What then shall we say that Abraham, our earthly forefather, has gained?
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.
For what says the Scripture? "And Abraham believed God, and this was placed to his credit as righteousness."
But in the case of a man who works, pay is not reckoned a favour but a debt;
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.
In this way David also tells of the blessedness of the man to whose credit God places righteousness, apart from his actions.