1 What do we then say that Abraham our father obtained by the flesh?
2 for if Abraham were justified by works, he might boast; but not before God.
3 «For what says the scripture?» 'And Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness.'
4 Now, to him who works, the reward is not counted as a favor, but as a debt.
5 But to him who does not work, but believes on him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
6 In like manner, also, David describes the blessedness of the man to whom God counts righteousness without works: saying,
7 «Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.»
8 «Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not count sin.»
9 Does this blessedness come, then, on the circumcision only, or on the uncircumcision, also? for we affirm that faith was counted to Abraham for righteousness.
10 How, then, was it counted? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.
11 And he received the mark of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness of the faith, which he had whilst uncircumcised; that he might be the father of all uncircumcised believers, that righteousness might be counted even to them.
12 And a father to the circumcised, who are not only circumcised, but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith of our father Abraham, which he had whilst in uncircumcision.
13 For the promise to Abraham, that he should be the heir of a world, was not to him, nor to his seed, through law; but through a righteousness of faith.
14 For if they who are of law are heirs; faith is rendered vain, and the promise is made of no effect.
15 Farther, the law works out wrath; but where law is not, there is no transgression.
16 For this reason, it is through faith that it might be by favor, that the promise might 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:
17 «(as it is written,'Surely a father of many nations have I constituted you,') in the presence of him whom he believed, even of God, who makes alive the dead, and calls things which exist not, as though they existed.»
18 «He, contrary to hope, believed with hope, that he should be a father of many nations, according to what was spoken,» 'So shall your seed be.'
19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body now dead, being about a hundred years old; neither the deadness of Sarah's womb.
20 Therefore, against the promise of God, through unbelief, he did not dispute; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.
21 And was fully persuaded that what was promised, he was able to perform.
22 Therefore, also, it was counted to him for righteousness.
23 Now it was not written for his sake only, that it was so counted,
24 even to those who believe on him who raised up Jesus, our Lord, from the dead;
25 who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised up again for our justification.