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Romans 4 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Abraham and David’s Faith Counted as Righteousness

(Gen 17:10 )
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What then shall we say that Abraham, [fn]our forefather according to the flesh, has found?

Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:2 - For if Abraham was justified [fn]by works, he has something to boast about—but not [fn]before God!
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:3 - For what does the Scripture say? “ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS COUNTED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.”
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:4 - Now to the one who works, his wage is not counted according to grace, but according to what is due.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:5 - But to the one who does not work, but believes upon Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:6 - just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:
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Therefore, is this blessing on [fn]the circumcised, or on [fn]the uncircumcised also? For we say, “FAITH WAS COUNTED TO ABRAHAM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:10 - How then was it counted? While he was [fn]circumcised, or [fn]uncircumcised? Not while [fn]circumcised, but while [fn]uncircumcised;
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:11 - and he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which [fn]he had while uncircumcised, so that he might be the father of all who believe without being circumcised, that righteousness might be counted to them,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:12 - and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also follow in the steps of the faith of our father Abraham which [fn]he had while uncircumcised.
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For the promise to Abraham or to his seed that he would be heir of the world was not [fn]through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith.

Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:14 - For if those who are [fn]of the Law are heirs, faith has been made empty and the promise has been abolished;
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:15 - for the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no trespass.
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For this reason it is [fn]by faith, in order that it may be according to grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the seed, not only to [fn]those who are of the Law, but also to [fn]those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all

Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:17 - as it is written, “A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS HAVE I MADE YOU”—in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and [fn]calls into being that which does not exist.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:18 - In hope against hope he believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, “SO SHALL YOUR SEED BE.”
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:19 - And without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb;
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:20 - yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:21 - and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to do.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:22 - Therefore IT WAS ALSO COUNTED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:23 - Now not for his sake only was it written THAT IT WAS COUNTED TO HIM,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:24 - but for our sake also, to whom it will be counted, as those who believe upon Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:25 - He who was delivered over on account of our transgressions, and was raised on account of our justification.
LSB Footnotes
Or our forefather, has found according to the flesh
Lit out of
Lit toward
In OT, Yahweh, cf. Ps 32:1
Lit circumcision
Lit uncircumcision
Lit in circumcision
Lit in uncircumcision
Lit in circumcision
Lit in uncircumcision
Lit was in uncircumcision
Lit was in uncircumcision
Or through law
Or of law
Or out of
Lit that which is
Lit that which is
Lit calls the things which do not exist as existing

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