Parallel Verses

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,

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 the Law came to increase and expand [the awareness of] the trespass [by defining and unmasking sin]. But where sin increased, [God’s remarkable, gracious gift of] grace [His unmerited favor] has surpassed it and increased all the more,

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:

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:

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 
law
Usage: 179

παρεισέρχομαι 
Pareiserchomai 
Usage: 2

ἵνα 
Hina 
that, to,
Usage: 472

the offence
παράπτωμα 
Paraptoma 
Usage: 17

πλεονάζω 
Pleonazo 
Usage: 9

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

οὗ 
Hou 
Usage: 40

sin
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 just as through the disobedience of the one man, the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one, the many will be made righteous. 20 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, 21 so that just as sin reigned in death, so also grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Cross References

Romans 6:1

What therefore shall we say? Shall we continue in sin, in order that grace may increase?

2 Chronicles 33:9-13

And Manasseh seduced Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do evil more than the nations that Yahweh destroyed before the {Israelites}.

Psalm 25:11

Also, for the sake of your name, O Yahweh, forgive my sin, because it [is] great.

Isaiah 1:18

"Come now, and let us argue," says Yahweh. "Even though your sins are like scarlet, they will be white like snow; even though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

Isaiah 43:24-25

You have not bought me spice reed with money or satisfied me [with] the fat of sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins; you have made me weary with your iniquities.

Jeremiah 3:8-14

And I saw that {for this very reason, that} on account of apostate Israel committing adultery I divorced her and gave the letter of divorce to her. Yet her treacherous sister Judah was not afraid and she went and prostituted [herself] also.

Ezekiel 16:52

Also, you bear your disgrace, [by] which you furnished justification to your sisters through your sins [by] which you acted more abominably than they; they were more righteous than you, and also, you be ashamed and bear your disgrace through your making your sister righteous.

Ezekiel 16:60-63

And I, I will remember my covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish with you {an everlasting covenant}.

Ezekiel 36:25-32

And I will sprinkle on you pure water, and you will be clean from all of your uncleanness, and I will cleanse you from all of your idols.

Micah 7:18-19

Who [is] a God like you, forgiving sin and passing over rebellion for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, for he delights in loyal love.

Matthew 9:13

But go [and] learn what it means, "I want mercy and not sacrifice." For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

Luke 7:47

{For this reason} I tell you, her sins--[which were] many--have been forgiven, for she loved much. But [the one] to whom little is forgiven loves little."

Luke 23:39-43

And one of the criminals who were hanged there reviled him, saying, "Are you not the Christ? Save yourself--and us!"

John 10:10

The thief {comes only} so that he can steal and kill and destroy; I have come so 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 do not have a valid excuse for their sin.

Romans 3:19-20

Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those under the law, in order that every mouth may be closed and the whole world may become accountable to God.

Romans 4:15

For the law produces wrath, but where [there] is no law, neither [is there] transgression.

Romans 6:14

For sin will not be master over you, because you are not under law, but under grace.

Romans 7:5-13

For when we were in the flesh, sinful desires were working through the law in our members, 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 sexually immoral people, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor passive homosexual partners, nor dominant homosexual partners,

2 Corinthians 3:7-9

But if the ministry of death in letters carved on stone came with glory, so that the sons of Israel were not able to look intently into the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, which was transitory,

Galatians 3:19-25

Why then the law? It was added on account of transgressions, until the descendant should come to whom it had been promised, having been ordered through angels by the hand of a mediator.

Ephesians 1:6-8

to the praise of the glory of his grace that he bestowed on us in the beloved,

Ephesians 2:1-5

And you, {although you were dead} in your trespasses and sins,

1 Timothy 1:13-16

[although I] was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, but I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief,

Titus 3:3-7

For we also were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, enslaved to various desires and pleasures, spending our lives in wickedness and envy, despicable, hating one another.

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