1 What shall we say about Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh?
2 If Abraham was declared righteous by works, he could boast, but not to God.
3 For what does the scriptures say? »Abraham believed Jehovah, and it was counted to him as righteousness.« (Genesis 15:6)
4 The pay is counted to the man who works. It is not as grace but as a debt.
5 He who does not work but believes in him who justifies absolves the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
6 David also pronounces blessing on the man, to whom God counts righteousness apart from works,
7 saying: »Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
8 »Blessed is the man to whom, Jehovah will not impute sin.« (Psalm 32:2)
9 Is this blessing then pronounced upon the circumcised only, or upon the uncircumcised also? For we say: »To Abraham his faith was counted for righteousness.«
10 How then was it counted? When he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision:
11 He received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith that he had while he was not circumcised. That way he could be the father of all those who believe, though they are not circumcised, that righteousness might be counted to them.
12 The father of circumcision to those who not only are circumcised, but who also walk in the steps of faith of our father Abraham that he had when he was not circumcised.
13 The promise to Abraham or to his seed that he should be heir of the world was not through the law but through righteousness by faith.
14 If those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void, and the promise is made of no effect.
15 The law produces wrath violent passionindignation. But where there is no law there is no sin.
16 For this reason it is by faith that it may be according to grace divine influenceloving-kindness. The promise may be sure to all descendants! This is not only to that which is of the law, but to that also which is by the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.
17 It is written: »I have made you a father of many nations.« This was in the presence of God, the one in whom he believed. He gives life to the dead, and calls into being that which does not exist.
18 In hope against hope Abraham believed that he might become a father of many nations, according to that which had been spoken: »So your descendants will be.«
19 Not being weak in faith he considered his own body now as good as dead he being about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarahs womb.
20 Yet, he looked to the promise of God. He did not waver through unbelief, but grew strong through faith. He gave the glory to God!
21 He was fully assured that what he had promised, he was able to perform.
22 »It was counted to him as righteousness.«
23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was counted to him.
24 It is also for our sake, to whom it shall be counted, who believe in him that raised Jesus our Lord from the dead,
25 who was delivered up for our trespasses, and was raised for our justification acquittal.