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

  • Lucinda Palestrant
    Philippians 3:9 "And be found in him not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith."
  • Lucinda Palestrant
    Because of faith in him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; righteousness is imputed to the born again believer.
  • Godanga San Junior
    No human being can claim to be righteous at the sight of God because of their deeds. Only our faith can be imputed on us as righteousness by God. Abraham was justified because of his faith and not because of his deeds. Believe in God.
  • Geraldine cole
    When Jesus speak it shall be done there is no devil in hell can change what Jesus say if said it just believe and u will see it come to pass put your trust in God not man and remember His time is not the same as your time one day is like a thousand years with Jesus and know that his love is True toward U that while he die for U and me it was his love when u are u saved u have natural love
  • Arnold McCall for verse 3
    For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
  • Joshua Butamen for verse 17
    Romance 4:7 put us to the level of God and we operate as such...calling things which be not as though they are....this is God at work in man...

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