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Romans 3:16 - A Crushing Path Bookmark

Romans 3:9-18  Here again is shown that all mankind are under the guilt of sin, as a burden; and under the government and dominion of sin, as enslaved to it, to work wickedness.  This is made plain by several passages of Scripture from the Old Testament, which describe the corrupt and depraved state of all men, till grace restrain or change them.  Great as our advantages are, these texts describe multitudes who call themselves Christians.  Their principles and conduct prove that there is no fear of God before their eyes.  And where no fear of God is, no good is to be looked for.  Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

"DESTRUCTION AND MISERY ARE IN THEIR PATHS," (NASB)

"Destruction and misery are in their ways:" (KJV)

"Destruction and misery always follow them." (NLT)

"Ruin and misery are in their paths," (NET)

"You will be smashed like a piece of pottery—shattered so completely that there won't be a piece big enough to carry coals from a fireplace or a little water from the well." (Isaiah 30:14 NLT)

"Their feet run to do evil, and they rush to commit murder.  They think only about sinning.  Misery and destruction always follow them." (Isaiah 59:7 NLT)

G4938

συ?ντριμμα
súntrimma; gen. suntrímmatos, neut. noun from suntríbo? (G4937), to break into pieces, crush.  A crushing, fracture, breaking to pieces, destruction

Misery
MIS'ERY, n. s as z. [L. miseria.]

  1. Great unhappiness; extreme pain of body or mind. A man suffers misery from the gout, or from great afflictions, distress, calamity,and other evils. Misery expresses somewhat less than wretchedness.  Misery is as really the fruit of vice reigning in the heart, as tares are the produce of tares sown in the field.
  2. Calamity; misfortune; natural evils which are the cause of misery.  And mourn the miseries of human life.

No matter how you slice it, destruction and misery are the the Wrath of God inflicted by the weight of our very own sin!  We often think in terms of the clouds parting and fire raining down from above!  Yet the reality is that the Law of God (like the gravity of His creation) bring about the judgement at our own hand!  We are literally undone!  However, our reprobation holds us in this pit of destruction, we are helpless to act and unwilling to act.  What part of this life crushed by sin do we wish to cling?  Where is the visage not marred that we would want to keep it?  Yet the very hand that righteously condemns us, holds us safe against that day when we would believe (Jonathan Edwards, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God - paraphrase mine).

Romans 3:9-18  Here again is shown that all mankind are under the guilt of sin, as a burden; and under the government and dominion of sin, as enslaved to it, to work wickedness.  This is made plain by several passages of Scripture from the Old Testament, which describe the corrupt and depraved state of all men, till grace restrain or change them.  Great as our advantages are, these texts describe multitudes who call themselves Christians.  Their principles and conduct prove that there is no fear of God before their eyes.  And where no fear of God is, no good is to be looked for.  Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

"DESTRUCTION AND MISERY ARE IN THEIR PATHS," (NASB)

"Destruction and misery are in their ways:" (KJV)

"Destruction and misery always follow them." (NLT)

"Ruin and misery are in their paths," (NET)

"You will be smashed like a piece of pottery—shattered so completely that there won't be a piece big enough to carry coals from a fireplace or a little water from the well." (Isaiah 30:14 NLT)

"Their feet run to do evil, and they rush to commit murder.  They think only about sinning.  Misery and destruction always follow them." (Isaiah 59:7 NLT)

G4938

συ?ντριμμα
súntrimma; gen. suntrímmatos, neut. noun from suntríbo? (G4937), to break into pieces, crush.  A crushing, fracture, breaking to pieces, destruction

Misery
MIS'ERY, n. s as z. [L. miseria.]

  1. Great unhappiness; extreme pain of body or mind. A man suffers misery from the gout, or from great afflictions, distress, calamity,and other evils. Misery expresses somewhat less than wretchedness.  Misery is as really the fruit of vice reigning in the heart, as tares are the produce of tares sown in the field.
  2. Calamity; misfortune; natural evils which are the cause of misery.  And mourn the miseries of human life.

No matter how you slice it, destruction and misery are the the Wrath of God inflicted by the weight of our very own sin!  We often think in terms of the clouds parting and fire raining down from above!  Yet the reality is that the Law of God (like the gravity of His creation) bring about the judgement at our own hand!  We are literally undone!  However, our reprobation holds us in this pit of destruction, we are helpless to act and unwilling to act.  What part of this life crushed by sin do we wish to cling?  Where is the visage not marred that we would want to keep it?  Yet the very hand that righteously condemns us, holds us safe against that day when we would believe (Jonathan Edwards, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God - paraphrase mine).



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