Romans 5:7
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English Standard Version
For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—

King James Bible
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

American Standard Version
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: for peradventure for the good man some one would even dare to die.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For scarce for a just man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man some one would dare to die.

English Revised Version
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: for peradventure for the good man some one would even dare to die.

Webster's Bible Translation
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet perhaps for a good man some would even dare to die.

Weymouth New Testament
Why, it is scarcely conceivable that any one would die for a simply just man, although for a good and lovable man perhaps some one, here and there, will have the courage even to lay down his life.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Righteous - good (δικαίου - ἀγαθοῦ)

The distinction is: δίκαιος is simply right or just; doing all that law or justice requires; ἀγαθός is benevolent, kind, generous. The righteous man does what he ought, and gives to every one his due. The good man "does as much as ever he can, and proves his moral quality by promoting the wellbeing of him with whom he has to do." Ἀγαθός always includes a corresponding beneficent relation of the subject of it to another subject; an establishment of a communion and exchange of life; while δίκαιος only expresses a relation to the purely objective δίκη right. Bengel says: "δίκαιος, indefinitely, implies an innocent man; ὁ ἀγαθός one perfect in all that piety demands; excellent, honorable, princely, blessed; for example, the father of his country."

Therefore, according to Paul, though one would hardly die for the merely upright or strictly just man who commands respect, he might possibly die for the noble, beneficent man, who calls out affection. The article is omitted with righteous, and supplied with good - the good man, pointing to such a case as a rare and special exception.

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scarcely.

John 15:13 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.

a good.

2 Samuel 18:27 And the watchman said, Me thinks the running of the foremost is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And the king said...

Psalm 112:5 A good man shows favor, and lends: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

Acts 11:24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added to the Lord.

some.

Romans 16:4 Who have for my life laid down their own necks: to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.

2 Samuel 18:3 But the people answered, You shall not go forth: for if we flee away, they will not care for us; neither if half of us die...

2 Samuel 23:14-17 And David was then in an hold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem...

Cross References
Matthew 13:15
For this people's heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.'

John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Romans 5:6
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

Romans 5:8
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

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