The “Many” of Romans 5:15

When Paul uses the expression “many,” he is not intending to delimit the denotation. The scope of “many” must be the same as the “all men” of verses 12 and 18. He uses “many” here, as in verse 19, for the purpose of contrasting more effectively “one” and “many,” singularity and plurality – it was the trespass of one … but “many” died as a result.

John Murray
Epistle of Paul to the Romans

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