Romans 4:2

“For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For if Abraham were iustified by workes, hee hath whereof to glory, but not before God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For if Abraham was justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not toward God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For if Abraham got righteousness by works, he has reason for pride; but not before God.
- Basic English Bible

For if Abraham has been justified on the principle of works, he has whereof to boast: but not before God;
- Darby Bible

For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory, but not before God.
- Webster's Bible

For if he was held to be righteous on the ground of his actions, he has something to boast of; but not in the presence of God.
- Weymouth Bible

For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not toward God.
- World English Bible

For if Abraham is iustified of werkis of the lawe, he hath glorie, but not anentis God.
- Wycliffe Bible

for if Abraham by works was declared righteous, he hath to boast -- but not before god;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 4:2


4:2 The meaning is, If Abraham had been justified by works, he would have had room to glory. But he had not room to glory. Therefore he was not justified by works.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 4:2


Ro 4:2 Hath [whereof] to glory. If Abraham was justified by his own righteous works, he would have ground for glorying in himself.

Discussion for Romans 4

  • Lilian
    We are not living under the law now but we live by God's grace. We are saved and redeemed by God's grace and thru the BLOOD of Jesus. Jesus sent for us so that we may have life in abundance. JESUS IS GIVEN FOR US FOR OUR SINS TO BE FORGIVEN. Lets PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS ALONE FOR HE IS WORTHY. NO OTHER GREAT on this earth except JESUS.THANK YOU ABBA FATHER AMEN
  • Prince Ihenrio
    How will one know if one's iniquities is forgiven
  • MockingBird
    I am so Blessed to have my sins forgiven and covered. I am so Grateful I do not have to pay the penalty for my sins Jesus did !! My sins are also covered and cleansed by the blood of Jesus : Jesus is my sacrifice Lamb !!! I am so richly Blessed !!
  • Wanda clark
    My thanks for this forgiveness of my sins . Through this verse
  • Norm
    Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end 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, (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)
  • BSP
    Abraham was fully convinced that what God promised he could and would also do as verse 21 shows.

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