Romans 4:20

“He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Hee staggered not at the promise of God through vnbeliefe: but was strong in faith, giuing glory to God:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

yet, looking unto the promise of God, he wavered not through unbelief, but waxed strong through faith, giving glory to God,
- American Standard Version (1901)

Still, he did not give up faith in the undertaking of God, but was made strong by faith, giving glory to God,
- Basic English Bible

and hesitated not at the promise of God through unbelief; but found strength in faith, giving glory to God;
- Darby Bible

He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
- Webster's Bible

Nor did he in unbelief stagger at God's promise, but became mighty in faith, giving glory to God,
- Weymouth Bible

Yet, looking to the promise of God, he didn't waver through unbelief, but grew strong through faith, giving glory to God,
- World English Bible

Also in the biheeste of God he doutide not with vntrist; but he was coumfortid in bileue,
- Wycliffe Bible

and at the promise of God did not stagger in unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, having given glory to God,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Romans 4:20


Ro 4:20 He staggered not. He accepted the promise with unfaltering faith.

Discussion for Romans 4:20

  • Abraham had built a strong, personal, trusting relationship with Jehovah over many years. He rejected any doubts that might have weakened that relationship.
  • Arev. Autrey for verse 20
    (Verse 20) "Abraham never wavered in believing God's promise. ..." But God's promises to Christians is to forgive our sins, and take us to heaven. It is not temporal and physical, as many believe. Nor is it faith in our ability to force God to grant our earthly wishes. This is more along the lines of magic and mysticism.

    The point is, Abraham believed only what God told him. And he has told us, under the New Covenant, that he will save us from death. This was accomplished by his dying on the cross in our place. This is what we put our faith in, not something we made up or something we dreamed about. That is just wishful thinking. In other words, we place our faith in Jesus to save us, not in our own abilities to make this evil world a better place.

    But the main point of Paul's writings is, Abraham believed in and followed Jesus before the law was given to us, that is, without the law. And so it is with us; meaning, that for the Christian, the law's administration over us ended when Christ died. Now we live by faith!
  • Michael Anthony for verse 20
    Abraham Believed God...that is faith. When we by Faith Take God at His Word..we are giving the Glory to God. He tells us We walk by faith, not by sight in 2 Corinthians 5:7KJV. He did not falter, He did not stumble upon the fact that God the Father Told Abraham the Promise (Genesis 12:1-3KJV) and Abraham merely Obeyed. see also Romans 10:17KJV...Faith comes by hearing God's Word, not man's. If we all could be like Abraham in our own lives...Walking by Faith, by newness of life.

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