Romans 6:18
Parallel Verses
New International Version
You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

New Living Translation
Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.

English Standard Version
and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.

New American Standard Bible
and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.

King James Bible
Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and having been liberated from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness.

International Standard Version
And since you have been freed from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness.

NET Bible
and having been freed from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when you were freed from sin you became Servants to righteousness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Freed from sin, you were made slaves who do what God approves of.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and freed from sin, ye are become the slaves of righteousness.

King James 2000 Bible
Being then made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness.

American King James Version
Being then made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness.

American Standard Version
and being made free from sin, ye became servants of righteousness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Being then freed from sin, we have been made servants of justice.

Darby Bible Translation
Now, having got your freedom from sin, ye have become bondmen to righteousness.

English Revised Version
and being made free from sin, ye became servants of righteousness.

Webster's Bible Translation
Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

Weymouth New Testament
You were set free from the tyranny of Sin, and became the bondservants of Righteousness--

World English Bible
Being made free from sin, you became bondservants of righteousness.

Young's Literal Translation
and having been freed from the sin, ye became servants to the righteousness.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:16-20 Every man is the servant of the master to whose commands he yields himself; whether it be the sinful dispositions of his heart, in actions which lead to death, or the new and spiritual obedience implanted by regeneration. The apostle rejoiced now they obeyed from the heart the gospel, into which they were delivered as into a mould. As the same metal becomes a new vessel, when melted and recast in another mould, so the believer has become a new creature. And there is great difference in the liberty of mind and spirit, so opposite to the state of slavery, which the true Christian has in the service of his rightful Lord, whom he is enabled to consider as his Father, and himself as his son and heir, by the adoption of grace. The dominion of sin consists in being willingly slaves thereto, not in being harassed by it as a hated power, struggling for victory. Those who now are the servants of God, once were the slaves of sin.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Being then made free from sin,.... Not from a sinful nature; nor from a corrupt heart; nor from vain thoughts; nor from sinful words; nor from sinful actions altogether; but from the damning power of sin: sin brought all men under a sentence of condemnation; Christ has bore the execution of this sentence in himself for his people; hence, as considered in him, they are free from it; and such as are born again have passed from death to life, and shall never enter into condemnation: likewise, such persons are free from the guilt of sin; men are in a legal sense arraigned for sin, accused of it, and being convicted, are pronounced guilty before God; and awakened souls have a sense of it in themselves; but the blood of Christ sprinkled on their consciences frees them from it; though fresh sins committed bring fresh guilt, which requires the continual application of the blood of Jesus for pardon and cleansing: but what is chiefly designed here is freedom from the servitude of sin, as appears from the context. Now God's elect are not released voluntarily by their former masters; nor is their freedom obtained by their own power and will; but it is of God, Father, Son, and Spirit; and the Gospel is generally the means of it, and happy are those persons who are blessed with it! They are rid of a bad master; are freed from the worst of bondage; will be no more servants, as before; are delivered from the power, and out of the kingdom of darkness; are heirs of heaven, and shall enjoy the glorious liberty of the children of God: and for the time present are

become the servants of righteousness; servants to God, whose Gospel they obey; servants to Christ, whose righteousness they submit to; and servants to the law of righteousness, as held forth by Christ; they give up themselves to a course and life of righteousness, in which there are true honour, peace, and pleasure.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. Being then—"And being"; it is the continuation and conclusion of the preceding sentence; not a new one.

made free from Sin, ye became the servants of—"servants to"

Righteousness—The case is one of emancipation from entire servitude to one Master to entire servitude to another, whose property we are (see on [2206]Ro 1:1). There is no middle state of personal independence; for which we were never made, and to which we have no claim. When we would not that God should reign over us, we were in righteous judgment "sold under Sin"; now being through grace "made free from Sin," it is only to become "servants to Righteousness," which is our true freedom.

Romans 6:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Wages of Sin
17But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, 18and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.…
Cross References
Luke 4:18
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,

John 8:32
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

Romans 6:22
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.

Romans 8:2
because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
Treasury of Scripture

Being then made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness.

made.

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

Psalm 116:16 O LORD, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, and the son of …

Psalm 119:32,45 I will run the way of your commandments, when you shall enlarge my heart…

Luke 1:74,75 That he would grant to us, that we being delivered out of the hand …

John 8:32,36 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free…

1 Corinthians 7:21,22 Are you called being a servant? care not for it: but if you may be …

Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us …

1 Peter 2:16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, …

servants.

Romans 6:19,20,22 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh…

Isaiah 26:13 O LORD our God, other lords beside you have had dominion over us: …

Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue …

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