For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 4 What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh? as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. 13 For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. So also David speaks of the blessedness of those to whom God reckons righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven, blessed is the one against whom the Lord will not reckon sin.”, Is this blessedness, then, pronounced only on the circumcised, or also on the uncircumcised? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? All rights reserved. How then was it reckoned to him? 14 If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 3 For what does the scripture say? 3 For what does the scripture say? 13 For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. Romans 4:1-17. For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 4 What then are we to say was gained by * Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh? For what does the scripture say? 6 So also David speaks of the blessedness of those to whom God reckons righteousness apart from works: 7 “Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven,    and whose sins are covered;8 blessed is the one against whom the Lord will not reckon sin.”. For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become “the father of many nations,” according to what was said, “So numerous shall your descendants be.”, He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already. ‘Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.’ 4 Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due. 15 For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation. Romans 3-4 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 3 Then what advantage has the Jew? 11 He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. Used by permission. 18 Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become “the father of many nations,” according to what was said, “So numerous shall your descendants be.” 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already[b] as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. Romans 4. For in the first place the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification. We say, “Faith was reckoned to Abraham as righteousness.” 10 How then was it reckoned to him? “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.”. All rights reserved. 4 What then are we to say was gained by[a] Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh? 4 By no means! Now the words, “it was reckoned to him,” were written not for his sake alone. Learn More About New Revised Standard Version. New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. It was not after, but before he was circumcised. New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1989 Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. 5 But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. Romans 4:13-25. 9 Is this blessedness, then, pronounced only on the circumcised, or also on the uncircumcised? 14 If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. Was it before or after he had been circumcised? being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 16 For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise … We say, “Faith was reckoned to Abraham as righteousness.”. Although everyone is a liar, let God be proved true, as it is written, The Example of Abraham. but for ours also. 3 What if some were unfaithful? He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the scripture say? 5 But to one who without … 22 Therefore his faith[c] “was reckoned to him as righteousness.” 23 Now the words, “it was reckoned to him,” were written not for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due. 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 20 No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.