1What then will we say that Abraham, our forefather, has found according to the flesh?2For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not toward God.3For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness."4Now to him who works, the reward is not accounted as of grace, but as of debt.5But to him who doesn't work, but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.
13For not through the law was the promise to Abraham or to his seed that he should be heir of the world, but through the righteousness of faith.14For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void, and the promise is made of no effect.15For the law works wrath, for where there is no law, neither is there disobedience.16For this cause it is of faith, that it may be according to grace, to the end that the promise may be sure to all the seed, not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.17As it is written, "I have made you a father of many nations." This is before him whom he believed, God, who gives life to the dead, and calls the things that are not, as though they were.