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Romans 15:3

    Romans 15:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached you fell on me.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For Christ also pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell upon me.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For Christ did not give pleasure to himself, but, as it is said, The bitter words of those who were angry with you came on me.

    Webster's Revision

    For Christ also pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell upon me.

    World English Bible

    For even Christ didn't please himself. But, as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For Christ also pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell upon me.

    Clarke's Commentary on Romans 15:3

    For even Christ pleased not himself - Christ never acted as one who sought his own ease or profit; he not only bore with the weakness, but with the insults, of his creatures; as it is written in Psalm 69:9 : The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me - I not only bore their insults, but bore the punishment due to them for their vicious and abominable conduct. That this Psalm refers to the Messiah and his sufferings for mankind is evident, not only from the quotation here, but also from John 19:28, John 19:29, when our Lord's receiving the vinegar during his expiatory suffering is said to be a fulfilling of the scripture, viz. of Psalm 69:21 of this very Psalm; and his cleansing the temple, John 2:15-17, is said to be a fulfillment of Psalm 69:9 : For the zeal of thy house hath eaten me up, the former part of which verse the apostle quotes here.

    Barnes' Notes on Romans 15:3

    For even Christ - The apostle proceeds, in his usual manner, to illustrate what he had said by the example of the Saviour. To a Christian, the example of the Lord Jesus will furnish the most ready, certain, and happy illustration of the nature and extent of his duty.

    Pleased not himself - This is not to be understood as if the Lord Jesus did not voluntarily and cheerfully engage in his great work. He was not "compelled" to come and suffer. Nor is it to be understood as if he did not "approve" the work, or see its propriety and fitness. If he had not, he would never have engaged in its sacrifices and self-denials. But the meaning may be expressed in the following particulars:

    (1) He came to do the will or desire of God in "undertaking" the work of salvation. It was the will of God; it was agreeable to the divine purposes, and the Mediator did not consult his own happiness and honor in heaven, but cheerfully came to "do the will" of God; Psalm 40:7-8; compare Hebrews 10:4-10; Philippians 2:6; John 17:5.

    (2) Christ when on earth, made it his great object to do the will of God, to finish the work which God had given him to do, and not to seek his own comfort and enjoyment. This he expressly affirms; John 6:38; John 5:30.

    (3) he was willing for this to endure whatever trials and pains the will of God might demand, not seeking to avoid them or to shrink from them. See particularly his prayer in the garden; Luke 22:42.

    (4) in his life, he did not seek personal comfort, wealth, or friends, or honors. He denied himself to promote the welfare of others; he was poor that they might be rich; he was in lonely places that he might seek out the needy and provide for them. Nay, he did not seek to preserve his own life when the appointed time came to die, but gave himself up for all.

    (5) there may be another idea which the apostle had here. He bore with patience the ignorance, blindness, erroneous views, and ambitious projects of his disciples. He evinced kindness to them when in error; and was not harsh, censorious, or unkind, when they were filled with vain projects of ambition, or perverted his words, or were dull of apprehension. So says the apostle, "we" ought to do in relation to our brethren.

    But as it is written - Psalm 69:9. This psalm, and the former part of this verse, is referred to the Messiah; compare Romans 15:21, with Matthew 27:34, Matthew 27:48.

    The reproaches - The calumnies, censures, harsh, opprobrious speeches.

    Of them that reproached thee - Of the wicked, who vilified and abused the law and government of God.

    Fell on me - In other words, Christ was willing to suffer reproach and contempt in order to do good to others. tie endured calumny and contempt all his life, from those who by their lips and lives calumniated God, or reproached their Maker. We may learn here,

    (1) That the contempt of Jesus Christ is contempt of him who appointed him.

    (2) we may see the kindness of the Lord Jesus in being willing thus to "throw himself" between the sinner and God; to "intercept," as it were, our sins, and to bear the effects of them in his own person. He stood between "us" and God; and both the reproaches and the divine displeasure due to them, "met" on his sacred person, and produced the sorrows of the atonement - his bitter agony in the garden and on the cross. Jesus thus showed his love of God in being willing to bear the reproaches aimed at him; and his love to "men" in being willing to endure the sufferings necessary to atone for these very sins.

    (3) if Jesus thus bore reproaches, "we" should be willing also to endure them. We suffer in the cause where be has gone before us, and where he has set us the example; and as "he" was abused and vilified, we should be willing to be so also.

    Wesley's Notes on Romans 15:3

    15:3 But bore not only the infirmities, but reproaches, of his brethren; and so fulfilled that scripture. Psa 69:9