Romans 6:15
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New International Version
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means!

New Living Translation
Well then, since God's grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not!

English Standard Version
What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!

New American Standard Bible
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be!

King James Bible
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not!

International Standard Version
What, then, does this mean? Should we go on sinning because we are not under Law but under grace? Of course not!

NET Bible
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
What, therefore? Shall we sin because we are not under The Written Law but under grace? God forbid!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then what is the implication? Should we sin because we are not controlled by laws but by God's favor? That's unthinkable!

Jubilee Bible 2000
What then? shall we sin because we are not under the law, but under grace? No, in no wise.

King James 2000 Bible
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

American King James Version
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

American Standard Version
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under law, but under grace? God forbid.

Douay-Rheims Bible
What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

Darby Bible Translation
What then? should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Far be the thought.

English Revised Version
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under law, but under grace? God forbid.

Webster's Bible Translation
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? By no means.

Weymouth New Testament
Are we therefore to sin because we are no longer under the authority of Law, but under grace? No, indeed!

World English Bible
What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under law, but under grace? May it never be!

Young's Literal Translation
What then? shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? let it not be!
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:11-15 The strongest motives against sin, and to enforce holiness, are here stated. Being made free from the reign of sin, alive unto God, and having the prospect of eternal life, it becomes believers to be greatly concerned to advance thereto. But, as unholy lusts are not quite rooted out in this life, it must be the care of the Christian to resist their motions, earnestly striving, that, through Divine grace, they may not prevail in this mortal state. Let the thought that this state will soon be at an end, encourage the true Christian, as to the motions of lusts, which so often perplex and distress him. Let us present all our powers to God, as weapons or tools ready for the warfare, and work of righteousness, in his service. There is strength in the covenant of grace for us. Sin shall not have dominion. God's promises to us are more powerful and effectual for mortifying sin, than our promises to God. Sin may struggle in a real believer, and create him a great deal of trouble, but it shall not have dominion; it may vex him, but it shall not rule over him. Shall any take occasion from this encouraging doctrine to allow themselves in the practice of any sin? Far be such abominable thoughts, so contrary to the perfections of God, and the design of his gospel, so opposed to being under grace. What can be a stronger motive against sin than the love of Christ? Shall we sin against so much goodness, and such love?

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 15, 16. - What then? shall we sin, because we are not under law, but under grace! (Does being under grace mean that we may allow ourselves in sin without being under sin's thraldom?) God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey (literally, unto obedience), his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? This is not a truism, as it would seem to be if it only meant, "whoso servants ye become, his servants ye are." "Ye yield yourselves" (παριστάνετε, cf. ver. 13) denotes acts of yielding. "Ye are" (ἕστε) denotes condition. The meaning is that by our conduct we show which master we are under; and we cannot serve two (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13; cf. John 8:34, "Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin;" and 1 John 3:7, "He that doeth righteousness is righteous"). The two incompatible services are here said to be of sin and of obedience, with their respective tendencies or results, death and righteousness. A more exact antithesis to the first clause would have been "of righteousness unto life;" life being the proper antithesis of death, and righteousness being afterwards said, in vers. 18 and 19, to be what we ought to be in bondage to. But though the sentence seems thus defective in form, its meaning is plain. Ὑπακοῆς means here specifically obedience to God, not obedience to any master as in ver. 16; and though in English "servants of obedience," as though obedience were a master, is an awkward phrase, yet we might properly say, "servants of duty," in opposition to "servants of sin;" and this is what is meant. It may be that the apostle purposely avoided here speaking of believers being slaves of righteousness in the sense in which they had been slaves of sin, because subjection to righteousness is not properly slavery, but willing obedience. He uses the expression, indeed, afterwards (ver. 18), but adds at once, ἀνθρώπινον λέγω, etc. (see note on this last expression). Death, "unto" which the service of sin is here said to be, cannot be mere natural death, to which all are subject. Meyer (with Chrysostom, Theophylact, and other ancients) takes it to mean eternal death, as the final result of bondage to sin; δικαιοσύνη, antithetically correlative, being regarded as applying to the time of final perfection of the faithful in the world to come - "the righteousness which is awarded to them in the judgment." Seeing, however, that the word δικαιοσύνη is used throughout the Epistle to denote what is attainable in this present life, and that θάνατος is often used to express a state of spiritual death, which men may be in at any time (see additional note on ver. 12; and cf. Romans 7:9, 10, 13, 24; Romans 8:6, 13; also John 5:24; 1 John 3:14), it is at least a question whether the final doom of the last judgment is here at all exclusively in the apostle's view.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

What then? shall we sin,.... Does it follow from hence, that therefore we may sin, and go on and continue in it,

because we are not under the law, but under grace? here the apostle meets with an objection of the adversary, saying, that if men are not under the law, and are free from all obligation to it, then they may live as they list; nor can they be chargeable with sin, or that be objected to them; since where there is no law, there is no transgression, and sin is not imputed where there is no law; and if they are under grace, or in the love and favour of God, from which there is no separation, then they cannot be damned, do what they will: but this objection proceeds upon a mistaken sense of the phrase, "under the law"; for believers, though they are not under the law as the ministry of Moses, yet they are under it, as it is in the hands of Christ; and though not under its curse, yet under obligation to obedience to it, from principles of love and grace; and a transgression of it is sin in them, as in others; and which is taken notice of by God, and visited with stripes in a: fatherly way, though his loving kindness is not removed: and to argue from the unchangeableness of God's grace, or the doctrines of it, as encouraging licentiousness, is greatly to abuse the grace of God, and manifestly betrays such persons to be ignorant of it and its influence; since nothing more powerfully engages to a love of holiness, and hatred of sin; wherefore the apostle, answers to this objection in his usual way,

God forbid; signifying his abhorrence of everything of this kind.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15, 16. What then? … Know ye not—it is a dictate of common sense.

Romans 6:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Wages of Sin
15What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! 16Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?…
Cross References
Luke 20:16
He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others." When the people heard this, they said, "God forbid!"

Romans 6:1
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?

Romans 6:2
By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
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