Romans 4:2

“For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For if Abraham were iustified by workes, hee hath whereof to glory, but not before God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For if Abraham was justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not toward God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For if Abraham got righteousness by works, he has reason for pride; but not before God.
- Basic English Bible

For if Abraham has been justified on the principle of works, he has whereof to boast: but not before God;
- Darby Bible

For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory, but not before God.
- Webster's Bible

For if he was held to be righteous on the ground of his actions, he has something to boast of; but not in the presence of God.
- Weymouth Bible

For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not toward God.
- World English Bible

For if Abraham is iustified of werkis of the lawe, he hath glorie, but not anentis God.
- Wycliffe Bible

for if Abraham by works was declared righteous, he hath to boast -- but not before god;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 4:2


4:2 The meaning is, If Abraham had been justified by works, he would have had room to glory. But he had not room to glory. Therefore he was not justified by works.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 4:2


Ro 4:2 Hath [whereof] to glory. If Abraham was justified by his own righteous works, he would have ground for glorying in himself.

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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