1What shall we saythen that Abrahamourfather, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found ?
2ForifAbraham were justifiedbyworks, he hath whereof to glory;butnotbeforeGod.3Forwhatsaith the scripture ? AbrahambelievedGod,and it was counted unto himforrighteousness.4Now to him that workethis the rewardnotreckonedofgrace,butofdebt.5But to him that workethnot,butbelievethon him that justifieth the ungodly,hisfaith is countedforrighteousness.6
Even asDavidalsodescribeth the blessedness of the man, unto whomGodimputethrighteousnesswithoutworks,7
Saying, Blessed are they whoseiniquities are forgiven , andwhosesins are covered .
8Blessed is the man to whom the Lordwillnotimputesin.9
Cometh thisblessednessthenupon the circumcision only, orupon the uncircumcisionalso?for we saythatfaith was reckoned to Abrahamforrighteousness.10How was itthenreckoned ? when he wasincircumcision,orinuncircumcision?Notincircumcision,butinuncircumcision.11And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faithwhich he had yet beinguncircumcised:thathe might be the father of all them that believe , though they be not circumcised;thatrighteousness might be imputed unto themalso:12And the father of circumcision to them who are notof the circumcisiononly,but who alsowalk in the steps of that faith of ourfatherAbraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.13For the promise, that he should betheheir of the world, was not to Abraham,or to hisseed,through the law,butthrough the righteousness of faith.14Forif they which are of the law be heirs,faith is made void , and the promise made of none effect :
15Because the lawworkethwrath:forwherenolawis , there is notransgression.16Thereforeit is offaith,that it might be bygrace; to the end the promise might besure to all the seed;not to that only which is of the law,but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham;whois the father of usall,17
(As it is written , I have madethee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed , even God, who quickeneth the dead,andcalleth those things which benot as though they were .
18Whoagainsthopebelievedinhope,thathe might become the father of manynations,according to that which was spoken , Soshallthyseedbe .
19And being notweak in faith, he considerednot his ownbodynowdead , when he wasabout an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara'swomb:20Hestaggerednotat the promise of God through unbelief;but was strong in faith,givingglory to God;21And being fully persuadedthat,what he had promised , he wasablealso to perform .
22Andtherefore it was imputed to himforrighteousness.23Now it wasnotwritten for his sakealone,that it was imputed to him;24Butforusalso, to whom it shall beimputed , if we believeon him that raised upJesusourLordfrom the dead;25Who was deliveredforouroffences,and was raised againforourjustification.