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Romans 2:26

    Romans 2:26 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    If therefore the uncircumcision keep the ordinances of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be reckoned for circumcision?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    If those who have not circumcision keep the rules of the law, will it not be credited to them as circumcision?

    Webster's Revision

    If therefore the uncircumcision keep the ordinances of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be reckoned for circumcision?

    World English Bible

    If therefore the uncircumcised keep the ordinances of the law, won't his uncircumcision be accounted as circumcision?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    If therefore the uncircumcision keep the ordinances of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be reckoned for circumcision?

    Clarke's Commentary on Romans 2:26

    Therefore if the uncircumcision, etc. - If the Gentile be found to act according to the spirit and design of the law, his acting thus uprightly, according to the light which God has afforded him, will be reckoned to him as if he were circumcised and walked agreeably to the law.

    Barnes' Notes on Romans 2:26

    Therefore, if the uncircumcision - If those who are not circumcised, that is, the pagan.

    Keep the righteousness of the law - Keep what the Law of Moses commands. It could not be supposed that a pagan would understand the requirements of the ceremonial law; but reference is had here to the moral law. The apostle does not expressly affirm that this was ever done; but he supposes the case, to show the true nature and value of the rites of the Jews.

    Shall not his uncircumcision - Or, shall the fact that he is uncircumcised stand in the way of the acceptance of his services? Or, shall he not as certainly and as readily be accepted by God as if he were a Jew? Or in other words, the apostle teaches the doctrine that acceptance with God does not depend on a man's external privileges, but on the state of the heart and life.

    Be counted for circumcision - Shall he not be treated as if he were circumcised? Shall his being uncircumcised be any barrier in the way of his acceptance with God? The word rendered "be counted," is what is commonly rendered "to reckon, to impute"; and its use here shows that the Scripture use of the word is not to transfer, or to charge with what is not deserved, or not true. It means simply that a man shall be treated as if it were so; that this lack of circumcision shall be no bar to acceptance. There is nothing set over to his account; nothing transferred; nothing reckoned different from what it is. God judges things as they are; and as the man, though uncircumcised, who keeps the Law, ought to be treated as if he had been circumcised, so he who believes in Christ agreeably to the divine promise, and trusts to his merits alone for salvation, ought to be treated as if he were himself righteous, God judges the thing as it is, and treats people as it is proper to treat them, as being pardoned and accepted through his Son.

    Wesley's Notes on Romans 2:26

    2:26 If the uncircumcision - That is, a person uncircumcised. Keep the law - Walk agreeably to it. Shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision - In the sight of God?