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KJ21

For He hath made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

ASV

Him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

AMP

He made Christ who knew no sin to [judicially] be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God [that is, we would be made acceptable to Him and placed in a right relationship with Him by His gracious lovingkindness].

AMPC

For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness].

BRG

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

CSB

He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

CEB

God caused the one who didn’t know sin to be sin for our sake so that through him we could become the righteousness of God.

CJB

God made this sinless man be a sin offering on our behalf, so that in union with him we might fully share in God’s righteousness.”

CEV

Christ never sinned! But God treated him as a sinner, so Christ could make us acceptable to God.

DARBY

Him who knew not sin he has made sin for us, that *we* might become God's righteousness in him.

DLNT

He made the One not having known sin to be sin for us, in order that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”...

ERV

Christ had no sin, but God made him become sin so that in Christ we could be right with God.

EASY

Christ never did any wrong thing, but God punished him as if he had. He died as punishment for our sins. As a result, we become right with God when we belong to Christ. We become right, because he is right.

EHV

God made him, who did not know sin, to become sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

ESV

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

ESVUK

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

EXB

God made ·Christ [L the one] who ·had no sin [or never sinned; L did not know sin] to become sin for us, so that in ·Christ [L him] we could become ·right with [L the righteousness of] God.

GNV

For he hath made him to be sin for us, which knew no sin, that we should be made the righteousness of God in him.

GW

God had Christ, who was sinless, take our sin so that we might receive God’s approval through him.

GNT

Christ was without sin, but for our sake God made him share our sin in order that in union with him we might share the righteousness of God.

HCSB

He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

ICB

Christ had no sin. But God made him become sin. God did this for us so that in Christ we could become right with God.

ISV

God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that God’s righteousness would be produced in us.

PHILLIPS

This means that our knowledge of men can no longer be based on their outward lives (indeed, even though we knew Christ as a man we do not know him like that any longer). For if a man is in Christ he becomes a new person altogether—the past is finished and gone, everything has become fresh and new. All this is God’s doing, for he has reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ; and he has made us agents of the reconciliation. God was in Christ personally reconciling the world to himself—not counting their sins against them—and has commissioned us with the message of reconciliation. We are now Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were appealing direct to you through us. As his personal representatives we say, “Make your peace with God.” For God caused Christ, who himself knew nothing of sin, actually to be sin for our sakes, so that in Christ we might be made good with the goodness of God.

JUB

For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

KJV

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

AKJV

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

LSB

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

LEB

He made the one who did not know sin to be sin on our behalf, in order that we could become the righteousness of God in him.

TLB

For God took the sinless Christ and poured into him our sins. Then, in exchange, he poured God’s goodness into us!

MSG

How? you ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.

MEV

God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

MOUNCE

He made him who knew no sin to be a sin-offering for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

NOG

God had Christ, who was sinless, take our sin so that we might receive God’s approval through him.

NABRE

For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

NASB

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin in our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

NASB1995

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

NCB

He made him who did not know sin to be sin for our sake, so that through him we might become the righteousness of God.

NCV

Christ had no sin, but God made him become sin so that in Christ we could become right with God.

NET

God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God.

NIRV

Christ didn’t have any sin. But God made him become sin for us. So we can be made right with God because of what Christ has done for us.

NIV

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

NIVUK

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

NKJV

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

NLV

Christ never sinned but God put our sin on Him. Then we are made right with God because of what Christ has done for us.

NLT

For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

NMB

For he has made him who knew no sin to be a sin offering for us, so that we, by means of him, should be that righteousness which is accepted before God.

NRSVA

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

NRSVACE

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

NRSVCE

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

NRSVUE

For our sake God made the one who knew no sin to be sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

NTFE

The Messiah did not know sin, but God made him to be sin on our behalf, so that in him we might embody God’s faithfulness to the covenant.

OJB

The one who in his person had no da’as of chattat (sin) [Ac 3:14; Yn 8:46; MJ 4:15; 7:26; 1K 2:22; 1Y 3:5], this one Hashem made a chattat sin offering [Ga 3:13; YESHAYAH 53:10; VAYIKRA 4:24 TARGUM HASHIVIM] on our behalf that we might become the Tzidkat Hashem [DANIEL 9:24] in Moshiach. [1C 1:30; Pp 3:9] [T.N. In this next chapter Rav Sha’ul warns against associations or worldly influences or fascinations that will contaminate the believer, who should not think he can have both the world’s evil pleasures and the House of G-d’s holy chelek.]

RGT

For He has made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we should be made the righteousness of God in Him.

RSV

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

RSVCE

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

TLV

He made the One who knew no sin to become a sin offering on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

VOICE

He orchestrated this: the Anointed One, who had never experienced sin, became sin for us so that in Him we might embody the very righteousness of God.

WEB

For him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

WE

Christ did no wrong thing. But for our sake God put the blame for our wrong ways on Christ. So now God sees us as good, because we are in Christ.

WYC

God the Father made him sin for us, which knew not sin, that we should be made [the] rightwiseness of God in him.

YLT

for him who did not know sin, in our behalf He did make sin, that we may become the righteousness of God in him.

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