Romans 5:7
New International Version
Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.

New Living Translation
Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good.

English Standard Version
For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—

Berean Study Bible
Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.

Berean Literal Bible
For rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though on behalf of the good man perhaps someone would even 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.

New King James Version
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.

New American Standard Bible
For one will hardly die for a righteous person; though perhaps for the good person someone would even dare to die.

NASB 1995
For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.

NASB 1977
For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.

Amplified Bible
Now it is an extraordinary thing for one to willingly give his life even for an upright man, though perhaps for a good man [one who is noble and selfless and worthy] someone might even dare to die.

Christian Standard Bible
For rarely will someone die for a just person—though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For rarely will someone die for a just person—though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die.

American Standard Version
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: for peradventure for the good man some one would even dare to die.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For a man will hardly die for the sake of the wicked, however a man perhaps may dare to die for the sake of the good.

Contemporary English Version
No one is really willing to die for an honest person, though someone might be willing to die for a truly good person.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For scarce for a just man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man some one would dare to die.

English Revised Version
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: for peradventure for the good man some one would even dare to die.

Good News Translation
It is a difficult thing for someone to die for a righteous person. It may even be that someone might dare to die for a good person.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Finding someone who would die for a godly person is rare. Maybe someone would have the courage to die for a good person.

International Standard Version
For it is rare for anyone to die for a righteous person, though somebody might be brave enough to die for a good person.

Literal Standard Version
for scarcely for a righteous man will anyone die, for the good man perhaps someone also dares to die;

NET Bible
(For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps someone might possibly dare to die.)

New Heart English Bible
For rarely does one die for the righteous. Yet perhaps for a good person someone might dare to die.

Weymouth New Testament
Why, it is scarcely conceivable that any one would die for a simply just man, although for a good and lovable man perhaps some one, here and there, will have the courage even to lay down his life.

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;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Christ's Sacrifice for the Ungodly
6For at just the right time, while we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.…

Cross References
Matthew 13:15
For this people's heart has grown callous; 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.'

John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

Romans 5:6
For at just the right time, while we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.

Romans 5:8
But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.


Treasury of Scripture

For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

scarcely.

John 15:13
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

1 John 3:16
Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

a good.

2 Samuel 18:27
And the watchman said, Me thinketh the running of the foremost is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And the king said, He is a good man, and cometh with good tidings.

Psalm 112:5
A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

Acts 11:24
For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.

some.

Romans 16:4
Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.

2 Samuel 18:3
But the people answered, Thou shalt not go forth: for if we flee away, they will not care for us; neither if half of us die, will they care for us: but now thou art worth ten thousand of us: therefore now it is better that thou succour us out of the city.

2 Samuel 23:14-17
And David was then in an hold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem…









(7-8) What makes the sacrifice of Christ so paradoxical is that it was undergone for sinners. Even for a righteous man it is rare enough to find another who will be ready to lay down his life. Yet some such persons there are. The one thing which is most extraordinary in the death of Christ, and which most tends to throw into relief the love of God as displayed in it, is that He died for men as sinners, and at the very moment when they were sinning all around Him.

(7) Yet peradventure.--The true reading is, undoubtedly, for peradventure.

For a good man.--Literally, for the good (man), i.e., for the good man in question, the righteous man mentioned above. It would be possible to take the phrase "for the good" as neuter rather than masculine, and to understand by it "in a good cause." It would be possible also to give to the word translated "good" the special meaning of "benefactor"--"a man might be found to die for his benefactor." But if this had been intended, it might have been more clearly expressed, and upon the whole it seems best to take the passage as it is taken in the English version. There is a slight distinction in the Greek, as in English, between the words translated "righteous" and "good." To be "righteous" is to direct the will in obedience to an external standard; to be "good" is to have a natural goodness, especially kindness or benevolence of disposition. But this distinction is not insisted upon here. The two words are used almost convertibly.



Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
[It is] rare
μόλις (molis)
Adverb
Strong's 3433: With difficulty, hardly, scarcely. Probably by variation for mogis; with difficulty.

indeed
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

[for] anyone
τις (tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

to die
ἀποθανεῖται (apothaneitai)
Verb - Future Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 599: To be dying, be about to die, wither, decay. From apo and thnesko; to die off.

for
ὑπὲρ (hyper)
Preposition
Strong's 5228: Gen: in behalf of; acc: above.

a righteous [man],
δικαίου (dikaiou)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 1342: From dike; equitable; by implication, innocent, holy.

though
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

for
ὑπὲρ (hyper)
Preposition
Strong's 5228: Gen: in behalf of; acc: above.

a good [man]
ἀγαθοῦ (agathou)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 18: A primary word; 'good'.

someone
τις (tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

{might} possibly
τάχα (tacha)
Adverb
Strong's 5029: Quickly, presently, perhaps. As if neuter plural of tachus; shortly, i.e. possibly.

dare
τολμᾷ (tolma)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 5111: To dare, endure, be bold, have courage, make up the mind. From tolma; to venture; by implication, to be courageous.

to die.
ἀποθανεῖν (apothanein)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's 599: To be dying, be about to die, wither, decay. From apo and thnesko; to die off.


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