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1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, hath 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 hath whereof to glory; but not toward God. 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about--but not before God.
3 For what saith the scripture? And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness. 3 What does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."
4 Now to him that worketh, the reward is not reckoned as of grace, but as of 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 that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is reckoned 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 Even as David also pronounceth blessing upon the man, unto whom God reckoneth 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 [saying], Blessed are they whose iniquities 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 will not reckon sin. 8 Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him."
9 Is this blessing then pronounced upon the circumcision, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say, To Abraham his faith was reckoned 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 reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision: 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 he was in uncircumcision; that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be in uncircumcision, that righteousness might be reckoned unto 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 circumcision to them who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham which he had in uncircumcision. 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 not through the law was the promise to Abraham or to his seed that he should be heir of the world, 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 they that are of the law are heirs, faith is made void, and the promise is made of none effect: 14 For if those who live by law are heirs, faith has no value and the promise is worthless,
15 for the law worketh 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 For this cause [it is] of faith, that [it may be] according to grace; to the end that the promise may be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is 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, A father of many nations have I made thee) before him whom he believed, [even] God, who giveth life to the dead, and calleth the things that are not, as though they were. 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 in hope believed against hope, to the end that he might become a father of many nations, according to that which had been spoken, So shall thy seed 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 being weakened in faith he considered his own body now as good as dead (he being 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 yet, looking unto the promise of God, he wavered not through unbelief, but waxed strong through 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 assured that what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
22 Wherefore also it was reckoned unto 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 reckoned unto him; 23 The words "it was credited to him" were written not for him alone,
24 but for our sake also, unto whom it shall be reckoned, who believe on him that 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 delivered up for our trespasses, and was raised for our justification. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.