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Romans 4 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:1 - What then shall we say about Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh?
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:2 - For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:3 - For what does the scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness."
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:4 - Now to one who works, his wages are not reckoned as a gift but as his due.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:5 - And to one who does not work but trusts him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:6 - So also David pronounces a blessing upon the man to whom God reckons righteousness apart from works:
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:7 - "Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered;
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:8 - blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not reckon his sin."
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:9 - Is this blessing pronounced only upon the circumcised, or also upon the uncircumcised? We say that faith was reckoned to Abraham as righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:10 - How then was it reckoned to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:11 - He received circumcision as a sign or seal of the righteousness which he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised and who thus have righteousness reckoned to them,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:12 - and likewise the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but also follow the example of the faith which our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:13 - The promise to Abraham and his descendants, that they should inherit the world, did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:14 - If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:15 - For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:16 - That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants--not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham, for he is the father of us all,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:17 - as it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations"--in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:18 - In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations; as he had been told, "So shall your descendants be."
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:19 - He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:20 - No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:21 - fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:22 - That is why his faith was "reckoned to him as righteousness."
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:23 - But the words, "it was reckoned to him," were written not for his sake alone,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:24 - but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him that raised from the dead Jesus our Lord,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 4:25 - who was put to death for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

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Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

Language: English

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