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Romans 1:31

"without understanding, untrustworthyG802, unloving, unmerciful;" (NASB)
"Without understanding, covenantbreakersG802, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:" (KJV)
"They refuse to understand, break their promisesG802, are heartless, and have no mercy." (NLT)
"senseless, covenant-breakersG802, heartless, ruthless." (NET)

"Without understanding," how can we be anything else but covenant-breakers?  In the flesh we are the diametric opposite of God. Everything He is, we are not! We fool ourselves into thinking that this "marred visage" can be good and righteous but alas we are "treacherous to compacts, and covenant-breakers."  Here we can see the result of the wrath of God inflicted against our sin. Not in the way you might think.  Rather by the enforcement of His Divine Law.  Sin has a reward! One of the more obvious manifestations of this in our world today is the lack of affection of mothers for their children.  We now have laws to allow the mother of unwanted children to leave them at the fire station with now questions asked.  Yet we still hear of newborn children left in trash bins and toilets. 

How precious indeed it is that our "sins are forgiven for the sake of Christ." (John 2:12 GNB)  Each day I must recognize that my sinful human nature will try to assert itself "without understanding" for it has never changed.  Only in the spirit may Christ give me the victory!  Dear Heavenly Father what joy there is in knowing Christ my Savior!  What comfort there is in walking in His presence!  For Christ is the "Pearl of Great Price," and His fellowship is the eternal gift that transforms my anguished heart! 

G802
ασυ?νθετος
asunthetos
as-oon'-thet-os
From G1 (as a negative particle) and a derivative of G4934; properly not agreed, that is, treacherous to compacts: - covenant-breaker

Covenant
COVENANT, n. [L, to come; a coming together; a meeting or agreement of minds.]

1. A mutual consent or agreement of two or more persons, to do or to forbear some act or thing; a contract; stipulation. A covenant is created by deed in writing, sealed and executed; or it may be implied in the contract.
2. A writing containing the terms of agreement or contract between parties; or the clause of agreement in a deed containing the covenant.
3. In theology, the covenant of works, is that implied in the commands, prohibitions, and promises of God; the promise of God to man, that mans perfect obedience should entitle him to happiness. This do, and live; that do, and die.

The covenant of redemption, is the mutual agreement between the Father and Son, respecting the redemption of sinners by Christ.

The covenant of grace, is that by which God engages to bestow salvation on man, upon the condition that man shall believe in Christ and yield obedience to the terms of the gospel.

4. In church affairs, a solemn agreement between the members of a church, that they will walk together according to the precepts of the gospel, in brotherly affection.

COVENANT, v.i. To enter into a formal agreement; to stipulate; to bind ones self by contract. A covenants with B to convey to him a certain estate. When the terms are expressed ti has for before the thing or price.

They covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. Mat 26.

COMPACT, n. An agreement; a contract between parties; a word that may be applied, in a general sense, to any covenant or contract between individuals; but it is more generally applied to agreements between nations and states, as treaties and confederacies. So the constitution of the United States is a political contract between the States; a national compact. Or the word is applied to the agreement of the individuals of a community.

Treacherously
TREACHEROUSLY, adv. trech'erously. By violating allegiance or faith pledged; by betraying a trust; faithlessly; perfidiously; as, to surrender a fort to an enemy treacherously; to disclose a secret treacherously.

You treacherously practic'd to undo me.

Treacherousness
TREACHEROUSNESS, n. trech'erousness. Breach of allegiance or of faith; faithlessness; perfidiousness.

Perfidious
PERFID'IOUS, a. [L. perfidus; per and fidus, faithful. Per in this word signifies through, beyond, or by, aside.]

1. Violating good faith or vows; false to trust or confidence reposed; treacherous; as a perfidious agent; a perfidious friend. [See Perfidy.]

2. Proceeding from treachery, or consisting in breach of faith; as a perfidious act.

3. Guilty of violated allegiance; as a perfidious citizen; a man perfidious to his country.

Romans 1:31

"without understanding, untrustworthyG802, unloving, unmerciful;" (NASB)
"Without understanding, covenantbreakersG802, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:" (KJV)
"They refuse to understand, break their promisesG802, are heartless, and have no mercy." (NLT)
"senseless, covenant-breakersG802, heartless, ruthless." (NET)

"Without understanding," how can we be anything else but covenant-breakers?  In the flesh we are the diametric opposite of God. Everything He is, we are not! We fool ourselves into thinking that this "marred visage" can be good and righteous but alas we are "treacherous to compacts, and covenant-breakers."  Here we can see the result of the wrath of God inflicted against our sin. Not in the way you might think.  Rather by the enforcement of His Divine Law.  Sin has a reward! One of the more obvious manifestations of this in our world today is the lack of affection of mothers for their children.  We now have laws to allow the mother of unwanted children to leave them at the fire station with now questions asked.  Yet we still hear of newborn children left in trash bins and toilets. 

How precious indeed it is that our "sins are forgiven for the sake of Christ." (John 2:12 GNB)  Each day I must recognize that my sinful human nature will try to assert itself "without understanding" for it has never changed.  Only in the spirit may Christ give me the victory!  Dear Heavenly Father what joy there is in knowing Christ my Savior!  What comfort there is in walking in His presence!  For Christ is the "Pearl of Great Price," and His fellowship is the eternal gift that transforms my anguished heart! 

G802
ασυ?νθετος
asunthetos
as-oon'-thet-os
From G1 (as a negative particle) and a derivative of G4934; properly not agreed, that is, treacherous to compacts: - covenant-breaker

Covenant
COVENANT, n. [L, to come; a coming together; a meeting or agreement of minds.]

1. A mutual consent or agreement of two or more persons, to do or to forbear some act or thing; a contract; stipulation. A covenant is created by deed in writing, sealed and executed; or it may be implied in the contract.
2. A writing containing the terms of agreement or contract between parties; or the clause of agreement in a deed containing the covenant.
3. In theology, the covenant of works, is that implied in the commands, prohibitions, and promises of God; the promise of God to man, that mans perfect obedience should entitle him to happiness. This do, and live; that do, and die.

The covenant of redemption, is the mutual agreement between the Father and Son, respecting the redemption of sinners by Christ.

The covenant of grace, is that by which God engages to bestow salvation on man, upon the condition that man shall believe in Christ and yield obedience to the terms of the gospel.

4. In church affairs, a solemn agreement between the members of a church, that they will walk together according to the precepts of the gospel, in brotherly affection.

COVENANT, v.i. To enter into a formal agreement; to stipulate; to bind ones self by contract. A covenants with B to convey to him a certain estate. When the terms are expressed ti has for before the thing or price.

They covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. Mat 26.

COMPACT, n. An agreement; a contract between parties; a word that may be applied, in a general sense, to any covenant or contract between individuals; but it is more generally applied to agreements between nations and states, as treaties and confederacies. So the constitution of the United States is a political contract between the States; a national compact. Or the word is applied to the agreement of the individuals of a community.

Treacherously
TREACHEROUSLY, adv. trech'erously. By violating allegiance or faith pledged; by betraying a trust; faithlessly; perfidiously; as, to surrender a fort to an enemy treacherously; to disclose a secret treacherously.

You treacherously practic'd to undo me.

Treacherousness
TREACHEROUSNESS, n. trech'erousness. Breach of allegiance or of faith; faithlessness; perfidiousness.

Perfidious
PERFID'IOUS, a. [L. perfidus; per and fidus, faithful. Per in this word signifies through, beyond, or by, aside.]

1. Violating good faith or vows; false to trust or confidence reposed; treacherous; as a perfidious agent; a perfidious friend. [See Perfidy.]

2. Proceeding from treachery, or consisting in breach of faith; as a perfidious act.

3. Guilty of violated allegiance; as a perfidious citizen; a man perfidious to his country.



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