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Romans 3:3 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For what if some were without faith? shall their want of faith make of none effect the faithfulness of God?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For what if some did not believe? will their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— For what? if some have not believed, shall their unbelief make the faith of God of none effect?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— For what? If some distrusted, shall their distrust make, the trust of God, void?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— for what, if certain were faithless? shall their faithlessness the faithfulness of god make useless?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For what if some of them have not believed? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid!
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For what if some did not beleeue? shall their vnbeliefe make the faith of God without effect?
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— For if some of them believed not, would their unbelief abolish the faithfulness of Aloha?
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— For if some of them have not believed, have they, by their not believing, made the faith of God inefficient?

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 1063
{1063} Prime
γάρ
gar
{gar}
A primary particle; properly assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles).
what 5101
{5101} Prime
τίς
tis
{tis}
Probably emphatic of G5100; an interrogitive pronoun, who, which or what (in direct or indirect questions).
if 1487
{1487} Prime
εἰ
ei
{i}
A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.
some 5100
{5100} Prime
τὶς
tis
{tis}
An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.
did not believe? 569
{0569} Prime
ἀπιστέω
apisteo
{ap-is-teh'-o}
From G0571; to be unbelieving, that is, (transitively) disbelieve, or (by implication) disobey.
z5656
<5656> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2319
y3361
[3361] Standard
μή
me
{may}
A primary particle of qualified negation (whereas G3756 expresses an absolute denial); (adverbially) not, (conjugationally) lest; also (as interrogitive implying a negative answer [whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one]); whether.
shall y2673
[2673] Standard
καταργέω
katargeo
{kat-arg-eh'-o}
From G2596 and G0691; to be (render) entirely idle (useless), literally or figuratively.
z0
<0000> Grammar
The original word in the Greek or Hebrew is translated by more than one word in the English. The English translation is separated by one or more other words from the original.
their y846
[0846] Standard
αὐτός
autos
{ow-tos'}
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
x848
(0848) Complement
αὑτοῦ
hautou
{how-too'}
Contraction for G1438; self (in some oblique case or reflexive relation).
unbelief 570
{0570} Prime
ἀπιστία
apistia
{ap-is-tee'-ah}
From G0571; faithlessness, that is, (negatively) disbelief (want of Christian faith), or (positively) unfaithfulness (disobedience).
x3361
(3361) Complement
μή
me
{may}
A primary particle of qualified negation (whereas G3756 expresses an absolute denial); (adverbially) not, (conjugationally) lest; also (as interrogitive implying a negative answer [whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one]); whether.
make y2673
[2673] Standard
καταργέω
katargeo
{kat-arg-eh'-o}
From G2596 and G0691; to be (render) entirely idle (useless), literally or figuratively.
z0
<0000> Grammar
The original word in the Greek or Hebrew is translated by more than one word in the English. The English translation is separated by one or more other words from the original.
the faith y4102
[4102] Standard
πίστις
pistis
{pis'-tis}
From G3982; persuasion, that is, credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession; by extension the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself.
of God y2316
[2316] Standard
θεός
theos
{theh'-os}
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
without effect? 2673
{2673} Prime
καταργέω
katargeo
{kat-arg-eh'-o}
From G2596 and G0691; to be (render) entirely idle (useless), literally or figuratively.
z5692
<5692> Grammar
Tense - Future (See G5776)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 814
x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
x4102
(4102) Complement
πίστις
pistis
{pis'-tis}
From G3982; persuasion, that is, credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession; by extension the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself.
x2316
(2316) Complement
θεός
theos
{theh'-os}
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Romans 3:3-4

_ _ For what if some did not believe? — It is the unbelief of the great body of the nation which the apostle points at; but as it sufficed for his argument to put the supposition thus gently, he uses this word “some” to soften prejudice.

_ _ shall their unbelief make the faith of God — or, “faithfulness of God.”

_ _ of none effect? — “nullify,” “invalidate” it.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Romans 3:1-18.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Romans 3:3

Shall their unbelief disannul the faithfulness of God — Will he not still make good his promises to them that do believe?

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Romans 3:3

For what if some did not (c) believe? shall their unbelief make the (d) faith of God without effect?

(c) Break the covenant.

(d) The faith that God gave.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
if some:

Romans 9:6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they [are] not all Israel, which are of Israel:
Romans 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
Romans 11:1-7 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, [of] the tribe of Benjamin. ... What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded
Hebrews 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard [it].

shall:

Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God [are] without repentance.
Numbers 23:19 God [is] not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do [it]? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
1 Samuel 15:29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he [is] not a man, that he should repent.
Isaiah 54:9-10 For this [is as] the waters of Noah unto me: for [as] I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. ... For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.
Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.
Isaiah 65:15-16 And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name: ... That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.
Jeremiah 33:24-26 Considerest thou not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families which the LORD hath chosen, he hath even cast them off? thus they have despised my people, that they should be no more a nation before them. ... Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob, and David my servant, [so] that I will not take [any] of his seed [to be] rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them.
Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
2 Timothy 2:13 If we believe not, [yet] he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
Hebrews 6:13-18 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, ... That by two immutable things, in which [it was] impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

faith:

Psalms 84:7 They go from strength to strength, [every one of them] in Zion appeareth before God.
John 1:16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
Titus 1:1-2 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; ... In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
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Nu 23:19. 1S 15:29. Ps 84:7. Is 54:9; 55:11; 65:15. Jr 33:24. Mt 24:35. Jn 1:16. Ro 9:6; 10:16; 11:1, 29. 2Co 3:18. 2Th 1:3. 2Ti 2:13. Tit 1:1. He 4:2; 6:13.

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