Romans 4:17

“(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

(As it is written, I haue made thee a father of many nations) before him whom he beleeued, euen God who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which bee not, as though they were,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

(as it is written, "A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS HAVE I MADE YOU) in the presence of Him whom he believed, {even} God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

(as it is written, A father of many nations have I made thee) before him whom he believed, `even' God, who giveth life to the dead, and calleth the things that are not, as though they were.
- American Standard Version (1901)

(As it is said in the holy Writings, I have made you a father of a number of nations) before him in whom he had faith, that is, God, who gives life to the dead, and to whom the things which are not are as if they were.
- Basic English Bible

(according as it is written, I have made thee father of many nations,) before the God whom he believed, who quickens the dead, and calls the things which be not as being;
- Darby Bible

(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations) before him whom he believed, even God, who reviveth the dead, and calleth those things which are not, as though they were.
- Webster's Bible

so that the promise should be made sure to all Abraham's true descendants; not merely to those who are righteous through the Law, but to those who are righteous through a faith like that of Abraham. Thus in the sight of God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and makes reference to things that do not exist, as though they did, Abraham is the forefather of all of us. As it is written, "I have appointed you to be the forefather of many nations."
- Weymouth Bible

As it is written, "I have made you a father of many nations." This is in the presence of him whom he believed: God, who gives life to the dead, and calls the things that are not, as though they were.
- World English Bible

As it is writun, For Y haue set thee fadir of many folkis, bifor God to whom thou hast bileued. Which God quykeneth deed men, and clepith tho thingis that ben not, as tho that ben.
- Wycliffe Bible

who is father of us all (according as it hath been written -- `A father of many nations I have set thee,') before Him whom he did believe -- God, who is quickening the dead, and is calling the things that be not as being.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 4:17


4:17 Before God - Though before men nothing of this appeared, those nations being then unborn. As quickening the dead - The dead are not dead to him and even the things that are not, are before God. And calling the things that are not - Summoning them to rise into being, and appear before him. The seed of Abraham did not then exist; yet God said, So shall thy seed be. A man can say to his servant actually existing, Do this; and he doeth it: but God saith to the light, while it does not exist, Go forth; and it goeth. #Gen 17:5|.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 4:17


Ro 4:17 As it is written. See Ge 17:5. A father of many nations. The name of the patriarch was changed from Abram ("a father") to Abraham ("father of a multitude"). Before him whom he believed. This is to be joined with Ro 4:16, "who is the father of us all . . . before . . . God". Who giveth life to the dead. Abraham had to believe that the Divine power, which can give life to the dead, would give new life to his aged body and that of Sarah.

Discussion for Romans 4

  • Douglas Gilbert Wells
    We should live by faith not on works so no. would say look at what did sham on that man
  • A disciple
    You have to read the WHOLE story; the Lord is saying that, although He knows they are the seed of Abraham, by their evil hearts of unbelief, and having no place for the truth in them, they WERE NOT Abraham's children, but the devil's children. "And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God."
  • Lu2677
    He did not call Abraham a liar, Insight 777, Abraham was a righteous man. John 8:44 Jesus is talking to the Pharisees.
  • Lu2677
    Romans 4;God's inspired word teaches us where we should stand concerning circumcision of the flesh;ALSO, John 5-5-6 leading to 1 Corinthians 7:18-20,24. .Mary and Joseph were Jewish, if they circumcised their children it would not have been sin.We are not told if they did or didn't. If scripture doesn't say,neither should we. Don't add to His Word. May you have faith in His word.
  • Insight777
    Jesus called Abraham a liar that did not receive the word of God. John 8:44 Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. Believe Jesus not Paul, Jesus has no guile.
  • Steve morrow
    ROMANS 4:17 AS IT IS WRITTEN I HAVE MADE THEE A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS BEFORE HIM WHOM HE BELIEVED EVEN GOD WHO QUICKENETH THE DEAD AND CALLETH THOSE THINGS WHICH BE NOT AS THOUGH THEY WERE ROMANS 4:20 HE STAGGERED NOT AT THE PROMISE OF GOD THROUGH UNBELIEF BUT WAS STRONG IN FAITH GIVING GLORY TO GOD ***4:21 AND BEING---FULLY PERSUADED---THAT WHAT HE HAD PROMISED HE WAS ABLE ALSO TO PERFORM ***

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