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1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our earthly forefather, has gained? 1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter?
2 For if he was held to be righteous on the ground of his actions, he has something to boast of; but not in the presence of God. 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about--but not before God.
3 For what says the Scripture? "And Abraham believed God, and this was placed to his credit as righteousness." 3 What does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."
4 But in the case of a man who works, pay is not reckoned a favour but a debt; 4 Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation.
5 whereas in the case of a man who pleads no actions of his own, but simply believes in Him who declares the ungodly free from guilt, his faith is placed to his credit as righteousness. 5 However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.
6 In this way David also tells of the blessedness of the man to whose credit God places righteousness, apart from his 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 "Blessed," he says, "are those whose iniquities have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered over. 7 "Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the man of whose sin the Lord will not take account." 8 Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him."
9 This declaration of blessedness, then, does it come simply to the circumcised, or to the uncircumcised as well? For Abraham's faith--so we affirm--was placed to his credit 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 What then were the circumstances under which this took place? Was it after he had been circumcised, or before? 10 Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before!
11 Before, not after. And he received circumcision as a sign, a mark attesting the reality of the faith-righteousness which was his while still uncircumcised, that he might be the forefather of all those who believe even though they are uncircumcised--in order that this righteousness might be placed to their credit; 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 forefather of the circumcised, namely of those who not merely are circumcised, but also walk in the steps of the faith which our forefather Abraham had while he was as yet 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 Again, the promise that he should inherit the world did not come to Abraham or his posterity conditioned by Law, but by faith-righteousness. 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 it is the righteous through Law who are heirs, then faith is useless and the promise counts for nothing. 14 For if those who live by law are heirs, faith has no value and the promise is worthless,
15 For the Law inflicts punishment; but where no Law exists, there can be no violation of Law. 15 because law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
16 All depends on faith, and for this reason--that acceptance with God might be an act of pure grace, 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 so that the promise should be made sure to all Abraham's true descendants; not merely to those who are righteous through the Law, but to those who are righteous through a faith like that of Abraham. Thus in the sight of God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and makes reference to things that do not exist, as though they did, Abraham is the forefather of all of us. As it is written, "I have appointed you to be the forefather of many nations." 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 Under utterly hopeless circumstances he hopefully believed, so that he might become the forefather of many nations, in agreement with the words "Equally numerous shall your posterity 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, without growing weak in faith, he could contemplate his own vital powers which had now decayed--for he was nearly 100 years old--and Sarah's barrenness. 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 Nor did he in unbelief stagger at God's promise, but became mighty 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 absolutely certain that whatever promise He is bound by He is able also to make good. 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
22 For this reason also his faith was placed to his credit as righteousness. 22 This is why "it was credited to him as righteousness."
23 Nor was the fact of its being placed to his credit put on record for his sake only; 23 The words "it was credited to him" were written not for him alone,
24 it was for our sakes too. Faith, before long, will be placed to the credit of us also who are believers in Him 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 surrendered to death because of the offences we had committed, and was raised to life because of the acquittal secured for us. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.