PAUL THE APOSTLE
Romans 4 ©
1 The apostle proceeds and proves that a man is justified by faith, by the example of Abraham. 6 And by the example and testimony of David. 9 And declares from the circumstance of the time in which Abraham received the sign of circumcision, that righteousness by faith is imputed not only to the Jews but also to the Gentiles. 13 He proves the same also from the origin and firmness of the promises made to Abraham, that he should be heir of the world. 17 Afterwards describes the power and properties of Abraham’s faith. 22 And testifies that by this faith righteousness is imputed to him. 23 And that the same shall also after his example be imputed to them, who shall believe in God through Christ.
WHAT shall we say then thata Abraham our father, as 1pertaining to the flesh, 2hath found?
For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof 3to glory; 4but not before God.
For what saith the scripture? Abrahamb5believed God, and 6it was counted unto him for righteousness.
Now to him 7that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but 8of debt.
But to him 9that worketh not, but 10believeth on him that justifieth 11the ungodly, 12his faith is 13counted for righteousness.
Even as David also describeth the blessedness of 14the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
15Saying, Blessedcare they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
Cometh this 16blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.
How was it then reckoned? 17when he was in circumcision, or 18in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.
Andd he received 19the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be 20the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:
And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.
For the promise, that he should be 21the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, 22through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
Fore if they 23which are of the law be 24heirs, faith is made 25void, and the promise made 26of none effect:
Because the law 27worketh wrath: forf where 28no law is, there is 29no transgression.
Therefore 30it is 31of faith, that it might be 32by grace; to the end the promise might be 33sure to all the seed; not to that only which is 34of the law, but to that also which is 35of the faith of Abraham; whog is the father 36of us all,
(As it is written, Ih have made thee 37a father of many nations,) 38before him whom he believed, even God, 39who quickeneth the dead, and 40calleth those things which be not as though they were.
41Who 42against hope 43believed 44in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, 45Soi shall thy seed be.
And being not weak in faith, he considered 46not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet 47the deadness of Sara's womb:
Hej staggered not 48at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, 49giving glory to God;
Andk being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was 50able also to perform.
And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
51Nowl it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if 52we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
Who was 53delivered 54for our offences, and was raised again 55for our justification.