For 1the promise to Abraham and his offspring 2that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.
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3For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void.
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For 4the law brings wrath, but 5where there is no law 6there is no transgression.
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That is why it depends on faith, 7in order that the promise may rest on grace and 8be guaranteed to all his offspring--not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, 9who is the father of us all,
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as it is written, 10"I have made you the father of many nations"--in the presence of the God in whom he believed, 11who gives life to the dead and calls into existence 12the things that do not exist.
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In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, 13"So shall your offspring be."
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He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was 14as good as dead (15since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered 16the barrenness of Sarah's womb.
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No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God,
fully convinced that 17God was able to do what he had promised.
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That is why his faith was "counted to him as righteousness."
But 18the words "it was counted to him" were not written for his sake alone,
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but for ours also. It will be counted to us 19who believe in 20him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord,
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21who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised 22for our justification.
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