Romans 2:16

16 This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.

Romans 2:16 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
English Standard Version (ESV)
16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.
New Living Translation (NLT)
16 And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life.
The Message Bible (MSG)
16 Their response to God's yes and no will become public knowledge on the day God makes his final decision about every man and woman. The Message from God that I proclaim through Jesus Christ takes into account all these differences.
American Standard Version (ASV)
16 in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men, according to my gospel, by Jesus Christ.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
16 This happens as they face the day when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge people's secret thoughts. He will use the Good News that I am spreading to make that judgment.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
16 on the day when God judges what people have kept secret, according to my gospel through Christ Jesus.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
16 People will be judged on the day God appoints Jesus Christ to judge their secret thoughts. That's part of my good news.

Romans 2:16 Meaning and Commentary

Romans 2:16

In the day when God shall judge
These words are to be read in connection with ( Romans 2:13 ) , and express the time when both Jews and Gentiles will be judged, called a "day", both because of the clearness and evidence of the judgment that will be made, and because a certain time is fixed, though not known, which will surely come; also the matter of the judgment, which will be,

the secrets of men:
whether good or bad, which are only known to God and themselves, and which may have been done ignorantly by them; "for God shall bring every work into judgment with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil", ( Ecclesiastes 12:14 ) , which is so interpreted by the Jews F20,

``when R. Jochanan came to that Scripture, he wept; "for God shall bring every work into judgment with every secret thing";''

upon which the gloss says, yea, for those things which are hidden from him, which he has committed through ignorance, will he bring him into judgment; everything, even the least thing in a literal sense, but not for such silly trifling things they mention in the same place; doubtless the Holy Ghost means the secrets of men's hearts and actions, and the hidden things of darkness which are contrary to the holy law of God. The person by whom this awful judgment will be carried on is,

Jesus Christ;
to whom all judgment is committed, who is ordained Judge of quick and dead, and is every way fit for that office, being God as well as man, and so both omniscient and omnipotent: and this the apostle says will be,

according to my Gospel;
his meaning is not that the Gospel will be the, rule of judgment, because he speaking of the judgment of the Gentiles, as well as of the Jews, who never heard of the Gospel; but that what he had said concerning a day of judgment, of Christ's being the Judge, and of God's judging by him the secrets of men, were as true and as certain as the Gospel which he preached was; and was "conformable", or agreeable to it, as the Arabic version reads it, and might be learned and proved from it. This he calls, "my Gospel"; not because the author or subject of it; but because it was committed to his trust and was preached by him; and in opposition to, and to distinguish it from the Gospel of the false apostles. Eusebius says {u}, that the Apostle Paul had used to call the Gospel according to Luke his Gospel, and that it is said, that whenever he makes mention of his Gospel, he designs that.


F20 T. Bab. Chagigah, fol. 5. 1.
F21 Eccles. Hist. l. 3. c. 4. p. 73.

Romans 2:16 In-Context

14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law.
15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.)
16 This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.
17 Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and boast in God;
18 if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law;

Cross References 3

  • 1. Ecclesiastes 12:14; 1 Corinthians 4:5
  • 2. Acts 10:42
  • 3. Romans 16:25; 2 Timothy 2:8
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