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1 What shall we say, then, of Abraham, the father of our race? What was his experience? 1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter?
2 If he was put right with God by the things he did, he would have something to boast about - but not in God's sight. 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about--but not before God.
3 The scripture says, "Abraham believed God, and because of his faith God accepted him as righteous." 3 What does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."
4 A person who works is paid wages, but they are not regarded as a gift; they are something that has been earned. 4 Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation.
5 But those who depend on faith, not on deeds, and who believe in the God who declares the guilty to be innocent, it is this faith that God takes into account in order to put them right with himself. 5 However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.
6 This is what David meant when he spoke of the happiness of the person whom God accepts as righteous, apart from anything that person does: 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 wrongs are forgiven, whose sins are pardoned! 7 "Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
8 Happy is the person whose sins the Lord will not keep account of!" 8 Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him."
9 Does this happiness that David spoke of belong only to those who are circumcised? No indeed! It belongs also to those who are not circumcised. For we have quoted the scripture, "Abraham believed God, and because of his faith God accepted him as righteous." 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 When did this take place? Was it before or after Abraham was circumcised? It was before, not after. 10 Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before!
11 He was circumcised later, and his circumcision was a sign to show that because of his faith God had accepted him as righteous before he had been circumcised. And so Abraham is the spiritual father of all who believe in God and are accepted as righteous by him, even though they are not circumcised. 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 is also the father of those who are circumcised, that is, of those who, in addition to being circumcised, also live the same life of faith that our father Abraham lived before he was 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 When God promised Abraham and his descendants that the world would belong to him, he did so, not because Abraham obeyed the Law, but because he believed and was accepted as righteous by God. 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 For if what God promises is to be given to those who obey the Law, then faith means nothing and God's promise is worthless. 14 For if those who live by law are heirs, faith has no value and the promise is worthless,
15 The Law brings down God's anger; but where there is no law, there is no disobeying of the law. 15 because law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
16 And so the promise was based on faith, in order that the promise should be guaranteed as God's free gift to all of Abraham's descendants - not just to those who obey the Law, but also to those who believe as Abraham did. For Abraham is the spiritual father of us all; 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 the scripture says, "I have made you father of many nations." So the promise is good in the sight of God, in whom Abraham believed - the God who brings the dead to life and whose command brings into being what did not exist. 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 Abraham believed and hoped, even when there was no reason for hoping, and so became "the father of many nations." Just as the scripture says, "Your descendants will be as many as the stars." 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 He was then almost one hundred years old; but his faith did not weaken when he thought of his body, which was already practically dead, or of the fact that Sarah could not have children. 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 His faith did not leave him, and he did not doubt God's promise; his faith filled him with power, and he gave praise 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 absolutely sure that God would be able to do what he had promised. 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
22 That is why Abraham, through faith, "was accepted as righteous by God." 22 This is why "it was credited to him as righteousness."
23 The words "he was accepted as righteous" were not written for him alone. 23 The words "it was credited to him" were written not for him alone,
24 They were written also for us who are to be accepted as righteous, who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from death. 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 Because of our sins he was given over to die, and he was raised to life in order to put us right with God. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.