Can good come from evil? (Rom 3:8)

“Why not say.

Let us do evil

So that good may come?

Some people

Slander us

By affirming

That we say this.

Their condemnation is just.”

καὶ μὴ καθὼς βλασφημούμεθα καὶ καθώς φασίν τινες ἡμᾶς λέγειν ὅτι Ποιήσωμεν τὰ κακὰ ἵνα ἔλθῃ τὰ ἀγαθά; ὧν τὸ κρίμα ἔνδικόν ἐστιν.

Paul asked why not say (καὶ μὴ), let us do evil (ὅτι Ποιήσωμεν τὰ κακὰ), so that good may come of it (ἵνα ἔλθῃ τὰ ἀγαθά).  Some people slander them (καθὼς βλασφημούμεθα) by affirming (καὶ καθώς φασίν) that they say this (τινες ἡμᾶς λέγειν).  Their condemnation is just (ὧν τὸ κρίμα ἔνδικόν ἐστιν).  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἔνδικόν, that means righteous or just.  Paul said that people had wrongly accused him and his followers of saying that why not do evil so that good can come of it?  They ought to be justly condemned, because he had never said that and it is wrong.  If they had said to do evil so that good can come of it, they would be rightly condemned for saying that.  Did you ever say that good can come from evil?

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