Romans 2:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 2:5, NIV: "But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed."

Romans 2:5, ESV: "But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed."

Romans 2:5, KJV: "But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;"

Romans 2:5, NASB: "But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,"

Romans 2:5, NLT: "But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God's righteous judgment will be revealed."

Romans 2:5, CSB: "Because of your hardened and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath, when God's righteous judgment is revealed."

What does Romans 2:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul is calling out all those who sit in judgment—in their thoughts, words, and actions—over the sinfulness of others. In the previous chapter, Paul described in great detail how a refusal to acknowledge God leads to an avalanche of sinful lifestyle choices. In this chapter, Paul has clarified that all of us participate in sin. That error is not merely connected to those thought of as the most sinful in a particular culture.

To assume that God will not judge our own sinfulness, because He shows kindness to us in this moment, is a dangerous presumption. God's kindness now is meant to lead us to turn from our sin, not to continue in it. In fact, Paul now writes, those who refuse to repent from their sin are storing up God's wrath for ourselves. God will express that wrath on the "day of wrath," the day when His righteous judgment will be revealed.

None of us should make the mistake of thinking that just because our sins seem smaller, we will be saved from His wrath toward our sin. Nor can we assume that our relationship with God is more special than that of other people. On the contrary, as Paul is saying, all people are guilty and deserving of God's wrath. Our good deeds cannot and will not save us.

It's critically important to continue to follow Paul's train of thought in Romans. He's not done, yet. He will eventually show that there is, indeed, a way to be saved from God's wrath (Romans 3:22–25).