Parallel Verses

An Understandable Version

For [it is] not those who hear the law of Moses who are right with God, but [it is] those who obey [the requirements of] that law [perfectly] who will be considered right with God.

New American Standard Bible

for it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified.

King James Version

(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

Holman Bible

For the hearers of the law are not righteous before God, but the doers of the law will be declared righteous.

International Standard Version

For it is not merely those who hear the Law who are righteous in God's sight. No, it is those who follow the Law, who will be justified.

A Conservative Version

For the hearers of the law are not righteous with God, but the doers of the law will be made righteous.

American Standard Version

for not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified:

Amplified

For it is not merely hearing the Law [read] that makes one righteous before God, but it is the doers of the Law who will be held guiltless and acquitted and justified.

Anderson New Testament

in the day when God shall judge the secret works of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.

Bible in Basic English

For it is not the hearers of the law who will be judged as having righteousness before God, but only the doers:

Common New Testament

For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous in the sight of God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.

Daniel Mace New Testament

for not the bare hearers of the law, but they who observe the law, are such as shall be justified, before God.

Darby Translation

(for not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

Godbey New Testament

for the hearers of the law are not righteous with God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

Goodspeed New Testament

For merely hearing the Law read does not make a man upright in the sight of God; men must obey the Law to be made upright.

John Wesley New Testament

For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

(for not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified;

Julia Smith Translation

(For not hearers of the law just with God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

King James 2000

(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

Lexham Expanded Bible

For it is not the hearers of the law [who are] righteous in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be declared righteous.

Modern King James verseion

For it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

For before God they are not righteous which hear the law: but the doers of the law shall be justified.

Moffatt New Testament

For it is not the hearers of the Law who are just in the eyes of God, it is those who obey the Law who will be acquitted,

Montgomery New Testament

For it is not the hearers of law who are righteous in the eyes of God; nay, it is the doers of law who will be accounted righteous.

NET Bible

For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous before God, but those who do the law will be declared righteous.

New Heart English Bible

For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law will be justified

Noyes New Testament

for it is not the hearers of a law who are righteous before God, but the doers of a law will be accounted righteous;

The Emphasized Bible

For, not the hearers of law, are righteous with God, but, the doers of law, shall be declared righteous;

Thomas Haweis New Testament

for the hearers of the law are not righteous before God, but the doers of the law shall be counted righteous;

Twentieth Century New Testament

It is not those who hear the words of a Law that are righteous before God, but it is those who obey it that will be pronounced righteous.

Webster

(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

Weymouth New Testament

It is not those that merely hear the Law read who are righteous in the sight of God, but it is those that obey the Law who will be pronounced righteous.

Williams New Testament

For merely hearing the law read does not make men upright with God, but men who practice the law will be recognized as upright.

World English Bible

For it isn't the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law will be justified

Worrell New Testament

for not the hearers of law are righteous before God, but the doers shall be justified;

Worsley New Testament

(for not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified:

Youngs Literal Translation

for not the hearers of the law are righteous before God, but the doers of the law shall be declared righteous: --

Verse Picture

Interlinear

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

not
οὐ 
Ou 
not, no, cannot ,
Usage: 1032

the hearers
ἀκροατής 
Akroates 
Usage: 4

of the law
νόμος 
Nomos 
νόμος 
Nomos 
Usage: 179
Usage: 179

δίκαιος 
Dikaios 
Usage: 57

παρά 
Para 
of, with, from, by ... side, at, than,
Usage: 145

God
θεός 
theos 
Usage: 1151

but
ἀλλά 
Alla 
but, yea, yet, nevertheless, howbeit, nay, therefore, save, not tr,
Usage: 461

the doers
ποιητής 
Poietes 
Usage: 6

Devotionals

Devotionals about Romans 2:13

Images Romans 2:13

Prayers for Romans 2:13

Context Readings

God's Judgment And The Law

12 For all those people [i.e., Gentiles] who have sinned without [knowing] the law of Moses will also be lost without [knowing] that law. And all those people [i.e., Jews] who have sinned under [the authority] of the law of Moses will be judged by [the requirements of] that law. 13 For [it is] not those who hear the law of Moses who are right with God, but [it is] those who obey [the requirements of] that law [perfectly] who will be considered right with God. 14 (For when the [unconverted] Gentiles, who do not have the law of Moses, instinctively practice [some of] its requirements, they become their own lawmakers, even though they do not have the law of Moses.



Cross References

Matthew 7:21-27

"Not every person who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven; but [only] that person who does what my Father in heaven requires.

Luke 8:21

But He replied to them, "My mother and my brothers are those people who hear God's word and obey it."

Luke 10:25-29

Just then a certain teacher of the law of Moses stood up and [attempted to] test Jesus, saying, "Teacher, what must I do to inherit [never ending] life?"

Luke 18:14

I tell you, this man went back home right with God instead of the other man. For every person who exalts himself [as important] will be humbled, but whoever humbles himself will be exalted [as important]."

Acts 13:39

and [it is] by Him that every believer is made right with God in every way that he could not have been made right by [observing the requirements of] the law of Moses.

Romans 2:25

Now the practice of circumcision [i.e., the Jewish rite of identity, signifying the responsibility to observe the law of Moses] is worthwhile, providing you obey [the rest of] the law of Moses. But if you disobey the law, you might as well have never been circumcised.

Romans 3:20

This is because no human being can be considered right with God by [obeying] the requirements of a law. [Note: It is difficult to determine the exact sense in which "law" is used in these verses. It may be law generally, or the law of Moses specifically. See Bruce, pages 52-58]. For the knowledge of what sin is comes from the law of Moses.

Romans 3:23

for everyone has sinned and falls short of God's glory [i.e., His approval, or His perfect character].

Romans 3:30

since there is [only] one God, who makes the circumcised ones [i.e., the Jews] right with Him by faith [in Christ] and the uncircumcised ones [i.e., the Gentiles] through faith [in Christ].

Romans 4:2-5

For if Abraham had been made right with God by doing good deeds he would have had something to boast about, but not in God's presence.

Romans 10:5

For Moses wrote [Lev. 18:5] about a person being made right with God by obeying the requirements of the law of Moses, that he would gain [never ending] life for doing this.

Galatians 2:16

still we know that a person is not justified [i.e., made right with God] by [perfect obedience to] the law of Moses, but rather through faith in [the person and work of] Christ. [Knowing this] we have trusted in Christ Jesus [to save us], so that we might be made right with God by trusting in Him and not by [our compliance with] the requirements of the law of Moses. Because by such law-compliance no one can be made right with God.

Galatians 3:11-12

Now it is evident that no person can be made right with God by [obeying all the requirements of] the law of Moses for [Hab. 2:4 says], "The righteous person will obtain life by [his] faith [in God]."

Galatians 5:4

Those of you who seek to be right with God by observing the requirements of the law of Moses have severed yourselves from [your relationship with] Christ; you have fallen away from God's unearned favor.

James 1:22-25

But you should not deceive yourselves by just listening [to God's word] instead of doing what the word teaches.

James 2:21-25

Was not our forefather Abraham made right with God by deeds [of obedience] when he offered his son Isaac [as a sacrifice] on the Altar?

1 John 2:29

If you know that Christ is [truly] righteous [verse 1], then you should also know that everyone who does what is right has been [spiritually] conceived [and eventually born] by God [See 5:18].

1 John 3:7

Little children [i.e., dear ones], do not allow anyone to lead you astray [from the truth]; the person who continues to do what is right is [considered by God as] righteous, even as Christ is righteous.

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