Romans 4:4

“Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Now to him that worketh, is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now to him that worketh, the reward is not reckoned as of grace, but as of debt.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now, the reward is credited to him who does works, not as of grace but as a debt.
- Basic English Bible

Now to him that works the reward is not reckoned as of grace, but of debt:
- Darby Bible

Now to him that worketh, is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
- Webster's Bible

But in the case of a man who works, pay is not reckoned a favour but a debt;
- Weymouth Bible

Now to him who works, the reward is not counted as grace, but as something owed.
- World English Bible

And to hym that worchith mede is not arettid bi grace, but bi dette.
- Wycliffe Bible

and to him who is working, the reward is not reckoned of grace, but of debt;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 4:4

4:4 Now to him that worketh - All that the law requires, the reward is no favour, but an absolute debt. These two examples are selected and applied with the utmost judgment and propriety. Abraham was the most illustrious pattern of piety among the Jewish patriarchs. David was the most eminent of their kings. If then neither of these was justified by his own obedience, if they both obtained acceptance with God, not as upright beings who might claim it, but as sinful creatures who must implore it, the consequence is glaring It is such as must strike every attentive understanding, and must affect every individual person.

People's Bible Notes for Romans 4:4

Ro 4:4 To him that worketh. Who earns wages as a servant. To that one a reward is not reckoned of grace, a free gift, but "a debt". If one has rendered himself righteous by his works, this is true of him.

Discussion for Romans 4

  • Ijeoma Ike-Okoli
    I am so grateful that by believing, we are sanctified and justified by faith.
  • 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;)

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