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:
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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CommentaryVincent'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.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?
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,
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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