Romans 3:20
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New International Version
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God's sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

New Living Translation
For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.

English Standard Version
For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

New American Standard Bible
because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.

King James Bible
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For no one will be justified in His sight by the works of the law, because the knowledge of sin comes through the law.

International Standard Version
Therefore, God will not justify any human being by means of the actions prescribed by the Law, for through the Law comes the full knowledge of sin.

NET Bible
For no one is declared righteous before him by the works of the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because by works of The Written Law no one is justified before him, for by The Written Law sin has been made known.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Not one person can have God's approval by following Moses' Teachings. Moses' Teachings show what sin is.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For by the deeds of the law, no flesh shall be justified in his sight; for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

American King James Version
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

American Standard Version
because by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified in his sight; for through the law cometh the knowledge of sin.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified before him. For by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore by works of law no flesh shall be justified before him; for by law [is] knowledge of sin.

English Revised Version
because by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for through the law cometh the knowledge of sin.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore by the deeds of the law, there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Weymouth New Testament
For on the ground of obedience to Law no man living will be declared righteous before Him. Law simply brings a sure knowledge of sin.

World English Bible
Because by the works of the law, no flesh will be justified in his sight. For through the law comes the knowledge of sin.

Young's Literal Translation
wherefore by works of law shall no flesh be declared righteous before Him, for through law is a knowledge of sin.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:19,20 It is in vain to seek for justification by the works of the law. All must plead guilty. Guilty before God, is a dreadful word; but no man can be justified by a law which condemns him for breaking it. The corruption in our nature, will for ever stop any justification by our own works.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Therefore by the deeds of the law,.... Hence it most clearly appears, that there can be no justification before God by the law, since it stops the mouths of men, and pronounces them guilty: by "the deeds of the law" are meant, works done in obedience to it, as performed by sinful men, which are very imperfect; not as performed by Adam in innocence or by Christ in our nature whose works were perfect; but as performed by sinful men and of themselves, and not as performed in and by Christ for them who is the fulfilling end of the law for righteousness to all believers: now by such works as these whether wrought before or after conversion, with or without the strength and grace of Christ,

there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: that is, no one person: "flesh" designs men, and men as corrupt and carnal, in opposition to God, who is a Spirit pure and holy; and may have respect to the vain opinion of Jews and Gentiles, who were vainly puffed up in their fleshly mind; the one on account of their wisdom and learning, the other on account of their righteousness; and includes all the individuals of human nature:, the word "justified", does not signify being made righteous by the infusion of righteousness, for the infusion of a righteousness, or holiness, is sanctification, which is a work of the Spirit of God, is internal, and imperfect, and so not justifying; but it is a forensic word, or legal term, and stands opposed to a being condemned; and signifies to be acquitted, discharged, and made righteous in a legal sense, which can never be done by an imperfect obedience to the law: men may be justified hereby in their own sight, and in the sight of others, but not in "his sight"; in the sight of God, who is omniscient, and sees not as man seeth; who is pure, holy, and righteous, and whose judgment is according to truth: this is said in direct contradiction to the Jews (z), who say,

"a man is not justified for ever, but by the words of the law:''

but in his sight none can be justified, but by the perfect obedience and righteousness of Christ. The reason for it is,

for by the law is the knowledge of sin; it discovers to a man, by the light of the Spirit of God, and as under his influence, and attended with his power, the sins both of his heart and life; and so he is convinced by it as a transgressor and finds himself guilty, and liable to condemnation and death; wherefore he can never hope for and expect justification by it. The Jews ascribe such an use as this to the law, which they suppose it performs in a very gentle manner;

"he that rises in the night (say they (a)), and studies in the law, , "the law makes known to him his sin", but not in a way of judgment, but as a mother makes known to her son in tender language:''

but this is generally done in a rougher way, for the law works wrath.

(z) Zohar in Lev. fol. 33. 3.((a) Zohar in Lev. fol. 10. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. Therefore by the deeds of—obedience to

the law there shall no flesh be justified—that is, be held and treated as righteous; as is plain from the whole scope and strain of the argument.

in his sight—at His bar (Ps 143:2).

for by the law is the knowledge of sin—(See on [2186]Ro 4:15; [2187]Ro 7:7; and [2188]1Jo 3:4).

Note, How broad and deep does the apostle in this section lay the foundations of his great doctrine of Justification by free grace—in the disorder of man's whole nature, the consequent universality of human guilt, the condemnation, by reason of the breach of divine law, of the whole world, and the impossibility of justification before God by obedience to that violated law! Only when these humiliating conclusions are accepted and felt, are we in a condition to appreciate and embrace the grace of the Gospel, next to be opened up.

Romans 3:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
There is No One Righteous
19Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God; 20because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.
Cross References
Psalm 143:2
Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you.

Acts 13:39
Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.

Romans 3:28
For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.

Romans 4:15
because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.

Romans 5:13
To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone's account where there is no law.

Romans 5:20
The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more,

Romans 7:7
What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, "You shall not covet."

Romans 7:8
But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead.

Romans 7:11
For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death.

1 Corinthians 15:56
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

Galatians 2:16
know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.

Hebrews 7:19
(for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Therefore.

Romans 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the …

Romans 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers …

Romans 4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not …

Romans 9:32 Why? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works …

Acts 13:39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which …

Galatians 2:16,19 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but …

Galatians 3:10-13 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for …

Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect to you, whoever of you are justified …

Ephesians 2:8,9 For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: …

Titus 3:5-7 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to …

James 2:9,10 But if you have respect to persons, you commit sin, and are convinced …

no flesh.

Job 25:4 How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that …

Psalm 130:3 If you, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

Psalm 143:2 And enter not into judgment with your servant: for in your sight …

James 2:20-26 But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead…

in his sight.

Job 15:15 Behold, he puts no trust in his saints; yes, the heavens are not …

Job 25:5 Behold even to the moon, and it shines not; yes, the stars are not …

for by the.

Romans 7:7-9 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. No, I had not …

Galatians 2:19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live to God.

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