Romans 6

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Romans 6
Papyrus 40, Fr. c - h.jpeg
Fragment c to h containing parts of the Epistle to the Romans in Papyrus 40, written about AD 250.
BookEpistle to the Romans
CategoryPauline epistles
Christian Bible partNew Testament
Order in the Christian part6

Romans 6 is the sixth chapter of the Epistle to the Romans in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It is authored by Paul the Apostle, while he was in Corinth in the mid 50s CE,[1] with the help of an amanuensis (secretary), Tertius, who adds his own greeting in Romans 16:22.[2] In this chapter, it is shown that the Christian, in baptism, dies to sin.[3]


The original text was written in Koine Greek. This chapter is divided into 23 verses.

Textual versions[edit]

Some early manuscripts containing this chapter are:

New Testament references[edit]

The Bearing of Justification by Grace upon a Holy Life[edit]

From the beginning of this chapter, Paul addresses the 'plausible objection' [4] that Christians should "continue in sin, that grace may abound" (Romans 6:1). In Romans 3:8, Paul had referred to slanderous reports to the effect that believers taught "Let us do evil that good may come". Similar indications can be found in Galatians 5:13, 1 Peter 2:16 and Jude 4.

Paul replies that believers should "certainly not (Greek: μη γενοιτο, mē genoito) continue in sin, that grace may abound" (Romans 6:2). The phrase μη γενοιτο is regularly used by Paul; it is used 10 times in this epistle as well as in his other writings.[5] The Pulpit Commentary describes the phrase as "Paul's usual way of rejecting an idea indignantly".[6] The phrase has been translated in various forms:

Verse 4[edit]

New King James Version

Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.[8]

Verse 23[edit]

New King James Version

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hill 2007, p. 1084.
  2. ^ Hill 2007, p. 1077.
  3. ^ Expositor's Greek Testament on Romans 6, accessed 12 September 2016
  4. ^ Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary on Romans 6, accessed 12 September 2016
  5. ^ Englishman's Concordance: γένοιτό (genoito), accessed 14 September 2016
  6. ^ Pulpit Commentary on Romans 6, accessed 14 September 2016
  7. ^ Matthew Henry's Commentary on Romans 6, accessed 14 September 2016
  8. ^ Romans 6:4
  9. ^ Romans 6:23


  • Coogan, Michael David (2007). Coogan, Michael David; Brettler, Marc Zvi; Newsom, Carol Ann; Perkins, Pheme (eds.). The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books: New Revised Standard Version, Issue 48 (Augmented 3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195288810.
  • Hill, Craig C. (2007). "64. Romans". In Barton, John; Muddiman, John (eds.). The Oxford Bible Commentary (first (paperback) ed.). Oxford University Press. pp. 1083–1108. ISBN 978-0199277186. Retrieved February 6, 2019.

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