Every Knee Shall Bow: What Does Romans 14:11 Mean?


Romans 14:11 reads, “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” King James Version (KJV)

TranslationRomans 14:11
ESVfor it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”
NASBfor it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”
NIVIt is written: “’As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’”
NLTFor the Scriptures say, “‘As surely as I live,’ says the LORD, ‘every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will declare allegiance to God.’”

Every Knee Shall Bow: Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

14:7-13 Though some are weak, and others are strong, yet all must agree not to live to themselves. No one who has given up his name to Christ, is allowedly a self-seeker; that is against true Christianity.

The business of our lives is not to please ourselves, but to please God. That is true Christianity, which makes Christ all in all.

Though Christians are of different strength, capacities, and practices in lesser things, yet they are all the Lord’s; all are looking and serving, and approving themselves to Christ. He is Lord of those that are living, to rule them; of those that are dead, to revive them, and raise them up.

Christians should not judge or despise one another, because both the one and the other must shortly give an account. A believing regard to the judgment of the great day, would silence rash judging.

Let every man search his own heart and life; he that is strict in judging and humbling himself, will not be apt to judge and despise his brother.

We must take heed of saying or doing things which may cause others to stumble or to fall. The one signifies a lesser, the other a greater degree of offence; that which may be an occasion of grief or of guilt to our brother.

Romans 14:11 | Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11, 12. For it is written—(Isa 45:23).

As I live, saith the Lord—Hebrew, Jehovah.

every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God—consequently, shall bow to the award of God upon their character and actions.

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