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1 So what are we going to say? Are we going to find that Abraham is our ancestor on the basis of genealogy? 1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter?
2 Because if Abraham was made righteous because of his actions, he would have had a reason to brag, but not in front of God. 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about--but not before God.
3 What does the scripture say? Abraham had faith in God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. 3 What does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."
4 Workers' salaries aren't credited to them on the basis of an employer's grace but rather on the basis of what they deserve. 4 Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation.
5 But faith is credited as righteousness to those who don't work, because they have faith in God who makes the ungodly righteous. 5 However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.
6 In the same way, David also pronounces a blessing on the person to whom God credits righteousness apart from actions: 6 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
7 Happy are those whose actions outside the Law are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 7 "Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
8 Happy are those whose sin isn't counted against them by the Lord. 8 Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him."
9 Is this state of happiness only for the circumcised or is it also for those who aren't circumcised? We say, "Faith was credited to Abraham as righteousness." 9 Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham's faith was credited to him as righteousness.
10 So how was it credited? When he was circumcised, or when he wasn't circumcised? In fact, it was credited while he still wasn't circumcised, not after he was circumcised. 10 Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before!
11 He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that comes from the faith he had while he still wasn't circumcised. It happened this way so that Abraham could be the ancestor of all those people who aren't circumcised, who have faith in God, and so are counted as righteous. 11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them.
12 He could also be the ancestor of those circumcised people, who aren't only circumcised but who also walk in the path of faith, like our ancestor Abraham did while he wasn't circumcised. 12 And he is also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.
13 The promise to Abraham and to his descendants, that he would inherit the world, didn't come through the Law but through the righteousness that comes from faith. 13 It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.
14 If they inherit because of the Law, then faith has no effect and the promise has been canceled. 14 For if those who live by law are heirs, faith has no value and the promise is worthless,
15 The Law brings about wrath. But when there isn't any law, there isn't any violation of the law. 15 because law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
16 That's why the inheritance comes through faith, so that it will be on the basis of God's grace. In that way, the promise is secure for all of Abraham's descendants, not just for those who are related by Law but also for those who are related by the faith of Abraham, who is the father of all of us. 16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham's offspring--not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.
17 As it is written: I have appointed you to be the father of many nations. So Abraham is our father in the eyes of God in whom he had faith, the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that don't exist into existence. 17 As it is written: "I have made you a father of many nations." He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed--the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.
18 When it was beyond hope, he had faith in the hope that he would become the father of many nations, in keeping with the promise God spoke to him: That's how many descendants you will have. 18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be."
19 Without losing faith, Abraham, who was nearly 100 years old, took into account his own body, which was as good as dead, and Sarah's womb, which was dead. 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead--since he was about a hundred years old--and that Sarah's womb was also dead.
20 He didn't hesitate with a lack of faith in God's promise, but he grew strong in faith and gave glory to God. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,
21 He was fully convinced that God was able to do what he promised. 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
22 Therefore, it was credited to him as righteousness. 22 This is why "it was credited to him as righteousness."
23 But the scripture that says it was credited to him wasn't written only for Abraham's sake. 23 The words "it was credited to him" were written not for him alone,
24 It was written also for our sake, because it is going to be credited to us too. It will be credited to those of us who have faith in the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness--for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.
25 He was handed over because of our mistakes, and he was raised to meet the requirements of righteousness for us. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.