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Romans 4:1-12 ESV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather 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 counted to him as 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 wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 4 Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation.
5 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted 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 just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts 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 against whom the Lord will not count his sin." 8 Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him."
9 Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We say that faith was counted to Abraham 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 How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. 10 Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before!
11 He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well, 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 to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had 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.