New International Version
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
King James Bible
Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
Darby Bible Translation
Who shall bring an accusation against God's elect? [It is] God who justifies:
World English Bible
Who could bring a charge against God's chosen ones? It is God who justifies.
Young's Literal Translation
Who shall lay a charge against the choice ones of God? God is He that is declaring righteous,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
This and the two following verses contain a string of questions, most appropriately introduced and most powerfully urged, tending to show the safety of the state of those who have believed the Gospel of the grace of God. I shall lay these verses down as they are pointed by the best Greek critics: -
"Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? - God who justifieth? Who is he that condemneth? - Christ who died? or, rather, who is risen again? He, who is at the right hand of God? He, who maketh intercession for us? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? - Tribulation? or distress? or persecution? or famine? or nakedness? or peril? or sword?" In all these questions the apostle intimates that if neither God nor Christ would bring any charge against them who love him, none else could. And as God justifies through Christ who died, consequently no charge can lie against these persons, as God alone could produce any; and He, so far from doing this, has justified them - freely forgiven their trespasses.
For the proper meaning and sense of the terms chosen, elect, called, etc., etc., see the discourse prefixed to this epistle; and especially Section 6, p. 19, etc., and Section 7, p. 23, etc.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
December 18th. The misgiving which will creep sometimes over the brightest faith has already received its expression and its rebuke: "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" Shall these "changes in the physical state of the environment" which threaten death to the natural man, destroy the spiritual? Shall death, or life, or angels, or principalities, or powers, arrest or tamper with his eternal correspondences? …
Henry Drummond—Beautiful Thoughts
October 12. "The Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus Hath Made Me Free" (Rom. viii. 2).
Fourth Sunday after Trinity Consolation in Suffering, and Patience.
Fourth Sunday after Trinity Redemption of the Creatures.
He who vindicates me is near. Who then will bring charges against me? Let us face each other! Who is my accuser? Let him confront me!
And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?
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