Romans 5:6-8 (New International Version
” 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ”
Romans 5:6-8 (King James Verion)
“6For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Note that in New International Version Romans 5:8, its says “But God demonstrates his own love” but in King James Version Romans 5:8, it says “But God commendeth his love toward us”.
Commmendeth is a archaic verb (Third-person singular simple present indicative form), which its etymology is commend + eth.
mid-14c., comenden, from L. commendare “to commit to the care or keeping (of someone), to entrust to; to commit to writing;” hence “to set off, render agreeable, praise,” from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + mandare “to commit to one’s charge” (see mandate). In some senses, a shortening of recommend.
In this case, its meaning is “commit to the care or keeping(on someone)”. Commendeth is used as God committing his love towards us in Romans 5:8 King James Version.
The Amplified Bible is more clear about Romans 5:8.
“8But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.”
Note it says “God shows and clearly proves His [own] love” in the Amplified Bible.
It is clearer to say that
God shows and clearly proves His own love by the fact that Christ died for us, while we were still sinners. (Amplified Bible reordered)
The message of Romans 5:6-8 is powerful.
Just at the right time, Jesus died for our sins, and it was a demonstration of God’s great love for us.
Verse 5:7 says “7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.” Jesus didn’t die for righteous people’s sake. He died for sinners like me. Isn’t it powerful that Jesus died for SINNERS?
Tsubasa Kato 5/23/2011