Romans 4:13

“For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For the promise that he should be the heire of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed through the Lawe, but through the righteousnesse of faith.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For not through the law was the promise to Abraham or to his seed that he should be heir of the world, but through the righteousness of faith.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For God's word, that the earth would be his heritage, was given to Abraham, not through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
- Basic English Bible

For [it was] not by law that the promise was to Abraham, or to his seed, that he should be heir of [the] world, but by righteousness of faith.
- Darby Bible

For the promise that he should be the heir of the world was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
- Webster's Bible

Again, the promise that he should inherit the world did not come to Abraham or his posterity conditioned by Law, but by faith-righteousness.
- Weymouth Bible

For the promise to Abraham and to his seed that he should be heir of the world wasn't through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
- World English Bible

For not bi the lawe is biheest to Abraham, or to his seed, that he schulde be eir of the world, but bi the riytwisnesse of feith.
- Wycliffe Bible

For not through law [is] the promise to Abraham, or to his seed, of his being heir of the world, but through the righteousness of faith;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 4:13


4:13 The promise, that he should be the heir of the world - Is the same as that he should be the father of all nations, namely, of those in all nations who receive the blessing. The whole world was promised to him and them conjointly. Christ is the heir of the world, and of all things; and so are all Abraham's seed, all that believe in him with the faith of Abraham


People's Bible Notes for Romans 4:13


Ro 4:13 For the promise. The reference is to the substance of various promises to Abraham for himself and his seed. See Ge 12:7 13:14 15:18. [Was] not . . . through the law. Was not through law, the article being wanting in the Greek. No body of law had been given. The Mosaic law was given many years afterward. The law of circumcision had not been enacted. It was through the righteousness of faith, not of law, or works of law, that Abraham secured the promise.

Discussion for Romans 4

  • Jim
    Romans tells us the KNOW so salvation (I know I am saved by believing) and in the book of James tells us the SHOW so salvation (I will show you I am saved by my works)
  • Jim
    God bless you Ray321 !
  • Alex
    Not only was abraham the father of the circumcision but also of the uncircumcision in that he was a Heathen justified by faith, Thus the gentiles come under the new covenant by faith, The scripture forseeing that God wd justify the Heathen by FAITH Preached the gospel unto Abraham SAYING IN THEE SHALL ALL NATIONS BE BLESSED,Isaiah i have given thee as a covenant to the ppl and a light to gentiles.
  • Steve morrow
    MARK 8:35 FOR WHOSOEVER WILL SAVE HIS LIFE SHALL LOSE IT BUT WHOSOEVER SHALL LOSE HIS FOR MY SAKE AND THE GOSPELS THE SAME SHALL SAVE IT---JOHN 15:3 NOW YOU ARE CLEAN THROUGH THE WORD WHICH I HAVE SPOKEN TO YOU---JOHN 5:34 BUT I RECEIVE NOT TESTIMONY FROM MAN BUT THESE THINGS I SAY UNTO YOU THAT YOU MIGHT BE SAVED
  • A disciple
    "Now to him that works is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that works not, but believes on him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." The Lord has told us we will be rewarded according to our works as showing what kind we are by them. But the redemption of our souls can only be by the blood of Jesus, and our salvation by faith and His grace.
  • Eric S
    Jesus simply states to the Pharisees that they are of their father the devil, who was the first murderer in that he caused Cain to slay Abel in the Garden of Eden. Jesus even states later that Abraham loved to see his day, then they said how could Abraham have seen you when you are only thirty years old, and Yeshua said "before Abraham was, I am". Then, the Pharisees picked up stones to stone him

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