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

  • Elzie
    God says works without faith is dead and faith without works is dead. abraham had both and if we had just a quarter of his faith and works we would be having conversations with him on a regular basis with all the answers we need.
  • Zenaida
    Abraham pleased God because of his faith not of his works , so he could not boast. This is also how it should be with us,that our faith alone pleases God, not our works.
  • Denise Lewis
    If God said it then it will come to Pass.In Jesus name Amen!!!
  • Sheila Robinson
    Romans 4: Shares with us how Abraham believed by faith in God
  • Chalitea
    Yes, you can have little faith and little growth, and it will move all mountains and cast all fears aside....When speaking what you believe into existence your life is a major difference.
  • 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."

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