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New Living Translation
Romans 3:22

We are made right in God's sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done.

Bible Study Resources

Commentaries:

- Clarke Commentary;   Abbott's New Testament;   Birdgeway Bible Commentary;   Coffman Commentaries;   Barne's Notes;   Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes;   Calvin's Commentary;   Cambridge Greek Testament;   Chuck Smith Commentary;   Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible ;   Constable's Expository Notes;   Daily Study Bible;   Darby's Synopsis;   Dunagan Commentary;   Ellicott's Commentary;   Expositor's Greek Testament;   Family Bible New Testament;   Hole's Commentary;   Meyer's Commentary;   Gaebelein's Annotated;   Morgan's Biblical Exposition;   Gill's Exposition;   Godbey's NT Commentary;   Everett's Study Notes;   Geneva Study Bible;   Alford's Commentary;   Haldane's Commentary on Romans;   Hodge's Commentary;   Meyer's Commentary;   Mahan's Commentary;   The Bible Study New Testament;   Ironside's Notes;   Bengel's Gnomon;   Beet's Commentary on the New Testament;   Commentary Critical and Explanatory;   Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged;   The People's Bible;   Sutcliffe's Commentary;   Trapp's Commentary;   Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible;   Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures;   Grant's Commentary;   Wells of Living Water;   MacLaren's Expositions;   Henry's Complete;   Henry's Concise;   Poole's Annotations;   Pett's Bible Commentary;   Peake's Bible Commentary;   Preacher's Homiletical Commentary;   Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary;   People's New Testament;   Benson's Commentary;   Robertson's Word Pictures;   Sermon Bible;   Schaff's New Testament Commentary;   Horae Homileticae;   Spurgeon's Verse Expositions;   Biblical Illustrator;   Expositor's Bible;   Pulpit Commentaries;   Treasury of Knowledge;   Vincent's Studies;   Wesley's Notes;   Whedon's Commentary;   Newell's Commentary;  

Concordances:

- Nave's Topical Bible - Bigotry;   Boasting;   Catholicity;   Faith;   Grace of God;   Justification;   Law;   Salvation;   Works;   Scofield Reference Index - Justification;   Righteousness;   The Topic Concordance - Belief;   Faith/faithfulness;   Gentiles/heathen;   Israel/jews;   Righteousness;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Faith;   Justification before God;   Righteousness Imputed;  

Dictionaries:

- American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Justificiation;   Righteousness;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Baptism;   Justification;   Law;   Mystery;   Repentance;   Righteousness;   Type, typology;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Condemnation;   Gospel;   Judgment, Day of;   Legalism;   Mediator, Mediation;   Philippians, Theology of;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Calvinists;   Justification;   Man;   Zeal;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Faith;   Sin;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Faith;   Hebrews, the Epistle to the;   Impute;   Justification;   Romans, the Epistle to the;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Acceptance;   God;   Impute, Imputation;   Justification;   Regeneration;   Righteousness;   Romans, Book of;   Security of the Believer;   Sin;   Torah;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Atonement;   Grace;   James, Epistle of;   Justification, Justify;   Romans, Epistle to the;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Atonement;   Death of Christ;   God;   Good;   Grace;   James Epistle of;   Justification;   Justification (2);   Mediation Mediator;   Righteous, Righteousness;   Righteousness;   Romans Epistle to the;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Election,;   Law;   Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types - Skin;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Justification;  

Encyclopedias:

- Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Law of Moses, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Imputation;   Justification;   Peter, Simon;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Saul of Tarsus;  

Devotionals:

- Daily Light on the Daily Path - Devotion for October 17;   Every Day Light - Devotion for October 24;  

Parallel Translations

The Amplified Bible
Namely, the righteousness of God which comes by believing with personal trust and confident reliance on Jesus Christ (the Messiah). [And it is meant] for all who believe. For there is no distinction,

Holman Christian Standard
-- that is, God's righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, to all who believe, since there is no distinction.

Easy-to-Read Version
God makes people right through their faith in Jesus Christ. God does this for all people that believe in Christ. All people are the same.

The Complete Jewish Bible
and it is a righteousness that comes from God, through the faithfulness of Yeshua the Messiah, to all who continue trusting. For it makes no difference whether one is a Jew or a Gentile,

Darby's Translation
righteousness of God by faith of Jesus Christ towards all, and upon all those who believe: for there is no difference;

English Standard Version
the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:

English Revised Version
even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ unto all them that believe; for there is no distinction;

Contemporary English Version
God treats everyone alike. He accepts people only because they have faith in Jesus Christ.

The Bishop's Bible (1568)
The ryghteousnes of God [commeth] by the fayth of Iesus Christe, vnto all and vpon all them that beleue. There is no difference:

American Standard Version
even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ unto all them that believe; for there is no distinction;

Bible in Basic English
That is, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ, to all those who have faith; and one man is not different from another,

The Geneva Bible (1587)
To wit, the righteousnesse of God by the faith of Iesus Christ, vnto all, and vpon all that beleeue.

George Lamsa Translation of the Peshitta
But the righteousness of God is by the faith of Jesus Christ to every one, also to every man who believes in him, for there is no discrimination:

Good News Translation
God puts people right through their faith in Jesus Christ. God does this to all who believe in Christ, because there is no difference at all:

J.P. Green Literal Translation
even the righteousness of God through faith of Jesus Christ toward all and upon all those believing; for there is no difference,

Mace New Testament (1729)
that divine justification, which by faith in Jesus Christ is extended to all, that believe; for there is no distinction:

New American Standard Version
even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction;

New Century Version
God makes people right with himself through their faith in Jesus Christ. This is true for all who believe in Christ, because all people are the same:

King James Version (1611)
Euen the righteousnesse of God, which is by faith of Iesus Christ vnto all, and vpon all them that beleeue: for there is no difference:

New International Version
This righteousness is given through faith in[h] Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,

King James Version
Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

New Life Version
Men become right with God by putting their trust in Jesus Christ. God will accept men if they come this way. All men are the same to God.

New Revised Standard
the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction,

Weymouth New Testament
a righteousness coming from God, which depends on faith in Jesus Christ and extends to all who believe. No distinction is made;

New King James
even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Even the justice of God, by faith of Jesus Christ, unto all, and upon all them that believe in him: for there is no distinction.

Miles Coverdale Bible (1535)
but I speake of ye righteousnes before God, which cometh by the faith on Iesus Christ, vnto all, and vpo all them that beleue.For here is no difference.

Hebrew Names Version
even the righteousness of God through faith in Yeshua the Messiah to all and on all those who believe. For there is no distinction,

International Standard Version
God's righteousness through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction,

John Etheridge Translation of the Peshitta
But the righteousness of Aloha is by faith [Lit. " By the hand of faith."] of Jeshu Meshiha, unto all and also upon all who believe in him. For there is no distinction:

James Murdock Translation of the Peshitta
even the righteousness of God, which is by faith in Jesus Messiah, for every one, and on every one, that believeth in him: for there is no distinction;

The Emphasised Bible
A righteousness of God, through faith in JesusChrist, unto all that have faith; for there is no distinction, -

Revised Standard Version
the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction;

Tyndale Bible
The rightewesnes no dout which is good before God cometh by ye fayth of Iesus Christ vnto all and vpon all that beleve.Ther is no differece:

Updated Bible Version 1.9
even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ to all those that believe; for there is no distinction;

The Webster Bible
Even the righteousness of God, [which is] by faith of Jesus Christ to all, and upon all them that believe; for there is no difference:

World English Bible
even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all those who believe. For there is no distinction,

Wesley's New Testament (1755)
Even the righteousness of God, by the faith of Jesus Christ, to all and upon all that believe; for there is no difference:

The Wycliffe Bible (1395)
And the riytwisnesse of God is bi the feith of Jhesu Crist in to alle men and on alle men that bileuen in hym; for ther is no departyng.

Young's Literal Translation
and the righteousness of God [is] through the faith of Jesus Christ to all, and upon all those believing, -- for there is no difference,

The Message
The God-setting-things-right that we read about has become Jesus--setting-things-right for us. And not only for us, but for everyone who believes in him. For there is no difference between us and them in this.

Contextual Overview

19Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses and to bring the entire world into judgment before God. 20For no one can ever be made right in God's sight by doing what his law commands. For the more we know God's law, the clearer it becomes that we aren't obeying it. 21But now God has shown us a different way of being right in his sight – not by obeying the law but by the way promised in the Scriptures long ago. 22We are made right in God's sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done.23For all have sinned; all fall short of God's glorious standard. 24Yet now God in his gracious kindness declares us not guilty. He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins. 25For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God's anger against us. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed his blood, sacrificing his life for us. God was being entirely fair and just when he did not punish those who sinned in former times. 26And he is entirely fair and just in this present time when he declares sinners to be right in his sight because they believe in Jesus. 27Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on our good deeds. It is based on our faith. 28So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.

Verse Review

from
Treasury of Scripure Knowledge

Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
which is
4:3-13,20-22; 5:1-11; 8:1; Philippians 3:9
unto all
4:6,11,22; Galatians 2:16; 3:6; James 2:23
and upon
Isaiah 61:10; Matthew 22:11,12; Luke 15:22; Galatians 3:7-9
for there
2:1; 10:12; Acts 15:9; 1 Corinthians 4:7; Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:11

Cross-References

Genesis 1:26
Then God said, "Let us make people in our image, to be like ourselves. They will be masters over all life – the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the livestock, wild animals, and small animals."

Genesis 2:9
And the LORD God planted all sorts of trees in the garden – beautiful trees that produced delicious fruit. At the center of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 3:5
"God knows that your eyes will be opened when you eat it. You will become just like God, knowing everything, both good and evil."

Genesis 3:6
The woman was convinced. The fruit looked so fresh and delicious, and it would make her so wise! So she ate some of the fruit. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her. Then he ate it, too.

Genesis 3:7
At that moment, their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they strung fig leaves together around their hips to cover themselves.

Genesis 3:12
"Yes," Adam admitted, "but it was the woman you gave me who brought me the fruit, and I ate it."

Genesis 3:13
Then the LORD God asked the woman, "How could you do such a thing?""The serpent tricked me," she replied. "That's why I ate it."

Psalms 22:26
The poor will eat and be satisfied. All who seek the LORD will praise him. Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy.

Proverbs 3:18
Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.

Jeremiah 22:23
It may be nice to live in a beautiful palace lined with lumber from the cedars of Lebanon, but soon you will cry and groan in anguish – anguish like that of a woman about to give birth.

Gill's Notes on the Bible

Even the righteousness of God, which is by faith of Jesus Christ,.... A further account is given of this righteousness: why it is called "the righteousness of God", and in what sense revealed and manifested; see Gill on Romans 1:17; Here it is said to be "by faith of Jesus Christ"; not by that faith which Christ himself had as man, but by that faith, of which he the author and object: the Alexandrian copy reads, "by faith in Jesus Christ"; and not by that as the cause of justification; for faith is neither the efficient, nor the moving, nor meritorious cause of it; no, nor the instrumental cause of it on the part of God or Christ: nor is faith the matter of a justifying righteousness; for faith is a part of sanctification, is itself imperfect, is a man's own, as it is implanted in him, and exercised by him; is here and elsewhere distinguished from righteousness; something else, and not that, as the obedience and blood of Christ, are said to be what men are made righteous and justified by: but faith is a means of apprehending and receiving righteousness; it views the excellency of Christ's righteousness; it owns the sufficiency of it; the soul by it renounces its own righteousness, submits to Christ's, rejoices in it, and gives him the glory of it: now this is by, or through faith,

unto all, and upon all: not all men, for all have not faith, nor are all justified and saved: but

all that believe; which must be understood, not of believing any thing, nor of any sort of believing; but of such, who truly and with the heart believe in Christ for salvation; and who are here opposed to the wise philosophers among the Gentiles, had to all self-righteous persons among the Jews. Though this character does not design any cause or condition of justification, but is only descriptive of the persons, who are declaratively interested in a justifying righteousness, which is said to be "unto", and "upon them"; that is, it is appointed, provided, and wrought out for them, and directed and applied unto them, and put upon them as a garment, and that upon all of them:

for there is no difference; of nation, age, or sex, or of state and condition; no respect is had to persons or works; nor is there any difference with respect to weak or strong believers; the righteousness is equally applied to one as to another, and one is as much justified by it in the sight of God as another.

Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Even the righteousness of God - The apostle, having stated that the design of the gospel was to reveal a new plan of becoming just in the sight of God, proceeds here more fully to explain it. The explanation which he offers, makes it plain that the phrase so often used by him, “righteousness of God,” does not refer to an attribute of God, but to his plan of making people righteous. Here he says that it is by faith in Jesus Christ; but surely an attribute of God is not produced by faith in Jesus Christ. It means God‘s mode of regarding people as righteous through their belief in Jesus Christ.

(That the “righteousness of God” cannot be explained of the attribute of justice, is obvious enough. It cannot be said of divine justice, that it is “unto and upon all them that believe.” But we are not reduced to the alternative of explaining the phrase, either of God‘s justice, or God‘s plan of justifying people. Why may we not understand it of that righteousness which Yahweh devised, Jesus executed, and the Spirit applies; and which is therefore justly denominated the righteousness of God? It consists in that conformity to law which Jesus manifested in his atoning death, and meritorious obedience. His death, by reason of his divine nature, was of infinite value. And when he voluntarily submitted to yield a life that was forfeited by no transgression of his own, the Law, in its penal part, was more magnified than if every descendant of Adam had sunk under the weight of its vengeance.

Nor was the preceptive part of the Law less honored, in the spotless obedience of Christ. He abstained from every sin, fulfilled every duty, and exemplified every virtue. Neither God nor man could accuse him of failure in duty. To God he gave his piety, to man his glowing love, to friends his heart, to foes his pity and his pardon. And by the obedience of the Creator in human form, the precept of the Law was more honored than if the highest angels had come down to do reverence to it, in presence of people. Here then is a righteousness worthy of the name, divine, spotless, broad, lasting - beyond the power of language to characterize. It is that everlasting righteousness which Daniel predicted the Messiah should bring in. Adam‘s righteousness failed and passed away. That of once happy angels perished too, but this shall endure. “The heavens,” says Yahweh,” shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner, but my salvation shall be forever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished,” This righteousness is broad enough to cover every sinner and every sin. It is pure enough to meet the eye of God himself. It is therefore the sinner‘s only shield. See the note at Romans 1:17, for the true meaning of the expression “righteousness of God.”)

By faith of Jesus Christ - That is, by faith in Jesus Christ. Thus, the expression, Mark 11:22, “Have the faith of God” (margin), means, have faith in God. So Acts 3:16, the “faith of his name” “(Greek),” means, faith in his name. So Galatians 2:20, the “faith of the Son of God” means, faith in the Son of God. This cannot mean that faith is the meritorious cause of salvation, but that it is the instrument or means by which we become justified. It is the state of mind, or condition of the heart, to which God has been pleased to promise justification. (On the nature of faith see the note at Mark 16:16.) God has promised that they who believe in Christ shall be pardoned and saved. This is his plan in distinction from the plan of those who seek to be justified by works.

Unto all and upon all - It is evident that these expressions are designed to be emphatic, but why both are used is not very apparent. Many have supposed that there was no essential difference in the meaning. If there be a difference, it is probably this: the first expression, “unto all” εἰς πᾶς eis pasmay denote that this plan of justification has come “(Luther)” unto all men, to Jews and Gentiles; that is, that it has been provided for them, and offered to them without distinction. The plan was ample for all, was suited for all, was equally necessary for all, and was offered to all. The second phrase, “upon all” ἐπὶ πᾶντας epi pantasmay be designed to guard against the supposition that all therefore would be benefited by it, or be saved by the mere fact that the announcement had come to all. The apostle adds therefore, that the benefits of this plan must actually come upon all, or must be applied to all, if they would be justified. They could not be justified merely by the fact that the plan was provided, and that the knowledge of it had come to all, but by their actually coming under this plan, and availing themselves of it. Perhaps there is reference in the last expression, “upon all,” to a robe, or garment, that is placed upon one to hide his nakedness, or sin; compare Isaiah 64:6, also Philemon 3:9.

For there is no difference - That is, there is no difference in regard to the matter under discussion. The apostle does not mean to say that there is no difference in regard to the talents, dispositions, education, and property of people; but there is no distinction in regard to the way in which they must be justified. All must be saved, if saved at all, in the same mode, whether Jews or Gentiles, bond or free, rich or poor, learned or ignorant. None can be saved by works; and all are therefore dependent on the mercy of God in Jesus Christ.

Clarke's Notes on the Bible

Even the righteousness of God - That method of saving sinners which is not of works, but by faith in Christ Jesus; and it is not restrained to any particular people, as the law and its privileges were, but is unto all mankind in its intention and offer, and becomes effectual to them that believe; for God hath now made no difference between the Jews and the Gentiles.


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Monday, October 23rd, 2017
the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29
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