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Romans 4:14

14 For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless,

Read Romans 4:14 Using Other Translations

For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:
For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void.
If God’s promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless.

What does Romans 4:14 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Romans 4:14

For if they which are of the law be heirs
That is, if the Jews who are under the law, and are seeking for righteousness and life by the works of it, should, on the account of their obedience to it, be heirs of the grace of life and of glory,

faith is made void;
for if the right to the inheritance is by the works of the law, there is no room for faith; that can be of no use or service;

and the promise made of none effect:
if salvation is by works, it is to no purpose for God to promise, or men to believe; for the thing promised depends not upon God's promise, but upon man's obedience to the law; and if that is not perfectly observed, as it cannot possibly be, then the promise of God stands for nothing, and is in course made void. The apostle here argues from the absurdities which follow upon the doctrine of justification by works, as he does from the different effects of the law, in the following verse.

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