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Romans 1:30

"slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents," (NASB)
"Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents," (KJV)
"slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, contrivers of all sorts of evil, disobedient to parents," (NET)
"They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents." (NLT)

Invent (Noah Webster)
INVENT', v.t. [L. invenio, inventum; in and venio, to come; literally, to come to, to fall on, to meet, Eng. to find.]

1. To find out something new; to devise something not before known; to contrive and produce something that did not before exist; as, to invent a new instrument of music; to invent a machine for spinning; to invent gunpowder. [See Invention.]

2. To forge; to fabricate; to contrive falsely; as, to invent falsehoods.

3. To feign; to frame by the imagination; as, to invent the machinery of a poem.

4. To light on; to meet with. [This is the literal sense, but not now used.]

Contrive (Noah Webster)
CONTRIVE, v.t.

1. To invent; to devise; to plan.

Our poet has always some beautiful design, which he first establishes, and then contrives the means which will naturally conduct him to his end.

2. To wear out.

[This must be from the L. Contero, contrivi, and if the French controuver, and Italian controvare, are the same word differently applied, the primary sense is, to invent by rubbing, that is, by ruminating; or to strike out, as in forge.  But the word is probably from trouver, to find.]

CONTRIVE, v.i. To form or design; to plan; to scheme.

How shall we contrive to hide our shame? [This verb is really transitive, but followed by a verb, in the place of an object or name.]

Inventors of evil things - This doubtless refers to their seeking to find out new arts or plans to practice evil; new devices to gratify their lusts and passions; new forms of luxury, and vice, etc.  So intent were they on practicing evil, so resolved to gratify their passions, that the mind was excited to discover new modes of gratification.  In cities of luxury and vice, this has always been done.  Vices change their form, people become satiated, and they are obliged to resort to some new form.  The passions cease to be gratified with old forms of indulgence, and consequently people are obliged to resort to new devices to pamper their appetites, and to rekindle their dying passions to a flame.  This was eminently true of ancient Rome; a place where all the arts of luxury, all the devices of passion, all the designs of splendid gratification, were called forth to excite and pamper the evil passions of people.  Their splendid entertainments, their games, their theaters, their sports - cruel and bloody - were little else than new and ever-varying inventions of evil things to gratify the desires of lust and of pride.  Dr. Albert Barnes

Inventors of evil things - Εφευρετας κακων. Those who have invented destructive customs, rites, fashions, etc.; such as the different religious ceremonies among the Greeks and Romans - the orgies of Bacchus, the mysteries of Ceres, the lupercalia, feasts of the Bona Dea, etc., etc.  Multitudes of which evil things, destructive and abominable ceremonies, are to be found in every part of the heathen worship.  Dr. Adam Clark

Inventors of evil things (epheuretas kako?n).  Inventors of new forms of vice as Nero was.  Tacitus (Ann. IV. ii) describes Sejanus as facinorum omnium repertor and Virgil (Aen. ii. 163) scelerum inventor.  Dr. A.T. Robertson

When our lusts can no longer be satified by our current devices we create new ones.  Instead of using our minds for things worthy of praise we focus our efforts on the satiation of our hidden desires.  How great is the effect of God's abandonment and how visible is the reprobate mind that results.  Thus the Gift of Grace super abounds and the reason Paul feels indebted to the world becomes clear.  WE are lost a part from Grace daily working in our lives.

It is the nature of our fleshly heart to be inventors of evil! A hard truth but nevertheless true. The more we deny it the harder our walk! Why? Because when we deny the truth of Scripture, we call the God who wrote it a liar! I suspect that is why the Apostle John mentions this in his epistle. Thankfully we have the Holy Spirit to guide us in learning to agree with God so that we may step into the light of His Grace and find not only forgiveness but the renewing of our mind!

"If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that His word has no place in our hearts." (1 John 1:10 NLT)

Romans 1:30

"slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents," (NASB)
"Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents," (KJV)
"slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, contrivers of all sorts of evil, disobedient to parents," (NET)
"They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents." (NLT)

Invent (Noah Webster)
INVENT', v.t. [L. invenio, inventum; in and venio, to come; literally, to come to, to fall on, to meet, Eng. to find.]

1. To find out something new; to devise something not before known; to contrive and produce something that did not before exist; as, to invent a new instrument of music; to invent a machine for spinning; to invent gunpowder. [See Invention.]

2. To forge; to fabricate; to contrive falsely; as, to invent falsehoods.

3. To feign; to frame by the imagination; as, to invent the machinery of a poem.

4. To light on; to meet with. [This is the literal sense, but not now used.]

Contrive (Noah Webster)
CONTRIVE, v.t.

1. To invent; to devise; to plan.

Our poet has always some beautiful design, which he first establishes, and then contrives the means which will naturally conduct him to his end.

2. To wear out.

[This must be from the L. Contero, contrivi, and if the French controuver, and Italian controvare, are the same word differently applied, the primary sense is, to invent by rubbing, that is, by ruminating; or to strike out, as in forge.  But the word is probably from trouver, to find.]

CONTRIVE, v.i. To form or design; to plan; to scheme.

How shall we contrive to hide our shame? [This verb is really transitive, but followed by a verb, in the place of an object or name.]

Inventors of evil things - This doubtless refers to their seeking to find out new arts or plans to practice evil; new devices to gratify their lusts and passions; new forms of luxury, and vice, etc.  So intent were they on practicing evil, so resolved to gratify their passions, that the mind was excited to discover new modes of gratification.  In cities of luxury and vice, this has always been done.  Vices change their form, people become satiated, and they are obliged to resort to some new form.  The passions cease to be gratified with old forms of indulgence, and consequently people are obliged to resort to new devices to pamper their appetites, and to rekindle their dying passions to a flame.  This was eminently true of ancient Rome; a place where all the arts of luxury, all the devices of passion, all the designs of splendid gratification, were called forth to excite and pamper the evil passions of people.  Their splendid entertainments, their games, their theaters, their sports - cruel and bloody - were little else than new and ever-varying inventions of evil things to gratify the desires of lust and of pride.  Dr. Albert Barnes

Inventors of evil things - Εφευρετας κακων. Those who have invented destructive customs, rites, fashions, etc.; such as the different religious ceremonies among the Greeks and Romans - the orgies of Bacchus, the mysteries of Ceres, the lupercalia, feasts of the Bona Dea, etc., etc.  Multitudes of which evil things, destructive and abominable ceremonies, are to be found in every part of the heathen worship.  Dr. Adam Clark

Inventors of evil things (epheuretas kako?n).  Inventors of new forms of vice as Nero was.  Tacitus (Ann. IV. ii) describes Sejanus as facinorum omnium repertor and Virgil (Aen. ii. 163) scelerum inventor.  Dr. A.T. Robertson

When our lusts can no longer be satified by our current devices we create new ones.  Instead of using our minds for things worthy of praise we focus our efforts on the satiation of our hidden desires.  How great is the effect of God's abandonment and how visible is the reprobate mind that results.  Thus the Gift of Grace super abounds and the reason Paul feels indebted to the world becomes clear.  WE are lost a part from Grace daily working in our lives.

It is the nature of our fleshly heart to be inventors of evil! A hard truth but nevertheless true. The more we deny it the harder our walk! Why? Because when we deny the truth of Scripture, we call the God who wrote it a liar! I suspect that is why the Apostle John mentions this in his epistle. Thankfully we have the Holy Spirit to guide us in learning to agree with God so that we may step into the light of His Grace and find not only forgiveness but the renewing of our mind!

"If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that His word has no place in our hearts." (1 John 1:10 NLT)


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