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Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin - The word translated here “wages” ὀψώνια opsōnia properly denotes what is purchased to be eaten with bread, as fish, flesh, vegetables, etc. (Schleusner); and thence, it means the pay of the Roman soldier, because formerly it was the custom to pay the soldier in these things. It means hence, what a man earns or deserves; what is his proper pay, or what he merits. As applied to sin, it means that death is what sin deserves; what will be its proper reward. Death is thus... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Romans 6:23

Romans 6:23. For the wages of sin is death “The word οψωνια , rendered wages, properly signifies the food and pay which generals give to their soldiers for their service. By using this term, the apostle shows what sort of pay the usurper, sin, gives to those who serve under his banners. Further, as the sin here spoken of is that which men commit personally, and which they continue in, the death which is the wages of this kind of sin must be death eternal. It is observable, that although... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Romans 6:1-23

6:1-8:39 THE WAY OF HOLINESS (SANCTIFICATION)Having spoken about justification by faith (how believers can be put right with God), Paul goes on to speak about sanctification by faith (how believers can live lives of practical holiness). In some of the other New Testament writings, ‘sanctify’ means ‘declare holy’, in much the same way as ‘justify’ means ‘declare righteous’. (‘Sanctify’ and ‘holy’ are different parts of the same word in the original languages.) Sanctification, like justification,... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Romans 6:23

wages = rations. Greek. opsonion. Only here, Luke 3:14 . 1Co 9:7 . 2 Corinthians 11:8 . In Luke 3:14 the "wages" are the fish ration issued to Roman soldiers. Compare Romans 6:13 . gift . App-184 . eternal . App-151 . Jesus Christ . The texts read "Christ Jesus". App-98 . read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.The wages of sin ... Paul did not say the wages of great sins, or of some sins, but the wages of "sin" is death. Such unsatisfactory wages of sin, it seems, should make sin a very unprofitable employer, and long ago have resulted in the cessation of all sin; but not so. True, if the full account of sin's wages should be posted and paid at the end of every day, there would doubtless be far less... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Romans 6:23

Romans 6:23. For the wages of sin is death— The wages of sin does not here signify the wages which are paid for sinning, but the wages which sin pays. This is evident not only from the opposition which is here put between the wages of sin, and the gift of God; namely, that sin rewards men with eternal death for their obedience; but that which God freely gives to those, who, believing in Jesus Christ, labour sincerely after righteousness, is life eternal: but it farther appears by the whole... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Romans 6:23

23. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through—"in" Jesus Christ our Lord—This concluding verse—as pointed as it is brief—contains the marrow, the most fine gold, of the Gospel. As the laborer is worthy of his hire, and feels it to be his due—his own of right—so is death the due of sin, the wages the sinner has well wrought for, his own. But "eternal life" is in no sense or degree the wages of our righteousness; we do nothing whatever to earn or become entitled... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Romans 6:15-23

2. Slavery to righteousness 6:15-23In the first part of this chapter Paul explained that Christ has broken the bonds of sin that enslave the Christian (Romans 6:1-14). In the second part he warned that even though we are free we can become enslaved to sin by yielding to temptation (Romans 6:15-23; cf. John 8:34). Rather we should voluntarily yield ourselves as slaves to righteousness."Three words summarize the reasons for our yielding: favor (Romans 6:14-15), freedom (Romans 6:16-20), and fruit... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Romans 6:23

Paul brought his thoughts on this subject to a summary conclusion in this verse. The principle stated here is applicable to all people, believers and unbelievers. It contrasts the masters, sin and God, with the outcomes, death and eternal life. Paul also distinguished the means whereby death and life come to people. Death is the wage a person earns by his or her working, but eternal life is a gift free to those who rely on the work of Another.Wages normally maintain life, but these wages result... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Romans 6:1-23

The New Righteousness in Union with ChristSt. Paul’s begins by repeating an objection he must often have heard from Jewish adversaries (cp: Romans 3:8), and suggested here by Romans 5:20 -’Does not this teaching of pardon by God’s free favour practically encourage sin?’ The objection is stated in two forms (Romans 6:1, Romans 6:15). The Apostle not only answers his opponents: he is still more concerned to build up his readers in a holy life. He opposes to the objection the fact of the... read more

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