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Romans 4 NKJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? 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? "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." 3 What does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."
4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. 4 Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation.
5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted 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 describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes 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 those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; 7 "Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin." 8 Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him."
9 Does this blessedness then come upon the circumcised only, or upon the uncircumcised also? For we say that faith was accounted 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 accounted? 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, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also, 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 circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still 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 that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of 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 who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect, 14 For if those who live by law are heirs, faith has no value and the promise is worthless,
15 because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression. 15 because law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
16 Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are 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 (as it is written, "I have made you a father of many nations") in the presence of Him whom he believed--God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 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, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, "So shall 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 did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about 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 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, 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 perform. 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
22 And therefore "it was accounted to him for righteousness." 22 This is why "it was credited to him as righteousness."
23 Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, 23 The words "it was credited to him" were written not for him alone,
24 but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up 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 delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.