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 4:13

  • Rev. Autrey for verse 13
    (Verse 13) "it is clear, then, that God's promise to give the whold earth to Abraham and his descendants was not based on obedience to God's law. ..." This means that there had to be a change in the way we are saved because no one, not even Abraham, was able to live up to the law's demands. We are too sinful. So God decided that he would give us a new way, the way of faith. Faith is easily within the grasp of all people. All we have to do is believe.

    Of course, believing Jesus involves obeying him. Because if you believe someone, you will have faith that you should do as they say. That's why Christians live by every word of Jesus and always want to please him.

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