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Romans 6:14

    Romans 6:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under law, but under grace.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For sin may not have rule over you: because you are not under law, but under grace.

    Webster's Revision

    For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under law, but under grace.

    World English Bible

    For sin will not have dominion over you. For you are not under law, but under grace.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under law, but under grace.

    Definitions for Romans 6:14

    Grace - Kindness; favor.

    Clarke's Commentary on Romans 6:14

    Sin shall not have dominion over you - God delivers you from it; and if you again become subject to it, it will be the effect of your own choice or negligence.

    Ye are not under the law - That law which exacts obedience, without giving power to obey; that condemns every transgression and every unholy thought without providing for the extirpation of evil or the pardon of sin.

    But under grace - Ye are under the merciful and beneficent dispensation of the Gospel, that, although it requires the strictest conformity to the will of God, affords sufficient power to be thus conformed; and, in the death of Christ, has provided pardon for all that is past, and grace to help in every time of need.

    Barnes' Notes on Romans 6:14

    For sin ... - The propensity or inclination to sin.

    Shall not have dominion - Shall not reign, Romans 5:12; Romans 6:6. This implies that sin ought not to have this dominion; and it also expresses the conviction of the apostle that it would not have this rule over Christians.

    For we are not under law - We who are Christians are not subject to that law where sin is excited, and where it rages unsubdued. But it may be asked here, What is meant by this declaration? Does it mean that Christians are absolved from all the obligations of the law? Ianswer,

    (1) The apostle does not affirm that Christians are not bound to obey the moral law. The whole scope of his reasoning shows that he maintains that they are. The whole structure of Christianity supposes the same thing; compare Matthew 5:17-19.

    (2) the apostle means to say that Christians are not under the law as legalists, or as attempting to be justified by it. They seek a different plan of justification altogether: and they do not attempt to be justified by their own obedience. The Jews did; they do not.

    (3) it is implied here that the effect of an attempt to be justified by the Law was not to subdue sins, but to excite them and to lead to indulgence in them.

    Justification by works would destroy no sin, would check no evil propensity, but would leave a man to all the ravages and riotings of unsubdued passion. If, therefore, the apostle had maintained that people were justified by works, he could not have consistently exhorted them to abandon their sins. He would have had no powerful motives by which to urge it; for the scheme would not lead to it. But he here says that the Christian was seeking justification on a plan which contemplated and which accomplished the destruction of sin; and he therefore infers that sin should not have dominion over them.

    But under grace - Under a scheme of mercy, the design and tendency of which is to subdue sin, and destroy it. In what way the system of grace removes and destroys sin, the apostle states in the following verses.

    Wesley's Notes on Romans 6:14

    6:14 Sin shall not have dominion over you - It has neither right nor power. For ye are not under the law - A dispensation of terror and bondage, which only shows sin, without enabling you to conquer it. But under grace - Under the merciful dispensation of the gospel, which brings complete victory over it to every one who is under the powerful influences of the Spirit of Christ.