Justification by Faith Evidenced in Old Testament1 What then shall we say that Abraham ▼
▼ Or our forefather, has found according to the fleshour forefather b according to the flesh, has found? 2 For if Abraham was justified ▼
▼ Lit out ofby works, he has something to boast about, but d not ▼
▼ Lit towardbefore God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? f “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to the one who g works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. 5 But to the one who does not work, but h believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness, 6 just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: 7 i “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven,
And whose sins have been covered.
8 j “Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not k take into account.”
9 Is this blessing then on ▼
▼ Lit circumcision, m the circumcised, or on ▼
▼ Lit uncircumcisionthe uncircumcised also? For o we say p “Faith was credited to Abraham as righteousness.” 10 How then was it credited? While he was ▼
▼ Lit in circumcisioncircumcised, or ▼
▼ Lit in uncircumcisionuncircumcised? Not while ▼
▼ Lit in circumcisioncircumcised, but while ▼
▼ Lit in uncircumcisionuncircumcised; 11 and he u received the sign of circumcision, v a seal of the righteousness of the faith which ▼
▼ Lit was in uncircumcisionhe had while uncircumcised, so that he might be x the father of y all who believe without being circumcised, that righteousness might be credited to them, 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 ▼
▼ Lit was in uncircumcisionhe had while uncircumcised. 13 For aa the promise to Abraham or to his ▼ descendants ac that he would be heir of the world was not ▼
▼ Or through lawthrough the Law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For ae if those who are ▼
▼ Or of lawof the Law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise is nullified; 15 for ag the Law brings about wrath, but ah where there is no law, there also is no violation. 16 For this reason it is ▼
▼ Or out ofby faith, in order that it may be in accordance with aj grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to ak all the ▼ descendants, not only to ▼
▼ Lit that which isthose who are of the Law, but also to ▼
▼ Lit that which is, ao those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is ap the father of us all, 17 (as it is written, aq “A father of many nations have I made you”) in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, ar who gives life to the dead and ▼
▼ Lit calls the things which do not exist as existing, at calls into being au that which does not exist. 18 In hope against hope he believed, so that he might become av a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken aw “So shall your ▼ descendants be.” 19 Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now ay as good as dead since az he was about a hundred years old, and ba the deadness of Sarah’s womb; 20 yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith bb giving glory to God, 21 and bc being fully assured that bd what God had promised, He was able also to perform. 22 Therefore be it was also credited to him as righteousness. 23 Now bf not for his sake only was it written that it was credited to him, 24 but for our sake also, to whom it will be credited, as those bg who believe in Him who bh raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 He who was bi delivered over because of our transgressions, and was bj raised because of our justification.
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