Romans 4:7

7 "Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered;

Romans 4:7 Meaning and Commentary

Romans 4:7

Saying, blessed are they
These words are cited from ( Psalms 32:1 ) , and contain the proof of the happiness of justified persons. In this citation the singular number is changed into the plural, to take in all sorts of men, Jews and Gentiles, and very agreeably to the sense of the original; for the word (yrva) may be rendered "blessed are they", or, "O the blessednesses"; that is, of everyone of them,

whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered:
such whom God justifies by imputing the righteousness of his Son to them, he removes their iniquities from them, which is meant by their being "forgiven", and that "as far as the east is from the west", ( Psalms 103:12 ) ; he casts them behind his back, ( Isaiah 38:17 ) , and into the depths of the sea, ( Micah 7:19 ) , so that they shall never be found more: such whom he clothes with the robe of righteousness, and garments of salvation, ( Isaiah 61:10 ) , "their sins are covered"; from the eye of divine justice, and shall never be seen more, or be brought against them to their condemnation, and therefore must be happy persons. The F5 Jews tell us, that

``on the day of atonement Satan comes to accuse Israel, and he particularizes their sins, and the holy blessed God he particularizes their good works, and takes a pair of balances, and puts their sins against their good works, and weighs the one against the other; and when the two scales of the balances are alike, Satan goes to bring in other sins to overweigh; what does the holy blessed God do? he takes the sins out of the scale, and hides them (wlv) (yryprwp txt) , "under his purple garment"; and when Satan comes and finds no iniquity there, as it is said "the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none", ( Jeremiah 50:20 ) ; and when Satan sees this, he says before him, Lord of the world, "thou hast taken away the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin", ( Psalms 85:2 ) . Selah.''

The purple garment they explain by (wlv Mymxr lv vwblm) , "his garment of mercy"; which is true of the mercy of God covering the sins of his people, through the purple blood of his Son; which is the purple covering of Christ, ( Song of Solomon 3:10 ) , under which the saints go safe to glory, and by which blood their crimson and scarlet sins are blotted out, so as never to be seen more.


F5 Caphtor, fol. 59. 1, 2.

Romans 4:7 In-Context

5 But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness.
6 So also David speaks of the blessedness of those to whom God reckons righteousness apart from works:
7 "Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered;
8 blessed is the one against whom the Lord will not reckon sin."
9 Is this blessedness, then, pronounced only on the circumcised, or also on the uncircumcised? We say, "Faith was reckoned to Abraham as righteousness."
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