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1 What then shall we say [that] Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh, has found? 1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter?
2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about--but not before God.
3 For what does the scripture say? "And Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness." 3 What does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."
4 Now to the one who works, his pay is not credited according to grace, but according to his due. 4 Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation.
5 But to the one who does not work, but who believes in the one who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited for righteousness, 5 However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.
6 just as David also speaks about the blessing of the person to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: 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 they] whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, and whose sins are covered over. 7 "Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed [is] the person against whom the Lord will never count sin." 8 Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him."
9 Therefore, [is] this blessing for {those who are circumcised}, or also for {those who are uncircumcised}? For we say, "Faith was credited to Abraham for 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 How then was it credited? [While he] was {circumcised} or {uncircumcised}? Not {while circumcised} but {while uncircumcised}! 10 Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before!
11 And he received the sign of circumcision [as] a seal of the righteousness by faith which [he had] {while uncircumcised}, so that he could be the father of all who believe {although they are uncircumcised}, so that righteousness could be credited to 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 and the father {of those who are circumcised} to those who are not only from the circumcision, but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith of our father Abraham {which he had while uncircumcised}. 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 For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants, [that] he would be heir of the world, [was] not through the law, but through the righteousness by 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 For if those of the law [are] heirs, faith is rendered void and the promise is nullified. 14 For if those who live by law are heirs, faith has no value and the promise is worthless,
15 For the law produces wrath, but where [there] is no law, neither [is there] transgression. 15 because law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
16 Because of this, [it is] by faith, in order that [it may be] according to grace, so that the promise may be secure to all the descendants, not only to those of the law, but also to those of the faith of Abraham, who is the 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 (just as it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations") before God, in whom he believed, the one who makes the dead alive and who calls the things that are not as [though] they are, 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 who against hope believed in hope, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was said, "so will your descendants be." 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 And not being weak in faith, he considered his own body as good as dead, [because he] was approximately a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah's womb. 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 And he did not waver in unbelief at the promise of God, but was strengthened in faith, giving 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 and being fully convinced that what he had promised, he was also able to do. 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
22 Therefore it was credited to him for righteousness. 22 This is why "it was credited to him as righteousness."
23 But it was not written for the sake of him alone that it was credited to him, 23 The words "it was credited to him" were written not for him alone,
24 but also for the sake of us to whom it is going to be credited, to those who believe 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 who was handed over on account of our trespasses, and was raised up in the interest of our justification. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.