Romans 5:7
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New International Version
Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.

New Living Translation
Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good.

English Standard Version
For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—

New American Standard Bible
For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.

King James Bible
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For rarely will someone die for a just person--though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die.

International Standard Version
For it is rare for anyone to die for a righteous person, though somebody might be brave enough to die for a good person.

NET Bible
(For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps someone might possibly dare to die.)

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For a man will hardly die for the sake of the wicked, however a man perhaps may dare to die for the sake of the good.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Finding someone who would die for a godly person is rare. Maybe someone would have the courage to die for a good person.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die, yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

King James 2000 Bible
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet perhaps for a good man some would even dare to die.

American King James Version
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

American Standard Version
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: for peradventure for the good man some one would even dare to die.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For scarce for a just man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man some one would dare to die.

Darby Bible Translation
For scarcely for [the] just [man] will one die, for perhaps for [the] good [man] some one might also dare to die;

English Revised Version
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: for peradventure for the good man some one would even dare to die.

Webster's Bible Translation
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet perhaps for a good man some would even dare to die.

Weymouth New Testament
Why, it is scarcely conceivable that any one would die for a simply just man, although for a good and lovable man perhaps some one, here and there, will have the courage even to lay down his life.

World English Bible
For one will hardly die for a righteous man. Yet perhaps for a righteous person someone would even dare to die.

Young's Literal Translation
for scarcely for a righteous man will any one die, for for the good man perhaps some one also doth dare to die;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:6-11 Christ died for sinners; not only such as were useless, but such as were guilty and hateful; such that their everlasting destruction would be to the glory of God's justice. Christ died to save us, not in our sins, but from our sins; and we were yet sinners when he died for us. Nay, the carnal mind is not only an enemy to God, but enmity itself, chap. 8:7; Col 1:21. But God designed to deliver from sin, and to work a great change. While the sinful state continues, God loathes the sinner, and the sinner loathes God, Zec 11:8. And that for such as these Christ should die, is a mystery; no other such an instance of love is known, so that it may well be the employment of eternity to adore and wonder at it. Again; what idea had the apostle when he supposed the case of some one dying for a righteous man? And yet he only put it as a thing that might be. Was it not the undergoing this suffering, that the person intended to be benefitted might be released therefrom? But from what are believers in Christ released by his death? Not from bodily death; for that they all do and must endure. The evil, from which the deliverance could be effected only in this astonishing manner, must be more dreadful than natural death. There is no evil, to which the argument can be applied, except that which the apostle actually affirms, sin, and wrath, the punishment of sin, determined by the unerring justice of God. And if, by Divine grace, they were thus brought to repent, and to believe in Christ, and thus were justified by the price of his bloodshedding, and by faith in that atonement, much more through Him who died for them and rose again, would they be kept from falling under the power of sin and Satan, or departing finally from him. The living Lord of all, will complete the purpose of his dying love, by saving all true believers to the uttermost. Having such a pledge of salvation in the love of God through Christ, the apostle declared that believers not only rejoiced in the hope of heaven, and even in their tribulations for Christ's sake, but they gloried in God also, as their unchangeable Friend and all-sufficient Portion, through Christ only.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For scarcely for a righteous man will one die,.... The design of this, and the following verse, is to show that Christ's dying for ungodly persons is an instance of kindness that is matchless and unparalleled. By "a righteous man", is not meant a truly gracious, holy man; nor one that is made righteous by the obedience of Christ; but one that is so in his own eyes, and in the esteem of others, being outwardly moral and righteous before men; who keeps to the letter of the law, and does, as he imagines, what that externally requires: such were the Pharisees among the Jews, who, though they were had in much outward esteem and veneration among the people, yet were rather feared than loved; and it would have been a difficult thing to have found a person that would cheerfully venture, and lay down his life for any of that complexion and cast:

yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. By "a good man", is not meant a man made so by the grace of God, and who is indeed truly and properly the only good man; but a liberal and beneficent man, who was very bountiful in his charitable distributions to the poor, and very liberal in contributing towards the charge of sacrifices, repairs of the temple, &c. and did more this way than what the law obliged to. Now for such a man perhaps there might be some found so daring and hardy, as to venture and lay down their lives, when there was any danger of his, or any necessity for so doing; so great an interest such men had in the affections of the people. And so the Jews (z) distinguish between "a righteous man", and "a good man". They say (a),

"there is a righteous man that is good, and there is a righteous man that is not good; but he that is good for heaven, and the creatures, i.e. for God and men, this is , "a righteous good man"; but he that is good to God, and evil to men, this is , "a righteous man that is not good".''

The whole body of the people of the Jews were divided into three sorts: take a short sentence out of their Talmud (b), not to support the justness of the characters, but for the sake of this threefold division of the people:

"three things are said concerning the paring of the nails, "a righteous man" buries them, "a good man" burns them, "a wicked man" casts them away.''

Now to this division of the people the apostle alludes; and there is in the words a beautiful gradation, scarcely for one of the "righteous men", who does just what he is obliged to do by the law, and no more, will any die; perhaps it may be, that for one of "the good men", who are very liberal to the poor, and towards defraying all the expenses of the temple service, in which they exceed the strict demands of the law, some may be found willing to die; but who will die for the "the wicked and ungodly", the profligate and abandoned part of the people? not one, but Christ died for the ungodly: wherefore if instances could be produced of men's dying either for righteous men, or good men, these would not come up to the instance of Christ's dying for men, who were neither righteous nor good.

(z) Maimon in Misn Pirke Abot, c. 5. sect. 10, 13. Bartenora in Misn. Bava Metzia, c. 4. sect. 6. Juchasin, fol. 12. 2. Kimchi in Psal. iv. 3.((a) T. Bab. Kiddushin, fol. 40. 1.((b) T. Bab. Moed Katon, fol. 18. 1. & Niddah, fol. 17. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. For scarcely for a righteous man—a man of simply unexceptionable character.

will one—"any one"

die: yet peradventure for a good man—a man who, besides being unexceptionable, is distinguished for goodness, a benefactor to society.

some—"some one."

would—rather, "doth."

even dare to die—"Scarce an instance occurs of self-sacrifice for one merely upright; though for one who makes himself a blessing to society there may be found an example of such noble surrender of life" (So Bengel, Olshausen, Tholuck, Alford, Philippi). (To make the "righteous" and the "good" man here to mean the same person, and the whole sense to be that "though rare, the case may occur, of one making a sacrifice of life for a worthy character" [as Calvin, Beza, Fritzsche, Jowett], is extremely flat.)

Romans 5:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Christ's Sacrifice for the Ungodly
6For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. 8But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:15
For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.'

John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.

Romans 5:6
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.

Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Treasury of Scripture

For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

scarcely.

John 15:13 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life …

a good.

2 Samuel 18:27 And the watchman said, Me thinks the running of the foremost is like …

Psalm 112:5 A good man shows favor, and lends: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

Acts 11:24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and …

some.

Romans 16:4 Who have for my life laid down their own necks: to whom not only …

2 Samuel 18:3 But the people answered, You shall not go forth: for if we flee away, …

2 Samuel 23:14-17 And David was then in an hold, and the garrison of the Philistines …

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