Romans 4:18

“Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Who against hope, beleeued in hope, that hee might become the father of many nations: according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seede bee.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

In hope against hope he believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, "SO SHALL YOUR DESCENDANTS BE."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Who in hope believed against hope, to the end that he might become a father of many nations, according to that which had been spoken, So shall thy seed be.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Who without reason for hope, in faith went on hoping, so that he became the father of a number of nations, as it had been said, So will your seed be.
- Basic English Bible

who against hope believed in hope to his becoming father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be:
- Darby Bible

Who against hope believed with hope, that he should become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
- Webster's Bible

Under utterly hopeless circumstances he hopefully believed, so that he might become the forefather of many nations, in agreement with the words "Equally numerous shall your posterity be."
- Weymouth Bible

Who in hope believed against hope, to the end that he might become a father of many nations, according to that which had been spoken, "So will your seed be."
- World English Bible

Which Abraham ayens hope bileuede in to hope, that he schulde be maad fader of many folkis, as it was seid to hym, Thus schal thi seed be, as the sterris of heuene, and as the grauel that is in the brenke of the see.
- Wycliffe Bible

Who, against hope in hope did believe, for his becoming father of many nations according to that spoken: `So shall thy seed be;'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 4:18


4:18-21 The Apostle shows the power and excellence of that faith to which he ascribes justification. Who against hope - Against all probability, believed and hoped in the promise. The same thing is apprehended both by faith and hope; by faith, as a thing which God has spoken; by hope, as a good thing which God has promised to us. So shall thy seed be - Both natural and spiritual, as the stars of heaven for multitude. #Gen 15:5|.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 4:18


Ro 4:18 Who against hope. Though an old man, and his wife an aged woman, far beyond the time of child-bearing, he yet believed the promise that he would have numerous offspring.

Discussion for Romans 4:18

  • Hope is an essential element of faith. Our faith is based on hope.
  • Felistus for verse 18
    The scripture is just telling us that there is better hope than the hope that we can be offered by this world God himself is the Hope that we should believe in against all false hope that can be offered by this world there is better hope who is Jesus Christ the author and the finisher of our faith

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