Romans 5:7
New International Version
Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.

New Living Translation
Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good.

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

Berean Study Bible
It is rare indeed for anyone to die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.

Berean Literal Bible
For rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though on behalf of the good man perhaps someone would even dare to die.

New American Standard Bible
For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone 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.

Christian Standard Bible
For rarely will someone die for a just person--though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die.

Contemporary English Version
No one is really willing to die for an honest person, though someone might be willing to die for a truly good person.

Good News Translation
It is a difficult thing for someone to die for a righteous person. It may even be that someone might dare to die for a good person.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For rarely will someone die for a just person--though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die.

International Standard Version
For it is rare for anyone to die for a righteous person, though somebody might be brave enough to die for a good person.

NET Bible
(For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps someone might possibly dare to die.)

New Heart English Bible
For rarely does one die for the righteous. Yet perhaps for a good person someone might dare to die.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For a man will hardly die for the sake of the wicked, however a man perhaps may dare to die for the sake of the good.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Finding someone who would die for a godly person is rare. Maybe someone would have the courage to die for a good person.

New American Standard 1977
For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die, yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

King James 2000 Bible
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet perhaps for a good man some would even dare to die.

American King James Version
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.

Darby Bible Translation
For scarcely for [the] just [man] will one die, for perhaps for [the] good [man] some one might also 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.

World English Bible
For one will hardly die for a righteous man. Yet perhaps for a righteous person someone would even dare to die.

Young's Literal Translation
for scarcely for a righteous man will any one die, for for the good man perhaps some one also doth dare to die;
Study Bible
Christ's Sacrifice for the Ungodly
6For at just the right time, while we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7It is rare indeed for anyone to die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:15
For this people's heart has grown callous; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn, and I would heal them.'

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

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

Romans 5:8
But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Treasury of Scripture

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

scarcely.

John 15:13
Greater love hath 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 brethren.

a good.

2 Samuel 18:27
And the watchman said, Me thinketh the running of the foremost is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And the king said, He is a good man, and cometh with good tidings.

Psalm 112:5
A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: 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 unto the Lord.

some.

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

2 Samuel 18:3
But the people answered, Thou shalt not go forth: for if we flee away, they will not care for us; neither if half of us die, will they care for us: but now thou art worth ten thousand of us: therefore now it is better that thou succour us out of the city.

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







Lexicon
[It is] rare
μόλις (molis)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3433: With difficulty, hardly, scarcely. Probably by variation for mogis; with difficulty.

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

[for] anyone
τις (tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

to die
ἀποθανεῖται (apothaneitai)
Verb - Future Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 599: To be dying, be about to die, wither, decay. From apo and thnesko; to die off.

for
ὑπὲρ (hyper)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 5228: Gen: in behalf of; acc: above.

a righteous [man],
δικαίου (dikaiou)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1342: From dike; equitable; by implication, innocent, holy.

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

for
ὑπὲρ (hyper)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 5228: Gen: in behalf of; acc: above.

a good [man]
ἀγαθοῦ (agathou)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 18: A primary word; 'good'.

someone
τις (tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

{might} possibly
τάχα (tacha)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5029: Quickly, presently, perhaps. As if neuter plural of tachus; shortly, i.e. possibly.

dare
τολμᾷ (tolma)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 5111: To dare, endure, be bold, have courage, make up the mind. From tolma; to venture; by implication, to be courageous.

to die.
ἀποθανεῖν (apothanein)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 599: To be dying, be about to die, wither, decay. From apo and thnesko; to die off.
(7-8) What makes the sacrifice of Christ so paradoxical is that it was undergone for sinners. Even for a righteous man it is rare enough to find another who will be ready to lay down his life. Yet some such persons there are. The one thing which is most extraordinary in the death of Christ, and which most tends to throw into relief the love of God as displayed in it, is that He died for men as sinners, and at the very moment when they were sinning all around Him.

(7) Yet peradventure.--The true reading is, undoubtedly, for peradventure.

For a good man.--Literally, for the good (man), i.e., for the good man in question, the righteous man mentioned above. It would be possible to take the phrase "for the good" as neuter rather than masculine, and to understand by it "in a good cause." It would be possible also to give to the word translated "good" the special meaning of "benefactor"--"a man might be found to die for his benefactor." But if this had been intended, it might have been more clearly expressed, and upon the whole it seems best to take the passage as it is taken in the English version. There is a slight distinction in the Greek, as in English, between the words translated "righteous" and "good." To be "righteous" is to direct the will in obedience to an external standard; to be "good" is to have a natural goodness, especially kindness or benevolence of disposition. But this distinction is not insisted upon here. The two words are used almost convertibly.

5:6-11 Christ died for sinners; not only such as were useless, but such as were guilty and hateful; such that their everlasting destruction would be to the glory of God's justice. Christ died to save us, not in our sins, but from our sins; and we were yet sinners when he died for us. Nay, the carnal mind is not only an enemy to God, but enmity itself, chap. 8:7; Col 1:21. But God designed to deliver from sin, and to work a great change. While the sinful state continues, God loathes the sinner, and the sinner loathes God, Zec 11:8. And that for such as these Christ should die, is a mystery; no other such an instance of love is known, so that it may well be the employment of eternity to adore and wonder at it. Again; what idea had the apostle when he supposed the case of some one dying for a righteous man? And yet he only put it as a thing that might be. Was it not the undergoing this suffering, that the person intended to be benefitted might be released therefrom? But from what are believers in Christ released by his death? Not from bodily death; for that they all do and must endure. The evil, from which the deliverance could be effected only in this astonishing manner, must be more dreadful than natural death. There is no evil, to which the argument can be applied, except that which the apostle actually affirms, sin, and wrath, the punishment of sin, determined by the unerring justice of God. And if, by Divine grace, they were thus brought to repent, and to believe in Christ, and thus were justified by the price of his bloodshedding, and by faith in that atonement, much more through Him who died for them and rose again, would they be kept from falling under the power of sin and Satan, or departing finally from him. The living Lord of all, will complete the purpose of his dying love, by saving all true believers to the uttermost. Having such a pledge of salvation in the love of God through Christ, the apostle declared that believers not only rejoiced in the hope of heaven, and even in their tribulations for Christ's sake, but they gloried in God also, as their unchangeable Friend and all-sufficient Portion, through Christ only.
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