Romans 2:18
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New International Version
if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law;

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

Darby Bible Translation
and knowest the will, and discerningly approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;

World English Bible
and know his will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law,

Young's Literal Translation
and dost know the will, and dost approve the distinctions, being instructed out of the law,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Knowest his will - Hast been favored with a revelation of his own will, immediately from himself.

The things that are more excellent - τα δισφεροντα, The things that differ - that revelation which God has given of himself makes the nicest distinctions between right and wrong; between vice and virtue; showing how you should walk so as to please God, and, consequently, acquire the most excellent portion that human spirits can have on this side heaven: for all these blessings ye acknowledge to receive from your law, being instructed, κατηχουμενος, being catechized, from your infancy, in the knowledge of Divine things.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


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.


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...

September the Tenth Criticism and Piety
"Thinkest thou, that judgest them that do such things, that thou shalt escape?" --ROMANS ii. 1-11. That is always my peril, to assume that by being severe with others I exculpate myself. I go on to the bench, and deliver sentence upon my brother, when my proper place is in the dock. And this is the subtlety of the snare, that I regard my criticisms and condemnations of other people as signs of my own innocence. This is the last refinement in temptation, and multitudes fall before its power. The
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

Coming Judgment of the Secrets of Men
"Should all the forms that men devise Assult my faith with treacherous art, I'd call them vanity and lies, And bind the gospel to my heart." Is not this word "my gospel" the voice of love? Does he not by this word embrace the gospel as the only love of his soul--for the sake of which he had suffered the loss of all things, and did count them but dung--for the sake of which he was willing to stand before Nero, and proclaim, even in Caesar's palace, the message from heaven? Though each word should
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 31: 1885

"If So be that the Spirit of God Dwell in You. Now if any Man have not the Spirit of Christ, He is None of His. "
Rom. viii. 9.--"If so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." "But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth?" 2 Chron. vi. 18. It was the wonder of one of the wisest of men, and indeed, considering his infinite highness above the height of heavens, his immense and incomprehensible greatness, that the heaven of heavens cannot contain him, and then the baseness, emptiness, and worthlessness of man, it may be a wonder to the
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

"If we Say that we have not Sinned, we Make Him a Liar, and his Word is not in Us. "
1 John i. 10.--"If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." There is nothing in which religion more consists than in the true and unfeigned knowledge of ourselves. The heathens supposed that sentence, {GREEK SMALL LETTER GAMMA}{GREEK SMALL LETTER NU}{GREEK SMALL LETTER OMEGA}{GREEK SMALL LETTER THETA}{GREEK SMALL LETTER IOTA} {GREEK SMALL LETTER SIGMA}{GREEK SMALL LETTER EPSILON}{GREEK SMALL LETTER ALPHA}{GREEK SMALL LETTER TAU}{GREEK SMALL LETTER OMICRON}{GREEK
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

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

Romans 2:19
if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark,

Philippians 1:10
so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,

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