Romans 6:21
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New International Version
What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death!

New Living Translation
And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom.

English Standard Version
But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.

Berean Study Bible
What fruit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? The outcome of those things is death.

Berean Literal Bible
What fruit, therefore, did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death.

King James Bible
What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So what fruit was produced then from the things you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death.

International Standard Version
What benefit did you get from doing those things you are now ashamed of? For those things resulted in death.

NET Bible
So what benefit did you then reap from those things that you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death.

New Heart English Bible
What fruit then did you have at that time in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And what fruit did you have then, of which today you are ashamed? For its result is death.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
What did you gain by doing those things? You're ashamed of what you used to do because it ended in death.

New American Standard 1977
Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death.

Jubilee Bible 2000
What fruit had ye then in those things of which ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

King James 2000 Bible
What fruit had you then in those things of which you are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

American King James Version
What fruit had you then in those things whereof you are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

American Standard Version
What fruit then had ye at that time in the things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

Douay-Rheims Bible
What fruit therefore had you then in those things, of which you are now ashamed? For the end of them is death.

Darby Bible Translation
What fruit therefore had ye then in the things of which ye are now ashamed? for the end of them [is] death.

English Revised Version
What fruit then had ye at that time in the things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

Webster's Bible Translation
What fruit had ye then in those things of which ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

Weymouth New Testament
At that time, then, what benefit did you get from conduct which you now regard with shame? Why, such things finally result in death.

World English Bible
What fruit then did you have at that time in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.

Young's Literal Translation
what fruit, therefore, were ye having then, in the things of which ye are now ashamed? for the end of those is death.
Study Bible
The Wages of Sin
20For when you were slaves to sin, you were free of obligation to righteousness. 21What fruit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? The outcome of those things is death. 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the fruit you reap leads to holiness, and the outcome is eternal life.…
Cross References
Job 33:27
"He will sing to men and say, 'I have sinned and perverted what is right, And it is not proper for me.

Proverbs 14:12
There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

Jeremiah 12:13
"They have sown wheat and have reaped thorns, They have strained themselves to no profit. But be ashamed of your harvest Because of the fierce anger of the LORD."

Ezekiel 16:63
so that you may remember and be ashamed and never open your mouth anymore because of your humiliation, when I have forgiven you for all that you have done," the Lord GOD declares.

Romans 1:32
Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things are worthy of death, they not only continue to do these things, but also approve of those who practice them.

Romans 5:12
Therefore, 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.

Romans 6:16
Do you not know that when you offer yourselves as obedient slaves, you are slaves to the one you obey, whether you are slaves to sin leading to death, or to obedience leading to righteousness?

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 7:5
For when we lived according to the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the Law were at work in our bodies, bearing fruit for death.

Romans 8:6
The mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace,
Treasury of Scripture

What fruit had you then in those things whereof you are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

What.

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

Proverbs 1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled …

Proverbs 5:10-13 Lest strangers be filled with your wealth; and your labors be in …

Proverbs 9:17,18 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant…

Isaiah 3:10 Say you to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they …

Jeremiah 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every …

Jeremiah 44:20-24 Then Jeremiah said to all the people, to the men, and to the women, …

Galatians 6:7,8 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that …

whereof.

Ezra 9:6 And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to …

Job 40:4 Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer you? I will lay my hand on my mouth.

Job 42:6 Why I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

Jeremiah 3:3 Therefore the showers have been withheld, and there has been no latter …

Jeremiah 8:12 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? no, they were …

Jeremiah 31:19 Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was …

Ezekiel 16:61-63 Then you shall remember your ways, and be ashamed, when you shall …

Ezekiel 36:31,32 Then shall you remember your own evil ways, and your doings that …

Ezekiel 43:11 And if they be ashamed of all that they have done, show them the …

Daniel 9:7,8 O LORD, righteousness belongs to you, but to us confusion of faces, …

Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, …

Luke 15:17-21 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of …

2 Corinthians 7:11 For behold this selfsame thing, that you sorrowed after a godly sort, …

1 John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, …

for the.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life …

Romans 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things …

Deuteronomy 17:6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that …

Deuteronomy 21:22 And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be …

2 Samuel 12:5-7 And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said …

1 Kings 2:26 And to Abiathar the priest said the king, Get you to Anathoth, to …

Psalm 73:17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end thereof are …

Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof are …

Philippians 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory …

Hebrews 6:8 But that which bears thorns and briers is rejected, and is near to …

Hebrews 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose you, shall he be thought worthy, …

James 1:15 Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when …

James 5:20 Let him know, that he which converts the sinner from the error of …

1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: …

Revelation 16:6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and you have …

Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

(21) For.--(You had no fruit) for. &c. Some put the question at "then." "What fruit had ye therefore (omitted in the Authorised version) at that time? Things of which ye are now ashamed; for their end is death." But the construction of the Authorised version is probably best.

What fruit had ye then in those things?.... That is, what profit, pleasure, satisfaction, or comfort, had ye in the commission of sin? Sin yields no real profit to the servants of it. If a man, by sinful practices, could amass together the riches of the Indies, or gain the whole world, yet if his soul is lost thereby, what advantage would it be to him? he would be infinitely the loser by it; nor would all his wealth and riches profit him in the day of God's wrath and righteous judgment: nor is there any true pleasure in sin; persons may imagine within themselves they enjoy a real pleasure whilst they are serving divers lusts; but this is but imaginary, it is not real; and this imaginary pleasure is but for a season; it issues in bitterness and death: nor is there any satisfaction in it; when men have endeavoured to gratify their carnal lusts and sensual appetites in every way that can be devised, they still remain as they were; nor can they reflect with real satisfaction, and without some slinging remorse, upon the methods they have pursued to gain it: nor is there any true honour in sin, nothing but what is scandalous and disgraceful to human nature; shame, sooner or later, is the fruit of sin:

whereof ye are now ashamed; some men may be indeed for the present so hardened as not to blush and be ashamed at the commission of the vilest sins; such are they who have no sense of sin, have no fear of God, or regard to men; and so sin openly, and without any guise, glory in it, and make their boast of it: but when persons are wrought upon by the Spirit of God, they are ashamed of sin; which might be exemplified in the case of Adam and Eve, of Ephraim, of the prodigal son, and of the poor publican; the reason is, because light is struck into their hearts; and this makes manifest the odious and detestable nature of sin; sin is hereby seen in its own proper colours, as exceeding sinful, loathsome, and abominable: besides, the grace and goodness of God are discovered in the forgiveness of it; and the glory of God's purity and holiness, and the beauty and loveliness of Christ, are discerned by such persons; all which have a tendency to make them ashamed of sin, out of love with it, and to abhor it: and a good thing it is to be brought to be ashamed of sin here; for such who are not ashamed of it here, shall be brought to everlasting shame and confusion hereafter. Nay, this is not all; not only shame will be the fruit of sin, but it will also issue in death:

for the, end of those things is death: the profit, the reward, and wages of them is death: sin not only brings a spiritual or moral death on persons, on all the powers and faculties of their souls, and is followed with a corporeal death; but if grace prevent not, it will end in an eternal one; for however right and good the ways of sin may seem to the carnal mind, "the end thereof are the ways of death" (#Pr 14:12 16:25). 21. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death—What permanent advantage, and what abiding satisfaction, have those things yielded? The apostle answers his own question:—"Abiding satisfaction, did I ask? They have left only a sense of 'shame.' Permanent advantage? 'The end of them is death.'" By saying they were "now ashamed," he makes it plain that he is not referring to that disgust at themselves, and remorse of conscience by which those who are the most helplessly "sold under sin" are often stung to the quick; but that ingenuous feeling of self-reproach, which pierces and weighs down the children of God, as they think of the dishonor which their past life did to His name, the ingratitude it displayed, the violence it did to their own conscience, its deadening and degrading effects, and the death—"the second death"—to which it was dragging them down, when mere Grace arrested them. (On the sense of "death" here, see on [2207]Ro 5:12-21, Note 3, and [2208]Ro 6:16: see also Re 21:8—The change proposed in the pointing of this verse: "What fruit had ye then? things whereof ye are now ashamed" [Luther, Tholuck, De Wette, Philippi, Alford, etc.], seems unnatural and uncalled for. The ordinary pointing has at least powerful support [Chrysostom, Calvin, Beza, Grotius, Bengel, Stuart, Fritzsche]).6:21-23 The pleasure and profit of sin do not deserve to be called fruit. Sinners are but ploughing iniquity, sowing vanity, and reaping the same. Shame came into the world with sin, and is still the certain effect of it. The end of sin is death. Though the way may seem pleasant and inviting, yet it will be bitterness in the latter end. From this condemnation the believer is set at liberty, when made free from sin. If the fruit is unto holiness, if there is an active principle of true and growing grace, the end will be everlasting life; a very happy end! Though the way is up-hill, though it is narrow, thorny, and beset, yet everlasting life at the end of it is sure. The gift of God is eternal life. And this gift is through Jesus Christ our Lord. Christ purchased it, prepared it, prepares us for it, preserves us to it; he is the All in all in our salvation.
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