Romans 4:1-7

1 What can we say that we have discovered about our ancestor Abraham?
2 If Abraham had God's approval because of something he did, he would have had a reason to brag. But he could not brag to God about it.
3 What does Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and that faith was regarded by God to be his approval of Abraham."
4 When people work, their pay is not regarded as a gift but something they have earned.
5 However, when people don't work but believe God, the one who approves ungodly people, their faith is regarded as God's approval.
6 David says the same thing about those who are blessed: God approves of people without their earning it. David said,
7 "Blessed are those whose disobedience is forgiven and whose sins are pardoned.