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Romans 4 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 What can we say that we have discovered about our ancestor Abraham? 1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter?
2 If Abraham had God's approval because of something he did, he would have had a reason to brag. But he could not brag to God about it. 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about--but not before God.
3 What does Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and that faith was regarded by God to be his approval of Abraham." 3 What does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."
4 When people work, their pay is not regarded as a gift but something they have earned. 4 Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation.
5 However, when people don't work but believe God, the one who approves ungodly people, their faith is regarded as God's approval. 5 However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.
6 David says the same thing about those who are blessed: God approves of people without their earning it. David said, 6 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
7 "Blessed are those whose disobedience is forgiven and whose sins are pardoned. 7 "Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the person whom the Lord no longer considers sinful." 8 Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him."
9 Are only the circumcised people blessed, or are uncircumcised people blessed as well? We say, "Abraham's faith was regarded as God's approval of him." 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 How was his faith regarded as God's approval? Was he circumcised or was he uncircumcised at that time? He had not been circumcised. 10 Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before!
11 Abraham's faith was regarded as God's approval while he was still uncircumcised. The mark of circumcision is the seal of that approval. Therefore, he is the father of every believer who is not circumcised, and their faith, too, is regarded as God's approval of them. 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 not only are circumcised but also are following in the footsteps of his faith. Our father Abraham had that faith 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 So it was not by obeying Moses' Teachings that Abraham or his descendants received the promise that he would inherit the world. Rather, it was through God's approval of his 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 those who obey Moses' Teachings are the heirs, then faith is useless and the promise is worthless. 14 For if those who live by law are heirs, faith has no value and the promise is worthless,
15 The laws in Moses' Teachings bring about anger. But where laws don't exist, they can't be broken. 15 because law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
16 Therefore, the promise is based on faith so that it can be a gift. Consequently, the promise is guaranteed for every descendant, not only for those who are descendants by obeying Moses' Teachings but also for those who are descendants by believing as Abraham did. He 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 Scripture says: "I have made you a father of many nations." Abraham believed when he stood in the presence of the God who gives life to dead people and calls into existence things that don't even 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 When there was nothing left to hope for, Abraham still hoped and believed. As a result, he became a father of many nations, as he had been told: "That is 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 Abraham didn't weaken. Through faith he regarded the facts: His body was already as good as dead now that he was about a hundred years old, and Sarah was unable to 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 He didn't doubt God's promise out of a lack of faith. Instead, giving honor to God [for the promise], he became strong because of faith 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 and was absolutely confident that God would do what he promised. 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
22 That is why his faith was regarded as God's approval of him. 22 This is why "it was credited to him as righteousness."
23 But the words "his faith was regarded as God's approval of him" were written not only for him 23 The words "it was credited to him" were written not for him alone,
24 but also for us. Our faith will be regarded as God's approval of us who believe in the one who brought Jesus, our Lord, back to life. 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 Jesus, our Lord, was handed over to death because of our failures and was brought back to life so that we could receive God's approval. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.