Romans 3:20
New International Version
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God's sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

New Living Translation
For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.

English Standard Version
For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

Berean Study Bible
Therefore no one will be justified in His sight by works of the Law. For the Law merely brings awareness of sin.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore by works of the Law, not any flesh will be justified before Him; for through the Law is knowledge of sin.

New American Standard Bible
because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.

King James Bible
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Christian Standard Bible
For no one will be justified in his sight by the works of the law, because the knowledge of sin comes through the law.

Contemporary English Version
God doesn't accept people simply because they obey the Law. No, indeed! All the Law does is to point out our sin.

Good News Translation
For no one is put right in God's sight by doing what the Law requires; what the Law does is to make us know that we have sinned.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For no one will be justified in His sight by the works of the law, because the knowledge of sin comes through the law.

International Standard Version
Therefore, God will not justify any human being by means of the actions prescribed by the Law, for through the Law comes the full knowledge of sin.

NET Bible
For no one is declared righteous before him by the works of the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.

New Heart English Bible
Because by the works of the law, no flesh will be justified in his sight. For through the law comes the knowledge of sin.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because by works of The Written Law no one is justified before him, for by The Written Law sin has been made known.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Not one person can have God's approval by following Moses' Teachings. Moses' Teachings show what sin is.

New American Standard 1977
because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For by the deeds of the law, no flesh shall be justified in his sight; for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

American King James Version
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

American Standard Version
because by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified in his sight; for through the law cometh the knowledge of sin.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified before him. For by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore by works of law no flesh shall be justified before him; for by law [is] knowledge of sin.

English Revised Version
because by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for through the law cometh the knowledge of sin.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore by the deeds of the law, there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Weymouth New Testament
For on the ground of obedience to Law no man living will be declared righteous before Him. Law simply brings a sure knowledge of sin.

World English Bible
Because by the works of the law, no flesh will be justified in his sight. For through the law comes the knowledge of sin.

Young's Literal Translation
wherefore by works of law shall no flesh be declared righteous before Him, for through law is a knowledge of sin.
Study Bible
There is No One Righteous
19Now we know that whatever the Law says, it says to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20Therefore no one will be justified in His sight by works of the Law. For the Law merely brings awareness of sin. 21But now, apart from the Law, the righteousness of God has been revealed, as attested by the Law and the Prophets.…
Cross References
Psalm 143:2
Do not bring Your servant into judgment, for no one alive is righteous before You.

Acts 13:39
Through Him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the Law of Moses.

Romans 3:28
For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.

Romans 4:15
because the Law brings wrath. And where there is no law, there is no transgression.

Romans 5:13
For sin was in the world before the Law was given; but sin is not taken into account when there is no law.

Romans 5:20
The Law was given so that the trespass would increase; but where sin increased, grace increased all the more,

Romans 7:7
What then shall we say? Is the Law sin? By no means! Indeed, I would not have been mindful of sin if not for the Law. For I would not have been aware of coveting if the Law had not said, "Do not covet."

Romans 7:8
But sin, seizing its opportunity through the commandment, produced in me every kind of covetous desire. For apart from the Law, sin is dead.

Romans 7:11
For sin, seizing its opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through the commandment put me to death.

1 Corinthians 15:56
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the Law.

Galatians 2:16
know that a man is not justified by works of the Law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the Law, because by works of the Law no one will be justified.

Hebrews 7:19
(for the Law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.

Treasury of Scripture

Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Therefore.

Romans 3:28
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Romans 2:13
(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

Romans 4:13
For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

no flesh.

Job 25:4
How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?

Psalm 130:3
If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

Psalm 143:2
And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

in his sight.

Job 15:15
Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.

Job 25:5
Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight.

for by the.

Romans 7:7-9
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet…

Galatians 2:19
For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.







Lexicon
Therefore
διότι (dioti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1360: On this account, because, for. From dia and hoti; on the very account that, or inasmuch as.

no
οὐ (ou)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

one
πᾶσα (pasa)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

will be justified
δικαιωθήσεται (dikaiōthēsetai)
Verb - Future Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1344: From dikaios; to render just or innocent.

in His sight
ἐνώπιον (enōpion)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1799: Neuter of a compound of en and a derivative of optanomai; in the face of.

by
ἐξ (ex)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

works
ἔργων (ergōn)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 2041: From a primary ergo; toil; by implication, an act.

of the Law.
νόμου (nomou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3551: From a primary nemo; law, genitive case, specially, (including the volume); also of the Gospel), or figuratively.

For
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

[the] Law
νόμου (nomou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3551: From a primary nemo; law, genitive case, specially, (including the volume); also of the Gospel), or figuratively.

merely brings
διὰ (dia)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

awareness
ἐπίγνωσις (epignōsis)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1922: From epiginosko; recognition, i.e. full discernment, acknowledgement.

of sin.
ἁμαρτίας (hamartias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 266: From hamartano; a sin.
(20) Therefore.--Rather, because. All mankind alike owe the penalty for their sins. Because not even the Law can protect its votaries. It has no power to justify. All it can do is to expose in its true colours the sinfulness of sin.

The proposition is thrown into a general form: not by the works of the (Jewish) Law, but by "works of law"--i.e., by any works done in obedience to any law. Law, in the abstract, as such, is unable to justify. It might perhaps, we gather from later portions of the Epistle, if men could really keep it, but no law can be kept strictly and entirely.

Knowledge of sin.--"Full and thorough knowledge."

In the state anterior to law, man is not supposed to know what is sinful and what is not. Conscience, gradually developed, comes in to give him some insight into the distinction, but the full knowledge of right and wrong, in all its details, is reserved for the introduction of positive law. Law has, however, only this enlightening faculty; it holds the mirror up to guilt, but it cannot remove it.

3:19,20 It is in vain to seek for justification by the works of the law. All must plead guilty. Guilty before God, is a dreadful word; but no man can be justified by a law which condemns him for breaking it. The corruption in our nature, will for ever stop any justification by our own works.
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