Romans 8:36 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 8:36, NIV: As it is written: 'For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.'

Romans 8:36, ESV: As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

Romans 8:36, KJV: As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Romans 8:36, NASB: Just as it is written: 'FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE KILLED ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE REGARDED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED.'

Romans 8:36, NLT: (As the Scriptures say, 'For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.')

Romans 8:36, CSB: As it is written:Because of youwe are being put to death all day long;we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered.

What does Romans 8:36 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse is a quote from Psalm 44:22. Paul has movingly written that nothing which can happen to us could separate us from Christ's love for us. Struggles in this life are not a sign that God has abandoned us; they are hardships He works to see us through (Hebrews 12:3–11). By quoting this from the Psalms, Paul is showing that God's people have faced persecution and hardship for generations.

Paul wants the Christians in Rome to have the right perspective on the circumstances of their daily lives. Whether or not they experienced hard times or good times, it does not change whether God loves them or not. Paul has made it clear that God's love is absolute, and God will fulfill His purpose for them: He will succeed in bringing them to glory. Now he seems to want them to be ready for trouble on this side of eternity. They should not be surprised when it comes. In fact, they should be ready to be killed, slaughtered like sheep, for Christ's sake, if that's what it comes to (John 6:1–2; 16:33).