Romans 6:16
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English Standard Version
Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?

King James Bible
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

American Standard Version
Know ye not, that to whom ye present yourselves as'servants unto obedience, his servants ye are whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are whom you obey, whether it be of sin unto death, or of obedience unto justice.

English Revised Version
Know ye not, that to whom ye present yourselves as servants unto obedience, his servants ye are whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Webster's Bible Translation
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants in obedience, his servants ye are whom ye obey; whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness?

Weymouth New Testament
Do you not know that if you surrender yourselves as bondservants to obey any one, you become the bondservants of him whom you obey, whether the bondservants of Sin (with death as the result)

Romans 6:16 Parallel
Commentary
Vincent's Word Studies

Servants (δούλους)

Every man must choose between two ethical principles. Whichever one he chooses is master, and he is its bond-servant. Compare Matthew 6:24; Matthew 7:18.

Sin unto death - obedience unto righteousness

The antithesis is not direct - sin unto death, obedience unto life; but obedience is the true antithesis of sin, since sin is disobedience, and righteousness is life.

Romans 6:16 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Know. See on

Romans 6:3 Know you not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

to whom.

Romans 6:13 Neither yield you your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin: but yield yourselves to God...

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil to you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom you will serve...

Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one...

John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin.

2 Peter 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome...

whether of sin.

Romans 6:12,17,19-23 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof...

Cross References
Genesis 4:7
If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it."

John 8:34
Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.

Romans 6:13
Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.

Romans 6:20
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.

Romans 6:21
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.

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

Romans 11:2
God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel?

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