Romans 4:17

“(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

(As it is written, I haue made thee a father of many nations) before him whom he beleeued, euen God who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which bee not, as though they were,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

(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 calls into being that which does not exist."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

(as it is written, A father of many nations have I made thee) before him whom he believed, `even' God, who giveth life to the dead, and calleth the things that are not, as though they were.
- American Standard Version (1901)

(As it is said in the holy Writings, I have made you a father of a number of nations) before him in whom he had faith, that is, God, who gives life to the dead, and to whom the things which are not are as if they were.
- Basic English Bible

(according as it is written, I have made thee father of many nations,) before the God whom he believed, who quickens the dead, and calls the things which be not as being;
- Darby Bible

(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations) before him whom he believed, even God, who reviveth the dead, and calleth those things which are not, as though they were.
- Webster's Bible

so that the promise should be made sure to all Abraham's true descendants; not merely to those who are righteous through the Law, but to those who are righteous through a faith like that of Abraham. Thus in the sight of God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and makes reference to things that do not exist, as though they did, Abraham is the forefather of all of us. As it is written, "I have appointed you to be the forefather of many nations."
- Weymouth Bible

As it is written, "I have made you a father of many nations." This is in the presence of him whom he believed: God, who gives life to the dead, and calls the things that are not, as though they were.
- World English Bible

As it is writun, For Y haue set thee fadir of many folkis, bifor God to whom thou hast bileued. Which God quykeneth deed men, and clepith tho thingis that ben not, as tho that ben.
- Wycliffe Bible

who is father of us all (according as it hath been written -- `A father of many nations I have set thee,') before Him whom he did believe -- God, who is quickening the dead, and is calling the things that be not as being.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 4:17


4:17 Before God - Though before men nothing of this appeared, those nations being then unborn. As quickening the dead - The dead are not dead to him and even the things that are not, are before God. And calling the things that are not - Summoning them to rise into being, and appear before him. The seed of Abraham did not then exist; yet God said, So shall thy seed be. A man can say to his servant actually existing, Do this; and he doeth it: but God saith to the light, while it does not exist, Go forth; and it goeth. #Gen 17:5|.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 4:17


Ro 4:17 As it is written. See Ge 17:5. A father of many nations. The name of the patriarch was changed from Abram ("a father") to Abraham ("father of a multitude"). Before him whom he believed. This is to be joined with Ro 4:16, "who is the father of us all . . . before . . . God". Who giveth life to the dead. Abraham had to believe that the Divine power, which can give life to the dead, would give new life to his aged body and that of Sarah.

Discussion for Romans 4

  • Steve morrow
    CONTINUED---TO EVERY CREATURE WHICH IS UNDER HEAVEN WHERE OF I PAUL AM MADE A MINISTER john 5:34 but I receive no testimony from man but these these things I say that you might be saved ------romans 1:18 for the wrath of GOD is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who hold the truth in unrighteousness romans 2:11 for there is no respect of persons with GOD
  • Steve morrow
    colossians 1:21-23 and you that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works yet now hath HE reconciled 22 in the body of HIS flesh through death to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in HIS sight -------23------IF YOU CONTINUE IN THE FAITH GROUNDED AND SETTLED AND BE NOT MOVED FROM AWAY FROM THE HOPE OF THE GOSPEL WHICH YOU HAVE HEARD AND WHICH WAS PREACHED ...
  • Steve morrow
    genesis 26:5 because that Abraham obeyed MY voice and kept MY charge MY commandments MY statutes and MY laws------------romans 4:20 he staggered not at the promise of GOD through unbelief but was strong in faith giving glory to GOD 4:21 and being fully persuaded that what HE had promised HE was able also to perform 4:22 and therefore it was imputed unto him for righteousness
  • Bruce
    1Corinthians 1:18__ preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness;but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. Ephesians 1:7__ redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins__
    Hebrews10:12__ offered one sacrifice for sins forever,sat down on the right hand of God
  • Landon
    Bible Study
    Mark 16:16
    1 Peter 3:21
    Luke 24:47
    Acts 2:38
    Acts 19:1-6
    Acts 10:44-48
    1 Corinthians 14:2 , 14:22,14:39
    Acts 5:32
    John 21:15
    We must be baptized in water in the name of Jesus to be saved.😇 I know this because I was raised in a traditional religion that said all you have to do to be saved is believe. Sorry , I can believe I am a grasshopper but does that make me one . Amen
  • Bruce
    Prince:Have you been,John 6:44. Ask forgiveness, Romans 10:13. You will be, ll Corinthians 5:17 it will be like night and day, hot and cold. YOU WILL KNOW!!

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