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It appears that the ESV et. al. are adding the word conflicting from how they see the thoughts acting. The notes on the NET Bible read : tn Grk "their conscience bearing witness and between the thoughts accusing or also defending one another." The NET also adds conflicting in its translation. ...their conscience bears witness and their conflicting ...


There is no conflict here as the ESV might appear to suggest. Most translations, however, render this verse very sensibly (e.g. NIV has "They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them"). The New Living Translation ...

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