Romans 3:6
New International Version
Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world?

New Living Translation
Of course not! If God were not entirely fair, how would he be qualified to judge the world?

English Standard Version
By no means! For then how could God judge the world?

Berean Study Bible
Certainly not! In that case, how could God judge the world?

Berean Literal Bible
Never may it be! Otherwise, how will God judge the world?

King James Bible
God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?

New King James Version
Certainly not! For then how will God judge the world?

New American Standard Bible
Far from it! For otherwise, how will God judge the world?

NASB 1995
May it never be! For otherwise, how will God judge the world?

NASB 1977
May it never be! For otherwise how will God judge the world?

Amplified Bible
Certainly not! For otherwise, how will God judge the world?

Christian Standard Bible
Absolutely not! Otherwise, how will God judge the world?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Absolutely not! Otherwise, how will God judge the world?

American Standard Version
God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
God forbid! Otherwise, how will God judge the universe?

Contemporary English Version
But the answer is, "No." Otherwise, how could God judge the world?

Douay-Rheims Bible
(I speak according to man.) God forbid: otherwise how shall God judge this world?

English Revised Version
God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?

Good News Translation
By no means! If God is not just, how can he judge the world?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That's unthinkable! Otherwise, how would God be able to judge the world?

International Standard Version
Of course not! Otherwise, how could God judge the world?

Literal Standard Version
Let it not be! Since how will God judge the world?

NET Bible
Absolutely not! For otherwise how could God judge the world?

New Heart English Bible
Absolutely not. For then how will God judge the world?

Weymouth New Testament
No indeed; for in that case how shall He judge all mankind?)

World English Bible
May it never be! For then how will God judge the world?

Young's Literal Translation
let it not be! since how shall God judge the world?

Additional Translations ...
Context
God Remains Faithful
5But if our unrighteousness highlights the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unjust to inflict His wrath on us? I am speaking in human terms. 6 Certainly not! In that case, how could God judge the world? 7However, if my falsehood accentuates God’s truthfulness, to the increase of His glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?…

Cross References
Genesis 18:25
Far be it from You to do such a thing--to kill the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Will not the Judge of all the earth do what is right?"

Luke 20:16
He will come and kill those tenants, and will give the vineyard to others." And when the people heard this, they said, "May such a thing never happen!"

Romans 2:16
on the day when God will judge men's secrets through Christ Jesus, as proclaimed by my gospel.

Romans 3:4
Certainly not! Let God be true and every man a liar. As it is written: "So that You may be proved right when You speak and victorious when You judge."

Romans 3:31
Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Certainly not! Instead, we uphold the law.


Treasury of Scripture

God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?

God forbid.

Romans 3:4
God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

for then.

Genesis 18:25
That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?

Job 8:3
Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice?

Job 34:17-19
Shall even he that hateth right govern? and wilt thou condemn him that is most just? …









(6) For then how shall God judge the world?--St. Paul considers it a sufficient answer merely to propound this question. He and those to whom he was writing all assumed that there must be a future judgment.

The way in which Bishop Butler deals with the argument from necessity is very similar to this, substituting only present for future judgment. "It is fact that God does govern even brute creatures by the method of rewards and punishments in the natural course of things. And men are rewarded and punished for their actions--punished for actions mischievous to society as being so, punished for vicious actions as such--by the natural instrumentality of each other under the present conduct of Providence," &c. Hence the necessitarian is in this dilemma: either his opinion is not true, or else it must be capable of being harmonised with these facts. The facts themselves are postulated.



Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
Absolutely not!
γένοιτο (genoito)
Verb - Aorist Optative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1096: A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. to become, used with great latitude.

In that case,
ἐπεὶ (epei)
Conjunction
Strong's 1893: Of time: when, after; of cause: since, because; otherwise: else. From epi and ei; thereupon, i.e. Since.

how
πῶς (pōs)
Adverb
Strong's 4459: Adverb from the base of pou; an interrogative particle of manner; in what way?; also as exclamation, how much!

{could} God
Θεὸς (Theos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

judge
κρινεῖ (krinei)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2919: Properly, to distinguish, i.e. Decide; by implication, to try, condemn, punish.

the
τὸν (ton)
Article - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

world?
κόσμον (kosmon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2889: Probably from the base of komizo; orderly arrangement, i.e. Decoration; by implication, the world (morally).


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