Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,

King James Version

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

Holman Bible

The law came along to multiply the trespass. But where sin multiplied, grace multiplied even more,

International Standard Version

Now the Law crept in so that the offense would increase. But where sin increased, grace increased even more,

A Conservative Version

And the law entered so that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace was more abundant,

American Standard Version

And the law came in besides, that the trespass might abound; but where sin abounded, grace did abound more exceedingly:

Amplified

But then Law came in, [only] to expand and increase the trespass [making it more apparent and exciting opposition]. But where sin increased and abounded, grace (God's unmerited favor) has surpassed it and increased the more and superabounded,

An Understandable Version

Now the law of Moses was introduced [into the world] in order to cause sin to increase [i.e., it defined many things to be wrong that were previously not regarded as sin]. But with the increase of sin, God's unearned favor increased all the more.

Anderson New Testament

But, besides the first offense, law was introduced, in order that offenses might abound: but where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

Bible in Basic English

And the law came in addition, to make wrongdoing worse; but where there was much sin, there was much more grace:

Common New Testament

Law came in, that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,

Daniel Mace New Testament

the law was introduc'd, that the greatness of the fall might fully appear; but the more sin display'd its enormity, the divine favour was so much the more transcendent.

Darby Translation

But law came in, in order that the offence might abound; but where sin abounded grace has overabounded,

Godbey New Testament

But the law came, that the transgression might abound; but where sin did abound, there did grace superabound:

Goodspeed New Testament

Then law slipped in, and multiplied the offense. But greatly as sin multiplied, God's mercy has far surpassed it,

John Wesley New Testament

But the law came in between, that the offence might abound: yet where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Moreover the law entered that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound,

Julia Smith Translation

And the law entered, that the fall might abound. And where sin abounded, grace superabounded:

King James 2000

Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

Lexham Expanded Bible

Now the law came in as a side issue, in order that the trespass could increase, but where sin increased, grace was present in greater abundance,

Modern King James verseion

But the Law entered so that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound,

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

But the law, in the meantime, entered in that sin should increase. Neverthelater, where abundance of sin was, there was more plenteousness of grace.

Moffatt New Testament

Law slipped in to aggravate the trespass; sin increased, but grace surpassed it far,

Montgomery New Testament

Now law was brought in so that transgression might abound; but where sin abounded, grace super-abounded;

NET Bible

Now the law came in so that the transgression may increase, but where sin increased, grace multiplied all the more,

New Heart English Bible

The law came in besides, that the trespass might abound; but where sin abounded, grace abounded more exceedingly;

Noyes New Testament

Moreover the law came in in addition, that the trespass might abound; but where sin abounded, grace abounded much more;

Sawyer New Testament

For the law supervened that the fall might abound; but where the sin abounded the grace was superabundant,

The Emphasized Bible

Law, however, gained admission, in order that the fault might abound, but, where the sin abounded, the favour greatly superabounded:

Thomas Haweis New Testament

But the law was introduced, that the offence might be more abundant. But where sin had abounded, there hath grace abounded more exceedingly:

Twentieth Century New Testament

Law was introduced in order that offences might be multiplied. But, where sins were multiplied, the loving-kindness of God was lavished the more,

Webster

Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

Weymouth New Testament

Now Law was brought in later on, so that transgression might increase. But where sin increased, grace has overflowed;

Williams New Testament

Then law crept in to multiply the offense. Though sin has multiplied, yet God's favor has surpassed it and overflowed,

World English Bible

The law came in besides, that the trespass might abound; but where sin abounded, grace abounded more exceedingly;

Worrell New Testament

And the law entered, that the trespass might abound; but where sin abounded, grace did super-abound;

Worsley New Testament

Now the law made some entrance, that the offence might appear to abound; but where sin abounded, grace hath superabounded; that as sin had reigned in death,

Youngs Literal Translation

And law came in, that the offence might abound, and where the sin did abound, the grace did overabound,

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
δέ 
De 
but, and, now, then, also, yet, yea, so, moreover, nevertheless, for, even, , not tr
Usage: 2184

the law
νόμος 
Nomos 
Usage: 179

παρεισέρχομαι 
Pareiserchomai 
Usage: 2

ἵνα 
Hina 
that, to,
Usage: 472

the offence
παράπτωμα 
Paraptoma 
Usage: 17

πλεονάζω 
Pleonazo 
Usage: 9

δέ 
De 
but, and, now, then, also, yet, yea, so, moreover, nevertheless, for, even, , not tr
Usage: 2184

οὗ 
Hou 
Usage: 40

ἁμαρτία 
Hamartia 
Usage: 143

πλεονάζω 
Pleonazo 
Usage: 9

χάρις 
Charis 
Usage: 151

Devotionals

Devotionals containing Romans 5:20

Images Romans 5:20

Prayers for Romans 5:20

Context Readings

Death Came Through Adam But Life Comes Through Christ

19 For as through the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. 20 The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Cross References

Romans 6:1

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?

2 Chronicles 33:9-13

Thus Manasseh misled Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do more evil than the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the sons of Israel.

Psalm 25:11

For Your name's sake, O LORD, Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.

Isaiah 1:18

"Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.

Isaiah 43:24-25

"You have bought Me not sweet cane with money, Nor have you filled Me with the fat of your sacrifices; Rather you have burdened Me with your sins, You have wearied Me with your iniquities.

Jeremiah 3:8-14

"And I saw that for all the adulteries of faithless Israel, I had sent her away and given her a writ of divorce, yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear; but she went and was a harlot also.

Ezekiel 16:52

"Also bear your disgrace in that you have made judgment favorable for your sisters. Because of your sins in which you acted more abominably than they, they are more in the right than you. Yes, be also ashamed and bear your disgrace, in that you made your sisters appear righteous.

Ezekiel 16:60-63

"Nevertheless, I will remember My covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish an everlasting covenant with you.

Ezekiel 36:25-32

"Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.

Micah 7:18-19

Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity And passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in unchanging love.

Matthew 9:13

"But go and learn what this means: 'I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

Luke 7:47

"For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little."

Luke 23:39-43

One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, "Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!"

John 10:10

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

John 15:22

"If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.

Romans 3:19-20

Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God;

Romans 4:15

for the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no violation.

Romans 6:14

For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

Romans 7:5-13

For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,

2 Corinthians 3:7-9

But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was,

Galatians 3:19-25

Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made.

Ephesians 1:6-8

to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

Ephesians 2:1-5

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,

1 Timothy 1:13-16

even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief;

Titus 3:3-7

For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.

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