Romans 4:1-9 NIV

Abraham Justified by Faith

1 What then shall we say1 that Abraham, our forefather,2 discovered in this matter?

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2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about--but not before God.3

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3 What does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."a4

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    • a 4:3 - Gen. 15:6; also in verse 22
      4 Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift,5 but as an obligation.

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      5 However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.6

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          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 transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
          8 Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him."b7

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          9 Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised?8 We have been saying that Abraham's faith was credited to him as righteousness.9

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