It implies, however, that they were accustomed to express themselves freely and severely of the character and doom of the Gentiles. Nero executed the laws of the Roman Empire against the very crimes which he was constantly committing; and it was a common practice for Roman masters to commit offences which they punished with death in their slaves. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Conformation and transformation. Romans 2:18. 1. A remarkable instance of this occurs in John 8:1, etc. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. what multitudes wrap themselves up in like fatal confidence, who occupy the corresponding position in the Christian Church!Romans 2:1-5 They that condemn sin in others, and are guilty of thelike themselves, cannot escape God’s judgment,Romans 2:6-13 which will be according to every man’s deserts,without distinction of Jew or Gentile.Romans 2:14-16 The Gentiles are not left without a rule of conduct.Romans 2:17-24 The Jew, who boasteth of greater light, is doublycriminal in sinning against it,Romans 2:25-29 nor will circumcision profit him, except he keep the law. Every time you criticize someone, you condemn yourself. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. He has nothing to say, he is silenced (compare Romans 3:19); he is guilty and he knows it! Proud member In the first, sentence is in process of being passed, but there is still a possibility of acquittal; in the second, sentence has been definitely given in a sense adverse to the accused. Romans 2:1. 2 Therefore you have f no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. It may all be the work of the hypocrite to conceal some base design; or of the man who seeks to show his hostility to one kind of sin, in order to be a salvo to his conscience for committing some other. This verse is talking about a person who is passing judgment on another, condemning the actions of another. The meaning is, that it is a maxim or principle of the Law of God, that if a creature will keep it, and obey it entirely, he shall not be condemned, but shall be approved and live forever. In the spiritual court of law, there is no defense for the actions of a person who commits the same sin of which he accuses another. Romans 10:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Romans 10:9, NIV: "If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man. Everyone is judged according to his works. Thou art inexcusable - This does not mean that they were inexcusable for judging others; but that they had no excuse for their sins before God; or that they were under condemnation for their crimes, and needed the benefits of another plan of justification. 2 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Thank you. that is, in what case or instance; the Complutensian edition and When we judge others we should make it a rule to examine ourselves on that very point. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. It is very easy for us to see sin in other's lives when many times we are unable to see the very same sin in our own life. The character of the nation, as given in the New Testament, is that they were "an evil and adulterous generation" (Matthew 12:39; compare John 8:7); that they were a "generation of vipers" Matthew 3:7; Matthew 12:34; that; they were wicked Matthew 12:45; that they were sinful Mark 8:38; that they were proud, haughty, hypocritical, etc. (1) That people are prone to be severe judges of others. person: for wherein thou judgest another; 2 1-2 Those people are on a dark spiral downward. designed, whether among Jews or Gentiles, who reprove and punish God’s Righteous Judgment. Romans 2:1-16 Inductive Bible Study. 2 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. It is sure that God’s righteous judgment is on those who practice such things. in that very thing, or by that very law, whereby thou censurest and condemnest others, thou pronouncest sentence against thyself; thy own mouth condemns thee in the person of another: see Matthew 7:3 21:40,41,45 Joh 8:4,9. whosoever thou art that judgest; whether a Jew or a Gentile, a public magistrate or a private person: for wherein thou judgest another; that is, in what case or instance; the Complutensian edition and the Arabic version read, "in" "or with what judgment thou judgest another"; See Gill on Matthew 7:2; thou condemnest thyself; by judging them: for thou that judgest dost the same things; art guilty of the same thing condemned in others, and therefore must be self-condemned. 2:1-16 The Jews thought themselves a holy people, entitled to their privileges by right, while they were unthankful, rebellious, and unrighteous. Thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: q.d. 2. Rather the words respect every man, of whatsoever nation, office, Commentary on Romans 2:1-16 (Read Romans 2:1-16) The Jews thought themselves a holy people, entitled to their privileges by right, while they were unthankful, rebellious, and unrighteous. (; 3:21; 4:3,6; 1 Peter 1:10-12) "God"s good news was not unknown in the O.T. But if you think that leaves you on the high ground where you can point your finger at others, think again. Doest the same things - It is clearly implied here, that they were guilty of offences similar to those practiced by the Gentiles. Judgmental criticism of others is a well-known way of escaping detection in your own crimes and … Romans 2:1, NLT: "You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! But the passage is not without its interpretive difficulties. ; Matthew 23. In Romans 3 and 4, Paul announces God’s response to humanity’s plight: because of Christ’s righteousness, humanity now stands justified by God’s grace (cf. Paul wants to have a word with this “moral person” before he moves on to speak to the Jew… For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. Romans 2:15, NASB: "in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them," Romans 2:15, NLT : "They demonstrate that God's law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right." When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things." Romans 2:1-11 is divided into two sections: A) Everyone will be prosecuted (Romans 2:1-4). And be not conformed to this world. (1) He convicts those who would seem to be exempt from the rest of men (because they reprehend other men's faults), and says that they are least of all to be excused, for if they were searched well and carefully (as God surely does) they themselves would be found guilty in those things which they reprehend and punish in others: so that in condemning others, they pronounce sentence against themselves. Next. Romans 2:15. ( B) Read full chapter. therefore inexcusable: others think that magistrates are The zeal of persecutors, and often of pretended reformers, may be far from proof that they are free from the very offences which they are condemning in others. General, but still with a general and slightly reproachful reference to the Jew. iniquities, yet were very severe upon the sins of others, and another"; (See Gill on Matthew “Charles Darwin died in April 1882. Such an examination might greatly mitigate the severity of our judgment; or might turn the whole of our indignation against ourselves. Some think that having discovered the sins of the Gentiles in the former chapter, he here useth a transition, and turneth himself to the Jews, and lays open their more secret wickedness and hypocrisy. 2 We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. God bless you, Billy . Romans 2:1 German Bible Alphabetical: another are at because condemn condemning do else everyone excuse for have in judge judgment no of on other pass passes point practice same someone that the therefore things whatever which who You yourself NT Letters: Romans 2:1 Therefore you are without excuse O man (Rom. This he does not do, however, until he has advanced so far in the general principles of his argument that it would be impossible for them to evade his conclusions; and then he does it in the most tender, and kind, as well as convincing manner, Romans 2:17, etc. inexcusable, because they knew better, and would be thought to Those who judge others, not excepting the Jews. 3. It would not be a just principle of interpretation to press this declaration as implying that precisely the same offences, and to the same extent, were chargeable on them. It is differently rendered by Wolf, whom Köllner follows: the truth revealed to the Gentiles by God. impunity among men, they shall not escape the judgment of God. It’s text, from the book of Proverbs, may stand as the most fitting testimony to Darwin’s greatness: ‘Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and getteth understanding. —Homiletic ... (502) so as to make it in point of actual meaning, though not in the abstract form of the conception, identical with: “true God” (Luther, and most expositors, including Rückert, de Wette, Tholuck, Fritzsche, Philippi, van Hengel). EXB. 3. 2 Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. (2) this is often, perhaps commonly, done when the accusers themselves are guilty of the same offences. Therefore, &c. — The apostle, having shown that the Gentiles could not entertain the least hope of salvation, according to the tenor of the law of nature, which they violated, proceeds next to consider whether the law of Moses gave the Jews any better hope; an inquiry which he manages with great address. and the nature of sin, and so are inexcusable and self-condemned Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. God's Word For You is a free Bible Study site committed to bringing you teaching and studies firmly grounded in the Bible, and the Bible's answers to your questions. Romans 2:1 "Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things." It must be admitted that its meaning is not immediately clear. It is well to define the term in order to avoid two extremes. Which he had promised; the meaning is not, that the history of the gospel was promised by the prophets, ... Romans 1:2 which he promised afore through his prophets in the holy scriptures, "Which" -i.e. Romans 2:1. It often happens, too, that people are remarkably zealous in opposing those offences which they themselves secretly practice. or place; and may be particularly applied to hypocrites, and seem (4) the heart is deceitful. 1:20). 2. Romans 2:1 in all English translations. Even the self–righteous are liable for their sins before God. Romans 2:1-11 ESV. Romans 2:1-4 The Message (MSG) God Is Kind, but Not Soft. 7:2); thou condemnest thyself; For in passing judgement on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practise the very same things. Others think the Jews are He therefore approaches the subject gradually, affirms it of man in general, and then makes a particular application to the Jews. Craig’s Answer: Hi Billy, It’s always so good to hear from you brother! Thus, they were not guilty, in the time of the apostle, of idolatry; but of the other crimes enumerated in the first chapter, the Jews might be guilty. themselves to be righteous persons, and justified in the sight of The use of this word is an instance of the apostle's skill in argument. sin in others, and therefore must be supposed to know the law, Boasting is excluded; Paul goes on, because “a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law” (Romans 3:28, NRSV). Romans 13:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Romans 13:1, NIV: "Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.The authorities that exist have been established by God." Alas! But it is plain, from the connection, that he means especially the Jews. It is much disputed to whom the apostle directs his discourse in the beginning of this chapter. If such was the character of the Jewish nation in general, there is no improbability in supposing that they practiced most of the crimes specified in Romans 1:On this verse we may remark. Romans 2:1-16 is a powerful passage about the nature of God’s justice. Romans 2:1 : 2Sa 12:5-7; S Mt 7:1, 2. As Cato is said to have used extortion, prostituted his wife, and to have laid violent hands upon himself; and yet he was affirmed by Velleius to be homo virtuti simillimus, a most virtuous man. We must be vigilant against this spirit precisely where it is the most subtle and concealed, e.g. Romans 2:1. Thou that judgest - You Jews who condemn other nations. Ro 2:1-29. She is more precious than rubies, and all the things that thou canst desire ar… This implies that substantially the same crimes which were committed among the pagan were also committed among the Jews. The O.T. when they do the same things; wherefore though they may pass with throw confusion on such who value themselves on being the But the particle therefore in the front of the chapter, doth seem to intimate, that this is inferred from what went before, and is a continuance of the same argument. Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. B) Everyone will be justly prosecuted (Romans 2:5-11). They have the law and circumcision but these mean nothing unless the heart is right with God. have been so; wherefore such could never be justified before God 1. One such difficulty worth discussing here involves the question of to whom the passage is directed. (See instances in Grotius on this place.). That much—and more—is quite clear. You declare those acts to be criminal of which you are yourself guilty. God; and who, though they were secretly guilty of many abominable by judging them: for thou that judgest dost the same things; The words in the Greek, translated by “judge” and “condemn,” are related to each other much the same as the summing up of a judge is related to his verdict. you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Τό θέλημα ) the will , that is, whatever has been ratified by the law; so, the will , absolutely, Matthew 18:14 ; 1 Corinthians 16:12 . Cross references. 4. None of you have an excuse. Thou art without all excuse, that dost assent and subscribe to the righteous judgment of God, that they who do such things as are mentioned in the foregoing chapter, are worthy of death, and yet doest the same thyself; if not openly, yet secretly and inwardly thou art guilty of the same or as great sins. “World” has various meanings. Romans 2:1-16: You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you … Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man Paraphrase. Inexcusable means "without any defense" (compare Rom. Romans 2:2. It takes one to know one. As the Gentiles whom they judged were condemned, and were without excuse Romans 1:20, so were the Jews who condemned them without excuse on the same principle; and in a still greater degree. Gods Word For You. If he had openly named the Jews here, it would have been likely to have excited opposition from them. Some think, from the connection of these words with the preceding Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. I was reading in the book of Romans last night; could you give me some meaning on the following two verses in the text of Romans 2:14 &15? 2 Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. art guilty of the same thing condemned in others, and therefore Some think he intends more especially such as were philosophers, and men renowned for virtue, as Socrates, Aristides, Fabricius, Cato, Seneca, &c., which last, as is said, was well known to the apostle. All rights reserved. the Arabic version read, "in" "or with what judgment thou judgest And from the New Testament, as well as from their own writings, there can be no doubt that such was the fact; that they regarded the entire Gentile world with abhorrence, considered them as shut out from the favor of God, and applied to them terms expressive of the utmost contempt. O man - This address is general to any man who should do this. 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