Parallel Verses

Amplified

For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [ endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness].

New American Standard Bible

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

King James Version

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Holman Bible

He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

International Standard Version

God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that God's righteousness would be produced in us.

A Conservative Version

For the man who knew no sin was made sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

American Standard Version

Him who knew no sin he made to be'sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

An Understandable Version

God considered Christ to be sinful on our behalf, even though He never sinned, so that we could be considered right with God through Him.

Anderson New Testament

for he has made him, who knew no sin, a sin-offering for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

Bible in Basic English

For him who had no knowledge of sin God made to be sin for us; so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

Common New Testament

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Daniel Mace New Testament

for he hath made him who knew no sin to be a sin-offering for us, that we might be justified by God thro' him.

Darby Translation

Him who knew not sin he has made sin for us, that we might become God's righteousness in him.

Godbey New Testament

He made him sin in our behalf, who knew no sin; in order that we may become the righteousness of God in him.

Goodspeed New Testament

He made him who knew nothing of sin to be sin, for our sake, so that through union with him we might become God's uprightness.

John Wesley New Testament

For he hath made him, who knew no sin, a sin-offering for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God through him.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Julia Smith Translation

For him not knowing sin, he made sin for us; that we might be the justice of God in him.

King James 2000

For he has made him, who knew no sin, to be sin for us; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Lexham Expanded Bible

He made the one who did not know sin [to be] sin on our behalf, in order that we could become the righteousness of God in him.

Modern King James verseion

For He has made Him who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

for he hath made him to be sin for us, which knew no sin, that we by his means should be that righteousness which before God is allowed.

Moffatt New Testament

For our sakes He made him to be sin who himself knew nothing of sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Montgomery New Testament

Him who knew no sin, in our behalf he has made to be sin; so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

NET Bible

God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God.

New Heart English Bible

For him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Noyes New Testament

Him, who knew not sin, he made sin for us, that we might become Gods righteousness in him.

Sawyer New Testament

For he made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become God's righteousness in him.

The Emphasized Bible

Him who knew not sin, in our behalf, he made to be, sin, that we might become God's righteousness in him.

Thomas Haweis New Testament

For he hath made him, who knew no sin, to be a sin offering for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

Twentieth Century New Testament

Him who never knew sin God made to be Sin, on our behalf; so that we, through union with him, might become the Righteousness of God.

Webster

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Weymouth New Testament

He has made Him who knew nothing of sin to be sin for us, in order that in Him we may become the righteousness of God.

Williams New Testament

He made Him who personally knew nothing of sin to be a sin-offering for us, so that through union with Him we might come into right standing with God.

World English Bible

For him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Worrell New Testament

Him Who knew no sin He made to be sin on our behalf, that we may become God's righteousness in Him.

Worsley New Testament

For He hath made Him, who knew no sin, to be a sin-offering for us, that in Him we might be made righteous before God.

Youngs Literal Translation

for him who did not know sin, in our behalf He did make sin, that we may become the righteousness of God in him.

Verse Picture

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
For
γάρ 
Gar 
for, , not tr
Usage: 825

ποιέω 
Poieo 
do, make, bring forth, commit, cause, work, show, bear, keep, fulfil, deal, perform, not tr, , vr do
Usage: 372

to be sin
ἁμαρτία 
Hamartia 
Usage: 143

for
ὑπέρ 
Huper 
Usage: 138

us
ἡμῶν 
hemon 
our, us, we, not tr,
Usage: 388

γινώσκω 
Ginosko 
Usage: 147

no
μή 
me 
not, no, that not, God forbid 9, lest, neither, no man , but, none, not translated,
Usage: 493

sin
ἁμαρτία 
Hamartia 
Usage: 143

ἵνα 
Hina 
that, to,
Usage: 472

we
ἡμεῖς 
hemeis 
we, us, we ourselves
Usage: 120

might be made
γίνομαι 
Ginomai 
be, come to pass, be made, be done, come, become, God forbid , arise, have, be fulfilled, be married to, be preferred, not tr, , vr done
Usage: 531

δικαιοσύνη 
Dikaiosune 
Usage: 83

of God
θεός 
theos 
Usage: 1151

in
ἐν 
En 
in, by, with, among, at, on, through,
Usage: 2128

Devotionals

Devotionals about 2 Corinthians 5:21

Devotionals containing 2 Corinthians 5:21

Images 2 Corinthians 5:21

Context Readings

Controlled By The Love Of Christ

20 So we are Christ's ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We [as Christ's personal representatives] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you] and be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [ endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness].



Cross References

1 Corinthians 1:30

But it is from Him that you have your life in Christ Jesus, Whom God made our Wisdom from God, [revealed to us a knowledge of the divine plan of salvation previously hidden, manifesting itself as] our Righteousness [thus making us upright and putting us in right standing with God], and our Consecration [making us pure and holy], and our Redemption [providing our ransom from eternal penalty for sin].

Galatians 3:13

Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the curse (doom) of the Law [and its condemnation] by [Himself] becoming a curse for us, for it is written [in the Scriptures], Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree (is crucified);

Romans 1:17

For in the Gospel a righteousness which God ascribes is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith [disclosed through the way of faith that arouses to more faith]. As it is written, The man who through faith is just and upright shall live and shall live by faith.

1 Peter 3:18

For Christ [the Messiah Himself] died for sins once for all, the Righteous for the unrighteous (the Just for the unjust, the Innocent for the guilty), that He might bring us to God. In His human body He was put to death, but He was made alive in the spirit,

1 John 3:5

You know that He appeared in visible form and became Man to take away [upon Himself] sins, and in Him there is no sin [ essentially and forever].

Romans 3:21-26

But now the righteousness of God has been revealed independently and altogether apart from the Law, although actually it is attested by the Law and the Prophets,

Romans 4:25

Who was betrayed and put to death because of our misdeeds and was raised to secure our justification (our acquittal), [making our account balance and absolving us from all guilt before God].

Romans 8:1-4

Therefore, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

Ephesians 5:2

And walk in love, [esteeming and delighting in one another] as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a slain offering and sacrifice to God [for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.

Hebrews 4:15

For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning.

Hebrews 7:26

[Here is] the High Priest [perfectly adapted] to our needs, as was fitting -- "holy, blameless, unstained by sin, separated from sinners, and exalted higher than the heavens.

Isaiah 45:24-25

Only in the Lord shall one say, I have righteousness (salvation and victory) and strength [to achieve]. To Him shall all come who were incensed against Him, and they shall be ashamed.

Isaiah 53:4-6

Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].

Isaiah 53:9-12

And they assigned Him a grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in His death, although He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.

Jeremiah 23:26

[How long shall this state of things continue?] How long yet shall it be in the minds of the prophets who prophesy falsehood, even the prophets of the deceit of their own hearts,

Jeremiah 33:16

In those days Judah shall be saved and Jerusalem shall dwell safely. And this is the name by which it will be called, The Lord is Our Righteousness (our Rightness, our Justice).

Daniel 9:24

Seventy weeks [of years, or 490 years] are decreed upon your people and upon your holy city [Jerusalem], to finish and put an end to transgression, to seal up and make full the measure of sin, to purge away and make expiation and reconciliation for sin, to bring in everlasting righteousness (permanent moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) to seal up vision and prophecy and prophet, and to anoint a Holy of Holies.

Daniel 9:26

And after the sixty-two weeks [of years] shall the Anointed One be cut off or killed and shall have nothing [and no one] belonging to [and defending] Him. And the people of the [other] prince who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood; and even to the end there shall be war, and desolations are decreed.

Zechariah 13:7

Awake, O sword, against My shepherd and against the man who is My associate, says the Lord of hosts; smite the shepherd and the sheep [of the flock] shall be scattered, and I will turn back My hand and stretch it out again upon the little ones [of the flock].

Luke 1:35

Then the angel said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you [like a shining cloud]; and so the holy (pure, sinless) Thing (Offspring) which shall be born of you will be called the Son of God.

Acts 3:14

But you denied and rejected and disowned the Pure and Holy, the Just and Blameless One, and demanded [the pardon of] a murderer to be granted to you.

Romans 5:19

For just as by one man's disobedience (failing to hear, heedlessness, and carelessness) the many were constituted sinners, so by one Man's obedience the many will be constituted righteous (made acceptable to God, brought into right standing with Him).

Romans 10:3-4

For being ignorant of the righteousness that God ascribes [which makes one acceptable to Him in word, thought, and deed] and seeking to establish a righteousness (a means of salvation) of their own, they did not obey or submit themselves to God's righteousness.

Philippians 3:9

And that I may [actually] be found and known as in Him, not having any [self-achieved] righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law's demands (ritualistic uprightness and supposed right standing with God thus acquired), but possessing that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ (the Anointed One), the [truly] right standing with God, which comes from God by [saving] faith.

1 Peter 2:22-24

He was guilty of no sin, neither was deceit (guile) ever found on His lips.

1 John 2:1-2

My little children, I write you these things so that you may not violate God's law and sin. But if anyone should sin, we have an Advocate (One Who will intercede for us) with the Father -- "[it is] Jesus Christ [the all] righteous [upright, just, Who conforms to the Father's will in every purpose, thought, and action].

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