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The Pulpit Commentary - Romans 3:5-8

False conclusions concerning sin. Like human works, Divine operations are liable to misconstruction. The serpent secretes poison from wholesome food. And the redemptive love of God may be perverted into a justification of sinful conduct by those who wish for an excuse, and fancy they find it in the very universality of unrighteousness which the apostle has demonstrated. For this universality, they say, shows that to sin is natural, and therefore not blameworthy. And they derive a further... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Romans 3:6

God forbid - Note, Romans 3:4.For then - If it be admitted that it would be unjust for God to inflict punishment.How shall God ... - How will it be right or consistent for him to judge the world.Judge - To “judge” implies the possibility and the correctness of “condemning” the guilty; for if it were not right to condemn them, judgment would be a farce. This does not mean that God would condemn all the world; but that the fact of judging people implied the possibility and propriety of condemning... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Romans 3:5-6

Romans 3:5-6. But It may be further objected; if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God Be subservient to God’s glory; or, if our infidelity be so far from making void the faithfulness of God, that it renders it more illustrious, then we ought not to be condemned for it. But Dr. Whitby understands, by the righteousness of God, the righteousness of faith, which indeed is generally the meaning of the phrase in this epistle; and, as in the first chapter the necessity of this... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Romans 3:1-8

Some Jewish objections (3:1-8)Many Jews might argue with Paul by putting to him a fairly obvious question. If what he said was true, why did God choose Israel as his special people (3:1)? Paul replies that God chose them so that through them he could make himself known to the people of the world. The Old Testament Scriptures, for example, were given to the human race by way of the Jews (2). The sad truth is that many of these favoured Jewish people have proved unfaithful to God, but he is still... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Romans 3:6

Romans 3:6. God forbid!— This verse is the Apostle's answer to the Jews, which he crowds in while the Jew is going on with his observation. In reverence of the Divine Majesty, who is perfectly righteous, he qualifies the mere supposition for a moment of his being unrighteous (though this is proposed only for the sake of argument) three ways; first, by putting it into the form of a question, Is God un-righteous? Secondly, by adding immediately, that he spoke in the person of another, and as a... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Romans 3:6

6. God forbid; for then how shall God judge the world?—that is, "Far from us be such a thought; for that would strike down all future judgment. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Romans 3:1-8

3. Answers to objections 3:1-8In chapter 2 Paul showed that God’s judgment of all people rests on character rather than ceremony. He put the Jew on the same level as the Gentile regarding their standing before God. Still God Himself made a distinction between Jews and Gentiles. In Romans 3:1-8, Paul dealt with that distinction. He did this so there would be no question in the minds of his Jewish audience that they were guilty before God and needed to trust in Jesus Christ. The passage affirms... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Romans 3:5-6

The third question connects with David’s situation (Romans 3:4). Since the Jews’ failings set off God’s righteousness more sharply by contrast, might not God deal more graciously with the Jews in His judgment of them? Surely He would not be unrighteous in failing to take that into consideration, would He?Evidently Paul felt constrained to explain that he was "speaking in human terms" or "using a human argument" because he, representing an objector, had suggested that God was unjust. Paul did... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Romans 3:1-31

The New Way of Acceptance with GodIn Romans 1, 2 St. Paul has shown that both Gentile and Jew have sinned wilfully, and are under God’s condemnation. He now digresses to Jewish objections against the gospel, which he had, no doubt, heard urged in synagogues (Romans 3:1-8). Returning to the main subject, he clinches his indictment of the Jew out of the Scriptures, and concludes that all the world is ’under the judgment of God’ (Romans 3:9-20).Having thus shown that man is sinful and lost, he now... read more

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