Romans 1:19

19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.

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Romans 1:19 in Other Translations

KJV
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
ESV
19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.
NLT
19 They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them.
MSG
19 But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is!
CSB
19 since what can be known about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to them.

Romans 1:19 Meaning and Commentary

Romans 1:19

Because that which may be known of God
There are some things which could not be known of God by the light of nature; as a trinity of persons in the Godhead; the knowledge of God in Christ as Mediator; the God-man and Mediator Jesus Christ; his incarnation, sufferings, death, and resurrection; the will of God to save sinners by a crucified Jesus; the several peculiar doctrines of the Gospel, particularly the resurrection of the dead, and the manner of worshipping of God with acceptance: but then there are some things which may be known of God, without a revelation. Adam had a perfect knowledge of him; and his sons, though fallen, even the very Heathens have some notion of him, as that there is a God; and by the light of nature it might be known that there is but one God, who is glorious, full of majesty, and possessed of all perfections, as that he is all powerful, wise, good and righteous: and this

is manifest in them,
or "to them"; by the light that is given them: it is light by which that which may be known of God is manifest; and this is the light of nature, which every man has that comes into the world; and this is internal, it is in him, in his mind and conscience, and is communicated to him by God, and that by infusion or inspiration; see ( Job 32:8 ) ;

for God hath showed [it] unto them;
what may be known of him by that light; and which is assisted and may be improved by a consideration of the works of creation and Providence.

Romans 1:19 In-Context

17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,
19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.
20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.

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