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

New Living Translation
For the law always brings punishment on those who try to obey it. (The only way to avoid breaking the law is to have no law to break!)

English Standard Version
For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.

New American Standard Bible
for the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no violation.

King James Bible
Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the law produces wrath. And where there is no law, there is no transgression.

International Standard Version
for the Law produces wrath. Now where there is no Law, neither can there be any violation of it.

NET Bible
For the law brings wrath, because where there is no law there is no transgression either.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For The Written Law is the worker of wrath, for where there is no Written Law, neither is there a violation of The Written Law.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The laws in Moses' Teachings bring about anger. But where laws don't exist, they can't be broken.

Jubilee Bible 2000
because the law works wrath; for where there is no law, there is no rebellion either.

King James 2000 Bible
Because the law works wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

American King James Version
Because the law works wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

American Standard Version
for the law worketh wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there transgression.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the law worketh wrath. For where there is no law, neither is there transgression.

Darby Bible Translation
For law works wrath; but where no law is neither [is there] transgression.

English Revised Version
for the law worketh wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there transgression.

Webster's Bible Translation
Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

Weymouth New Testament
For the Law inflicts punishment; but where no Law exists, there can be no violation of Law.

World English Bible
For the law works wrath, for where there is no law, neither is there disobedience.

Young's Literal Translation
for the law doth work wrath; for where law is not, neither is transgression.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:13-22 The promise was made to Abraham long before the law. It points at Christ, and it refers to the promise, Ge 12:3. In Thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. The law worketh wrath, by showing that every transgressor is exposed to the Divine displeasure. As God intended to give men a title to the promised blessings, so he appointed it to be by faith, that it might be wholly of grace, to make it sure to all who were of the like precious faith with Abraham, whether Jews or Gentiles, in all ages. The justification and salvation of sinners, the taking to himself the Gentiles who had not been a people, were a gracious calling of things which are not, as though they were; and this giving a being to things that were not, proves the almighty power of God. The nature and power of Abraham's faith are shown. He believed God's testimony, and looked for the performance of his promise, firmly hoping when the case seemed hopeless. It is weakness of faith, that makes a man lie poring on the difficulties in the way of a promise. Abraham took it not for a point that would admit of argument or debate. Unbelief is at the bottom of all our staggerings at God's promises. The strength of faith appeared in its victory over fears. God honours faith; and great faith honours God. It was imputed to him for righteousness. Faith is a grace that of all others gives glory to God. Faith clearly is the instrument by which we receive the righteousness of God, the redemption which is by Christ; and that which is the instrument whereby we take or receive it, cannot be the thing itself, nor can it be the gift thereby taken and received. Abraham's faith did not justify him by its own merit or value, but as giving him a part in Christ.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Because the law worketh wrath,.... Not the wrath of man, though that is sometimes stirred up through the prohibitions of the law, to which the carnal mind of man is enmity, but the wrath of God the law is so far from justifying sinners, that it curses and condemns them; and when it comes into the heart and is let into the conscience of a sinner, it fills with terrible apprehensions of the wrath of God, and a fearful looking for of his judgment and fiery indignation:

for where no law is, there is no transgression; (r); a sort of a proverbial expression: had the law of Moses not been given, there was the law of nature which sin is a transgression of; but the law of Moses was added for the better discovery and detection of sin, which would not have been so manifest without it, and which may be the apostle's sense; that where there is no law, there is no knowledge of any transgression; and so the Ethiopic version reads the words, "if the law had not come, there would have been none who would have known sin"; but the law is come, and there is a law by which is the knowledge of sin, and therefore no man can be justified by it; since that convinces him of sin, and fills him with a sense of divine wrath on account of it.

(r) Caphtor, fol. 10. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. Because the law worketh wrath—has nothing to give to those who break is but condemnation and vengeance.

for where there is no law, there is no transgression—It is just the law that makes transgression, in the case of those who break it; nor can the one exist without the other.

Romans 4:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Abraham Receives the Promise
14For if those who are of the Law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise is nullified; 15for the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no violation. 16For this reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,…
Cross References
Romans 3:20
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.

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 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 7:10
I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death.

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

2 Corinthians 3:7
Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was,

Galatians 3:10
For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: "Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law."

1 John 3:4
Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.
Treasury of Scripture

Because the law works wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

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Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: …

Romans 2:5,6 But after your hardness and impenitent heart treasure up to yourself …

Romans 3:19,20 Now we know that what things soever the law said, it said to them …

Romans 5:13,20,21 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when …

Romans 7:7-11 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. No, I had not …

Numbers 32:14 And, behold, you are risen up in your fathers' stead, an increase …

Deuteronomy 29:20-28 The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his …

2 Kings 22:13 Go you, inquire of the LORD for me, and for the people, and for all …

Jeremiah 4:8 For this gird you with sackcloth, lament and howl: for the fierce …

Lamentations 2:22 You have called as in a solemn day my terrors round about, so that …

Ezekiel 7:19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed…

Zephaniah 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them …

John 3:36 He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes …

John 15:22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they had not had sin: but now …

Acts 17:30,31 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all …

1 Corinthians 15:56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

2 Corinthians 3:7-9 But if the ministration of death, written and engraved in stones, …

Galatians 3:10,19 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for …

Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things …

Colossians 3:6 For which things' sake the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience:

1 John 3:4 Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression …

Revelation 6:16,17 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from …

Revelation 19:15 And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite …

where.

Romans 2:12,13 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without …

Romans 5:13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when …

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