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

  • 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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