I am happy for the 1871 publication date because I believe I'm accessing men whose mindsets predate
the tsunami of garbage-thinking that Darwin's Evolution has unleashed on our academic,
scientific, and literary world.
Regarding Romans 1:19-20 the JFB commentary
astutely, concisely, shows that God has placed the certain, intuitive, reality,
of God, INSIDE, INTERNAL, to our OWN breast.
Romans 1King James
1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated
unto the gospel of God,
2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)
3 Concerning his
Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
4 And declared to be the Son
of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
5 By whom we have received grace
and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:
6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:
7 To all that
be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
8 First, I thank
my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
9 For God is
my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my
request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.
11 For I long
to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;
12 That is, that
I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.
13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren,
that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as
among other Gentiles.
14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.
as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.
I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the
Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed
from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made,
even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and
their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made
like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the
natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman,
burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence
of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them
over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication,
wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding,
covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which
commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
3King James Version (KJV)
1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit
is there of circumcision?
2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.
3 For what if
some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?
4 God forbid: yea, let God
be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when
thou art judged.
5 But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous
who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man)
6 God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?
7 For if the truth
of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?
8 And not rather,
(as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is
then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under
it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after
are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
13 Their throat
is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
14 Whose mouth
is full of cursing and bitterness:
15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
16 Destruction and misery are
in their ways:
17 And the way of peace have they not known:
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
19 Now we know
that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the
world may become guilty before God.
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight:
for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested,
being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ
unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory
justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation
through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance
declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
27 Where is boasting
then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified
by faith without the deeds of the law.
29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the
30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through
we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
4King James Version (KJV)
1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father,
as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?
2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory;
but not before God.
3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
4 Now to him that
worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth
the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom
God imputeth righteousness without works,
7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose
sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
9 Cometh this blessedness then
upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.
10 How was it
then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.
11 And he received
the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be
the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:
12 And the father
of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father
Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.
13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not
to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
14 For if they which are of
the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:
15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law
is, there is no transgression.
16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise
might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham;
who is the father of us all,
17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him
whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
18 Who against
hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy
being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the
deadness of Sarah's womb:
20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory
being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
23 Now it was
not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed,
if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised
again for our justification.