“while we were yet sinners”



Here, God's love towards us is demonstrated through the death of His son, Christ Jesus who died for our sins. His sacrifice was to save us and make us whole.

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“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

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Romans 5:8 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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But δὲ But, and, etc But
God θεὸς A deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; exceedingly (by Hebraism) God
commendeth συνίστησιν To set together, i.e., (by implication) to introduce (favorably), or (figuratively) to exhibit; intransitively, to stand near, or (figuratively) to constitute commendeth
his ἑαυτοῦ (him- her-, it-, them-, my-, thy-, our-, your-)self (selves), etc his
love ἀγάπην Love, i.e., affection or benevolence; specially (plural) a love-feast love
toward εἰς To or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases toward
us, ἡμᾶς Us us
in that, ὅτι Demonstrative, that (sometimes redundant); causative, because in that
while ὄντων Being while
we ἡμῶν Of (or from) us we
were ὄντων Being were
yet ἔτι "yet," still (of time or degree) yet
sinners, ἁμαρτωλῶν Sinful, i.e., a sinner sinners
Christ Χριστὸς Anointed, i.e., the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus Christ
died ἀπέθανεν To die off (literally or figuratively) died
for ὑπὲρ "over", i.e., (with the genitive case) of place, above, beyond, across, or causal, for the sake of, instead, regarding; with the accusative case superior to, more than for
us. ἡμῶν Of (or from) us us

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  • 6  For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

  • 7  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

  • 8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

  • 9  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

  • 10  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.


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