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29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers,  


Paul now launched into a delineated list of 21 sins. These sins are in addition to the sin of homosexuality. This list gives a general picture of people who reject God and His revelation. These sins are the consequence of unbelief. Failure to respond to God’s revelation brings on destructive evils of 21 different kinds, ranging from envy to murder.

being filled with all

A new vacuum displaced God’s revelation. People became “filled full” (perfect tense—completed action with present results) of various sins. They were not half-hearted in their sin but completely given to it. The Greek word also carries the idea of fill to the brim. Their lives were stuffed with the following sins.


“Unrighteousness” is a comprehensive term for sin. This is the word used in verse 18 of those who suppress the truth in unrighteousness. God is the one who determines what is “right,” but “unrighteousness” is determined by those who do not know God or accept His revelation.

Unrighteousness does not conform to justice or to God. It is out of harmony with what is right. It is the polar opposite to righteousness. This word was used for the injustice of a judge.


Unrighteous people rob others of their rights.


Unrighteous people do not give others (whether people or God) their due. This places the unrighteous person in the center of the universe.