Romans 4:1

“What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

What shall we say then, that Abraham our father, as perteining to the flesh, hath found?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, hath found according to the flesh?
- American Standard Version (1901)

What, then, may we say that Abraham, our father after the flesh, has got?
- Basic English Bible

What shall we say then that Abraham our father according to flesh has found?
- Darby Bible

What shall we then say that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?
- Webster's Bible

What then shall we say that Abraham, our earthly forefather, has gained?
- Weymouth Bible

What then will we say that Abraham, our forefather, has found according to the flesh?
- World English Bible

What thanne schulen we seie, that Abraham oure fadir aftir the flesch foond?
- Wycliffe Bible

What, then, shall we say Abraham our father, to have found, according to flesh?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 4:1


4:1 That our father Abraham hath found - Acceptance with God. According to the flesh - That is, by works.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 4:1


Ro 4:1 Abraham Justified While Still a Gentile SUMMARY OF ROMANS 4: Abraham Not Justified by Works, but by Faith. His Faith Reckoned for Righteousness. David Describes the Same Blessedness. This Blessedness of Forgiveness for Gentiles As Well As Jews. Abraham Counted Righteous Before He Was Circumcised. The Promise of a Redeemer and of a Land Made to Abraham Before. He Was Circumcised. The Greatness of Abraham's Faith. To All, Whether Jew or Gentile, Righteousness Will Be Imputed,. Who Have Abraham's Faith. What shall we then say? Paul, having show that faith is the essential principle of justification, now inquires concerning Abraham's faith and justification. Abraham, our father. "Our forefather according to the flesh", in the Revised Version. The ancestor of the Jewish race. Hath found. The thought is, Hath he found justification by works, or by faith?

Discussion for Romans 4

  • Mack
    Paul asserts that Abraham believed God and it was accounted as Faith. But Abraham was visited by Angels sent by God, clearly supernatural beings. Paul was visited by Jesus himself, supposedly. We are asked to believe based on the account of those who lived thousands of years ago. I will have faith and also carefully abide by the law. Acknowledgement of the law of God is equal to faith.
  • Wayne
    Landon, water baptism does not save anyone. 1 Peter answers your statement. It's an answer of a good conscience toward God.
  • Irene123
    Linda Wms. - You are right on; it can be taken further though - Jas. ch. 2; "But wilt thou know, O man, that faith without works is dead. After faith brings us to Acts 2:38 - Then the GOOD works begin, in our witnessing. Any 'works' before Acts 2:38 are dead because we haven't His spirit of truth in us. It is the spirit that quickens, that 'pricks' the heart of sin. Eph. 2:10; Heb. 10:24; Tit.3:14
  • Linda williams
    Romans was written to show works are dead in the pursuit of rightousness, but it is faith in God that brings us in a right standing with Him by His grace.
  • Irene123
    AMEN, Landon!!! Go get 'em, Christian, and take Acts 2:38 with you .............
  • Bruce
    Landon:To be saved you must be "Called":John6:44, seek mercy:Luke 18:13, You will be Baptized with the Holy Ghost and Fire.( You will know!) 2Corinthians 5:17 impossible not to know! Many believe they are saved. Many will say to me in that day, Lord,Lord--- I never knew you:depart from me,ye that work iniquity.Matthew7:22-23( eternity is for--) Revelations 20:15,Matthew7:13 many there be that go-

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