New International Version
Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.
King James Bible
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
Darby Bible Translation
For scarcely for [the] just [man] will one die, for perhaps for [the] good [man] some one might also dare to die;
World English Bible
For one will hardly die for a righteous man. Yet perhaps for a righteous person someone would even dare to die.
Young's Literal Translation
for scarcely for a righteous man will any one die, for for the good man perhaps some one also doth dare to die;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die - The Jews divide men, as to their moral character, into four classes:
First class, Those who say, "what is mine, is my own; and what is thine, is thy own." These may be considered the just, who render to every man his due; or rather, they who neither give nor take.
The second class is made up of those who say, "what is mine, is thine; and what is thine, is mine." These are they who accommodate each other, who borrow and lend.
The third class is composed of those who say, "What is mine, is thine; and what is thine, let it be thine." These are the pious, or good, who give up all for the benefit of their neighbor.
The fourth class are those who say, "What is mine, is mine; and what is thine, shall be mine." These are the impious, who take all, and give nothing. Now, for one of the first class, who would die? There is nothing amiable in his life or conduct that would so endear him to any man, as to induce him to risk his life to save such a person.
Peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die - This is for one of the third class, who gives all he has for the good of others. This is the truly benevolent man, whose life is devoted to the public good: for such a person, peradventure, some who have had their lives perhaps preserved by his bounty, would even dare to die: but such cases may be considered merely as possible: they exist, it is true, in romance; and we find a few rare instances of friends exposing themselves to death for their friends. See the case of Jonathan and David; Damon and Pythias, Val. Max. lib. iv. c, 7; Nisus and Euryalus, Virgil. And our Lord says, John 15:13 : Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. This is the utmost we can expect among men.
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LibraryMarch 20. "They which Receive Abundance of Grace and the Gift of Righteousness Shall Reign in Life" (Rom. v. 17).
"They which receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness shall reign in life" (Rom. v. 17). Precious souls sometimes fight tremendous battles in order to attain to righteousness in trying places. Perhaps the heart has become wrong in some matter where temptation has been allowed to overcome, or at least to turn it aside from its singleness unto God; and the conflict is a terrible one as it seeks to adjust itself and be right with God, and finds itself baffled by its own spiritual foes, …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
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For whom did Christ Die?
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For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.'
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
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