Romans 2:18
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English Standard Version
and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law;

King James Bible
And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;

American Standard Version
and knowest his will, and approvest the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And knowest his will, and approvest the more profitable things, being instructed by the law,

English Revised Version
and knowest his will, and approvest the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law,

Webster's Bible Translation
And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law,

Weymouth New Testament
and know the supreme will, and can test things that differ--being a man who receives instruction from the Law--

Romans 2:18 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

The things that are more excellent (τὰ διαφέροντα)

This may be the meaning, and it is adopted by Rev. with the proper omission of more. But it may also mean the things which differ; in which case we shall render provest instead of approvest. The sense will then be: thou dost test with nice discrimination questions of casuistry. Compare Philippians 1:10. The latter interpretation seems preferable, being borne out by the succeeding being instructed.

Being instructed (κατηχούμενος)

Systematically through catechetical and synagoguic instruction. See on Luke 1:4. This formal instruction is the basis of the critical discrimination.

Romans 2:18 Parallel Commentaries

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knowest.

Deuteronomy 4:8 And what nation is there so great, that has statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?

Nehemiah 9:13,14 You came down also on mount Sinai, and spoke with them from heaven, and gave them right judgments, and true laws...

Psalm 147:19,20 He shows his word to Jacob, his statutes and his judgments to Israel...

Luke 12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will...

John 13:17 If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.

1 Corinthians 8:1,2 Now as touching things offered to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but charity edifies...

James 4:17 Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin.

approves the things that are more excellent. or, triest the things that differ.

Philippians 1:10 That you may approve things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ.

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1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age...

being instructed.

Romans 15:4 For whatever things were written aforetime were written for our learning...

Psalm 19:8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

Psalm 119:98-100,104,105,130 You through your commandments have made me wiser than my enemies: for they are ever with me...

Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

2 Timothy 3:15-17 And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures...

Cross References
Luke 1:4
that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.

Romans 2:19
and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness,

Philippians 1:10
so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,

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