The power of sin (Rom 3:9)

“What then?”

Are we any better off?

Not at all!

We have already charged

That all men,

Both Jews

And Greeks,

Are under

The power of sin.”

Τί οὖν; προεχόμεθα; οὐ πάντως· προῃτιασάμεθα γὰρ Ἰουδαίους τε καὶ Ἕλληνας πάντας ὑφ’ ἁμαρτίαν εἶναι,

Paul asked. “What then (Τί οὖν)?  Are we any better off (προεχόμεθα)?  Not at all (οὐ πάντως)!  We have already charged (προῃτιασάμεθα) that all men (πάντας), both Jews (γὰρ Ἰουδαίους τε) and Greeks (καὶ Ἕλληνας), are under the power of sin (ὑφ’ ἁμαρτίαν εἶναι).  Only the Pauline letters used these words προεχόμεθα, that means to hold before, excel, surpass, or have preeminence, and the word προῃτιασάμεθα, that means to accuse beforehand or make a prior accusation.  Paul wanted to know if they, the Jews or the Christian followers of Jesus, were any better off than other people?  He answered his own question by saying not at all.  He had already said that all humans are sinners, whether they were Jews or Greeks.  No one was exempt from the power of sin.  Do you understand the power of sin?

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