Romans 2:8

8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.

Romans 2:8 in Other Translations

KJV
8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
ESV
8 but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.
NLT
8 But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness.
MSG
8 but to those who insist on getting their own way and take the path of least resistance, Fire!
CSB
8 but wrath and indignation to those who are self-seeking and disobey the truth, but are obeying unrighteousness;

Romans 2:8 Meaning and Commentary

Romans 2:8

But unto them that are contentious
This is a description of the other sort of persons to whom God will render according to their deeds, "who are of the contention"; who contend for victory, and not truth; strive about words to no profit; are quarrelsome, and sow discord among men, and in churches;

and do not obey the truth;
neither attend to the light of nature, and to that which may be known of God by it; nor regard and submit to the Gospel revelation and so design both the Gentiles, which knew not God, and Jews, and others, who obey not the Gospel:

but obey unrighteousness;
are servants of sin: to these God renders

indignation and wrath;
wrathful or fiery indignation, the hottest of his fury.

Romans 2:8 In-Context

6 God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”
7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.
8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.
9 There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile;
10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

Cross References 2

  • 1. 2 Thessalonians 2:12
  • 2. Ezekiel 22:31