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

  • 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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