Romans 3:3
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English Standard Version
What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God?

King James Bible
For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

American Standard Version
For what if some were without faith? shall their want of faith make of none effect the faithfulness of God?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For what if some of them have not believed? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid.

English Revised Version
For what if some were without faith? shall their want of faith make of none effect the faithfulness of God?

Webster's Bible Translation
For what if some did not believe? will their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

Weymouth New Testament
For what if some Jews have proved unfaithful? Shall their faithlessness render God's faithfulness worthless?

Romans 3:3 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Did not believe (ἠπίστησαν)

Rev., were without faith. Not, as some, were unfaithful, which is contrary to New Testament usage. See Mark 16:11, Mark 16:16; Luke 24:11, Luke 24:41; Acts 28:24; Romans 4:20, etc. The Rev. rendering is preferable, as bringing out the paronomasia between the Greek words: were without faith; their want of faith; the faithfulness of God.

Faith of God

Better, as Rev., faithfulness; the good faith of God; His fidelity to His promises. For this sense see on Matthew 23:23. Compare Titus 2:10, and see on faithful, 1 John 1:9; see on Revelation 1:5; see on Revelation 3:14. Compare 1 Corinthians 1:9; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Corinthians 1:18.

Make without effect (καταργήσει)

See on Luke 13:7. The word occurs twenty-five times in Paul, and is variously rendered in A.V. make void, destroy, loose, bring to nought, fail, vanish away, put away, put down, abolish, cease. The radical meaning is to make inert or idle. Dr. Morison acutely observes that it negatives the idea of agency or operation, rather than of result or effect. It is rather to make inefficient than to make without effect. So in Luke 13:7, why should the tree be allowed to make the ground idle? 1 Corinthians 13:8, prophecies shall fail, or have no more work to do. 2 Timothy 1:10 Christ abolished death. There is no more work for it. Romans 6:6, the body of sin is rendered inactive. Romans 3:31, Do we deprive the law of its work - render it a dead letter?

Romans 3:3 Parallel Commentaries

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if some.

Romans 9:6 Not as though the word of God has taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:

Romans 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias said, Lord, who has believed our report?

Romans 11:1-7 I say then, Has God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin...

Hebrews 4:2 For to us was the gospel preached, as well as to them: but the word preached did not profit them...

shall.

Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: has he said, and shall he not do it?...

1 Samuel 15:29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.

Isaiah 54:9,10 For this is as the waters of Noah to me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth...

Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please...

Isaiah 65:15,16 And you shall leave your name for a curse to my chosen: for the Lord GOD shall slay you, and call his servants by another name...

Jeremiah 33:24-26 Consider you not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families which the LORD has chosen, he has even cast them off...

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

2 Timothy 2:13 If we believe not, yet he stays faithful: he cannot deny himself.

Hebrews 6:13-18 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he swore by himself...

faith.

Psalm 84:7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appears before God.

John 1:16 And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory...

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brothers, as it is meet, because that your faith grows exceedingly...

Titus 1:1,2 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect...

Cross References
Romans 10:16
But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?"

2 Timothy 2:13
if we are faithless, he remains faithful-- for he cannot deny himself.

Hebrews 4:2
For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.

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