Romans 5:20
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English Standard Version
Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,

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

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now the law entered in, that sin might abound. And where sin abounded, grace did more abound.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
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;

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Vincent's Word Studies

The law entered (παρεισῆλθεν)

Rev., literally, came in beside, giving the force of παρά beside. Very significant. Now that the parallel between Adam and Christ is closed, the question arises as to the position and office of the law. How did it stand related to Adam and Christ? Paul replies that it came in alongside of the sin. "It was taken up into the divine plan or arrangement, and made an occasion for the abounding of grace in the opening of the new way to justification and life" (Dwight).

Might abound (πλεονάσῃ)

Not primarily of the greater consciousness and acknowledgment of sin, but of the increase of actual transgression. The other thought, however, may be included. See Romans 7:7, Romans 7:8, Romans 7:9, Romans 7:11.

Did much more abound (ὑπερεπερίσσευσεν)

Lit., abounded over and above. Only here and 2 Corinthians 7:4. Compare ὑπερεπλεόνασε abounded exceedingly, 1 Timothy 1:14; ὑπερπερισσῶς beyond measure, Mark 7:37; ὑπεραυξάνει; groweth exceedingly, 2 Thessalonians 1:3.

Romans 5:20 Parallel Commentaries

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the law.

Romans 3:19,20 Now we know that what things soever the law said, it said to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped...

Romans 4:15 Because the law works wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace.

Romans 7:5-13 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit to death...

John 15:22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.

2 Corinthians 3:7-9 But if the ministration of death, written and engraved in stones, was glorious...

Galatians 3:19-25 Why then serves the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made...

But.

Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

2 Chronicles 33:9-13 So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do worse than the heathen...

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, said the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow...

Isaiah 43:24,25 You have bought me no sweet cane with money, neither have you filled me with the fat of your sacrifices...

Jeremiah 3:8-14 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce...

Ezekiel 16:52,60-63 You also, which have judged your sisters, bear your own shame for your sins that you have committed more abominable than they...

Ezekiel 36:25-32 Then will I sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you...

Micah 7:18,19 Who is a God like to you, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage...

Matthew 9:13 But go you and learn what that means, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous...

Luke 7:47 Why I say to you, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.

Luke 23:39-43 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If you be Christ, save yourself and us...

John 10:10 The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life...

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters...

Ephesians 1:6-8 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted in the beloved...

Ephesians 2:1-5 And you has he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins...

1 Timothy 1:13-16 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief...

Titus 3:3-7 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy...

Cross References
Romans 3:20
For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

Romans 6:1
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?

Romans 7:7
What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, "You shall not covet."

2 Corinthians 3:7
Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses' face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end,

Galatians 3:19
Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was put in place through angels by an intermediary.

1 Timothy 1:14
and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

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