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

New Living Translation
God's law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God's wonderful grace became more abundant.

English Standard Version
Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,

Berean Study Bible
The Law was given so that the trespass would increase; but where sin increased, grace increased all the more,

Berean Literal Bible
Now the Law entered so that trespass might abound; but where sin abounded, grace overabounded,

New American Standard Bible
The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,

King James Bible
Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The law came along to multiply the trespass. But where sin multiplied, grace multiplied even more

International Standard Version
Now the Law crept in so that the offense would increase. But where sin increased, grace increased even more,

NET Bible
Now the law came in so that the transgression may increase, but where sin increased, grace multiplied all the more,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But there was the introduction to The Written Law that sin would increase, and wherever sin increased, there grace superabounded.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Laws were added to increase the failure. But where sin increased, God's kindness increased even more.

New American Standard 1977
And the Law came in that the transgression might increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Moreover the law entered that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound,

King James 2000 Bible
Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

American King James Version
Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

American Standard Version
And the law came in besides, that the trespass might abound; but where sin abounded, grace did abound more exceedingly:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now the law entered in, that sin might abound. And where sin abounded, grace did more abound.

Darby Bible Translation
But law came in, in order that the offence might abound; but where sin abounded grace has overabounded,

English Revised Version
And the law came in beside, that the trespass might abound; but where sin abounded, grace did abound more exceedingly:

Webster's Bible Translation
Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

Weymouth New Testament
Now Law was brought in later on, so that transgression might increase. But where sin increased, grace has overflowed;

World English Bible
The law came in besides, that the trespass might abound; but where sin abounded, grace abounded more exceedingly;

Young's Literal Translation
And law came in, that the offence might abound, and where the sin did abound, the grace did overabound,
Study Bible
Death in Adam, Life in Christ
19For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. 20The Law was given so that the trespass would increase; but where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness, to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.…
Word Study

A primary particle; but, and, etc.

[the] Law
Nomos (N-NMS)
From a primary nemo; law, genitive case, specially, (including the volume); also of the Gospel), or figuratively.

From para and eiserchomai; to come in alongside, i.e. Supervene additionally or steathily.

In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

A falling away, lapse, slip, false step, trespass, sin. From parapipto; a side-slip, i.e. error or transgression.

From pleion; to do, make or be more, i.e. Increase; by extension, to superabound.

A primary particle; but, and, etc.

Where, whither, when, in what place. Genitive case of hos as adverb; at which place, i.e. Where.

From hamartano; a sin.

From pleion; to do, make or be more, i.e. Increase; by extension, to superabound.

From chairo; graciousness, of manner or act.

(a) intrans: I abound exceedingly, (b) dep: I overflow. From huper and perisseuo; to super-abound.

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
5:20,21 By Christ and his righteousness, we have more and greater privileges than we lost by the offence of Adam. The moral law showed that many thoughts, tempers, words, and actions, were sinful, thus transgressions were multiplied. Not making sin to abound the more, but discovering the sinfulness of it, even as the letting in a clearer light into a room, discovers the dust and filth which were there before, but were not seen. The sin of Adam, and the effect of corruption in us, are the abounding of that offence which appeared on the entrance of the law. And the terrors of the law make gospel comforts the more sweet. Thus God the Holy Spirit has, by the blessed apostle, delivered to us a most important truth, full of consolation, suited to our need as sinners. Whatever one may have above another, every man is a sinner against God, stands condemned by the law, and needs pardon. A righteousness that is to justify cannot be made up of a mixture of sin and holiness. There can be no title to an eternal reward without a pure and spotless righteousness: let us look for it, even to the righteousness of Christ.
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 6:1
What then shall we say? Shall we continue in sin so that grace may increase?

Romans 7:7
What then shall we say? Is the Law sin? By no means! Indeed, I would not have been mindful of sin if not for the Law. For I would not have been aware of coveting if the Law had not said, "Do not covet."

2 Corinthians 3:7
Now if the ministry of death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at the face of Moses because of its fleeting glory,

Galatians 3:19
Why then was the Law given? It was added because of transgressions, until the arrival of the seed to whom the promise referred. It was administered through angels by a mediator.

1 Timothy 1:14
And the grace of our Lord overflowed to me, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
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Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

the law.

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

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

Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the …

Romans 7:5-13 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by …

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

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

Galatians 3:19-25 Why then serves the law? It was added because of transgressions, …

But.

Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

2 Chronicles 33:9-13 So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, and …

Psalm 25:11 For your name's sake, O LORD, pardon my iniquity; for it is great.

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, said the LORD: though your …

Isaiah 43:24,25 You have bought me no sweet cane with money, neither have you filled …

Jeremiah 3:8-14 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed …

Ezekiel 16:52,60-63 You also, which have judged your sisters, bear your own shame for …

Ezekiel 36:25-32 Then will I sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean: …

Micah 7:18,19 Who is a God like to you, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the …

Matthew 9:13 But go you and learn what that means, I will have mercy, and not …

Luke 7:47 Why I say to you, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she …

Luke 23:39-43 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, …

John 10:10 The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: …

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of …

Ephesians 1:6-8 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted …

Ephesians 2:1-5 And you has he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins…

1 Timothy 1:13-16 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but …

Titus 3:3-7 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, …

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