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Romans 3:7

    Romans 3:7 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For if the truth of God has more abounded through my lie to his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But if the truth of God through my lie abounded unto his glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But if, because I am untrue, God being seen to be true gets more glory, why am I to be judged as a sinner?

    Webster's Revision

    But if the truth of God through my lie abounded unto his glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner?

    World English Bible

    For if the truth of God through my lie abounded to his glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But if the truth of God through my lie abounded unto his glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner?

    Clarke's Commentary on Romans 3:7

    Jew. For if the truth of God, etc. - But to resume my reasoning (Romans 3:5): If the faithfulness of God in keeping his promise made to our fathers is, through our unfaithfulness, made far more glorious than it otherwise would have been, why should we then be blamed for that which must redound so much to the honor of God?

    Barnes' Notes on Romans 3:7

    For if ... - This is an objection similar to the former. It is indeed but another form of the same.

    The truth of God - His truth or faithfulness in adhering to his threatenings. God threatened to punish the guilty. By their guilt he will take occasion to show his own truth; or their crime will furnish occasion for such an exhibition.

    Hath more abounded - Has been more striking, or more manifest. His "truth" will be shown by the fulfillment of all his promises to his people, and of all his predictions. But it will also be shown by fulfilling his threatenings on the guilty. It will, therefore, more abound by their condemnation; that is, their condemnation will furnish new and striking instances or his truth. Every lost sinner will be, therefore, an eternal monument of the truth of God.

    Through my lie - By means of my lie, or as one of the results of my falsehood. The word "lie" here means falsehood, deceitfulness, "unfaithfulness." If by the unfaithfulness of the Jewish people to the covenant, occasion should be given to God to glorify himself, how could they be condemned for it?

    Unto his glory - To his praise, or so as to show his character in such a way as to excite the praise and admiration of his intelligent creation.

    Why yet am I ... - How can that act be regarded as evil, which tends to promote the glory of God? The fault in the reasoning of the objector is this, that he takes for granted that the direct tendency of his conduct is to promote God's glory, whereas it is just the reverse; and it is by God's reversing that tendency, or overruling it, that he obtains his glory. The tendency of murder is not to honor the Law, or to promote the security of society, but just the reverse. Still, his execution shall avert the direct tendency of his crime, and do honor to the law and the judge, and promote the peace and security of the community by restraining others.

    Wesley's Notes on Romans 3:7

    3:7 But, may the objector reply, if the truth of God hath abounded - Has been more abundantly shown. Through my lie - If my lie, that is, practice contrary to truth, conduces to the glory of God, by making his truth shine with superior advantage. Why am I still judged as a sinner - Can this be said to be any sin at all? Ought I not to do what would otherwise be evil, that so much good may come? To this the apostle does not deign to give a direct answer, but cuts the objector short with a severe reproof.