Romans 5:13
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New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. But it was not counted as sin because there was not yet any law to break.

English Standard Version
for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law.

Berean Study Bible
For sin was in the world before the Law was given; but sin is not taken into account when there is no law.

Berean Literal Bible
For until the Law, sin was in the world; but sin is not imputed, there being no law.

New American Standard Bible
for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

King James Bible
(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In fact, sin was in the world before the law, but sin is not charged to a person's account when there is no law.

International Standard Version
Certainly sin was in the world before the Law was given, but no record of sin is kept when there is no Law.

NET Bible
for before the law was given, sin was in the world, but there is no accounting for sin when there is no law.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For until The Written Law, sin was in the universe, but it was not accounted as sin, because there was no written law.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Sin was in the world before there were any laws. But no record of sin can be kept when there are no laws.

New American Standard 1977
for until the Law sin was in the world; but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For until the law, sin was in the world; but the sin was not imputed, there being no law.

King James 2000 Bible
(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

American King James Version
(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

American Standard Version
for until the law sin was in the world; but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For until the law sin was in the world; but sin was not imputed, when the law was not.

Darby Bible Translation
(for until law sin was in [the] world; but sin is not put to account when there is no law;

English Revised Version
for until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

Webster's Bible Translation
For until the law, sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

Weymouth New Testament
For prior to the Law sin was already in the world; only it is not entered in the account against us when no Law exists.

World English Bible
For until the law, sin was in the world; but sin is not charged when there is no law.

Young's Literal Translation
for till law sin was in the world: and sin is not reckoned when there is not law;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
5:12-14 The design of what follows is plain. It is to exalt our views respecting the blessings Christ has procured for us, by comparing them with the evil which followed upon the fall of our first father; and by showing that these blessings not only extend to the removal of these evils, but far beyond. Adam sinning, his nature became guilty and corrupted, and so came to his children. Thus in him all have sinned. And death is by sin; for death is the wages of sin. Then entered all that misery which is the due desert of sin; temporal, spiritual, eternal death. If Adam had not sinned, he had not died; but a sentence of death was passed, as upon a criminal; it passed through all men, as an infectious disease that none escape. In proof of our union with Adam, and our part in his first transgression, observe, that sin prevailed in the world, for many ages before the giving of the law by Moses. And death reigned in that long time, not only over adults who wilfully sinned, but also over multitudes of infants, which shows that they had fallen in Adam under condemnation, and that the sin of Adam extended to all his posterity. He was a figure or type of Him that was to come as Surety of a new covenant, for all who are related to Him.
Study Bible
Death in Adam, Life in Christ
12Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man and death through sin, so also death was passed on to all men, because all sinned. 13For sin was in the world before the Law was given; but sin is not taken into account when there is no law. 14Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who did not sin in the way that Adam transgressed. He is a pattern of the One to come.…
Cross References
Romans 3:20
Therefore no one will be justified in His sight by works of the Law. For the Law merely brings awareness of sin.

Romans 4:15
because the Law brings wrath. And where there is no law, there is no transgression.
Treasury of Scripture

(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

until.

Genesis 4:7-11 If you do well, shall you not be accepted? and if you do not well, …

Genesis 6:5,6,11 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth…

Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet smell; and the LORD said in his heart, …

Genesis 13:13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.

Genesis 18:20 And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, …

Genesis 19:4,32,36 But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, …

Genesis 38:7,10 And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and …

but sin.

Romans 4:15 Because the law works wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

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

1 John 3:4,14 Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression …

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