Romans 1:32

32 Though they know 1God's decree that those who practice such things 2deserve to die, they not only do them but 3give approval to those who practice them.

Romans 1:32 Meaning and Commentary

Romans 1:32

Who knowing the judgment of God
Either of the law of God, the law and light of nature, by which they might in some measure know the difference between good and evil, and what was right and wrong; or the judiciary sentence of God against sin:

that they which commit such things are worthy of death;
at least of corporeal death:

not only do the same, but have pleasure in those that do them;
all which greatly aggravated their wickedness, since they sinned against light and knowledge, with approbation and good liking of their own sins, and took pleasure in the sins of others. The Jews have a saying {p},

``that no man is suspected of a thing but he has done it; and if he has not done the whole of it, he has done part of it, and if he has not done part of it, he has thought in his heart to do it, and if he has not thought in his heart to do it, (xmvw wvev Myrxa har) , "he has seen others do it, and has rejoiced".''

And if such a man is a wicked man, how much more wicked are such who commit sin themselves, and delight in the sins of others? now from this whole account we see the insufficiency of the light of nature to guide persons in the way of salvation; what need there was of a divine revelation; and how impossible it is that such men should ever be justified before God, by any works of seeming righteousness done by them; which the apostle had in view, in giving this account of the depraved nature and conduct of the Gentiles, and of those among them who professed to be, and were the wisest and most knowing of them.


FOOTNOTES:

F16 T. Bab. Moed Katon, fol. 18. 2.

Romans 1:32 In-Context

30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,
31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.
32 Though they know God's decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Romans 2:26; Romans 8:4
  • 2. Romans 6:21
  • 3. Luke 11:48; Acts 8:1; Acts 22:20; [1 Corinthians 13:6; 2 Thessalonians 2:12]