119:140 Your word is very pure: therefore your servant loves it.

Daniel 10:21 But I will show you that which is noted in the scripture of truth: …

Acts 7:38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel …

2 Timothy 3:15,16 And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures…

Hebrews 5:12 For when for the time you ought to be teachers…

1 Peter 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man …

2 Peter 1:20,21 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private …

Revelation 22:6 And he said to me, These sayings are faithful and true…

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