Romans 4:3

“For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For what saith the Scripture? Abraham beleeued God, and it was counted vnto him for righteousnes.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For what does the Scripture say? "ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For what saith the scripture? And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But what does it say in the holy Writings? And Abraham had faith in God, and it was put to his account as righteousness.
- Basic English Bible

for what does the scripture say? And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.
- Darby Bible

For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness.
- Webster's Bible

For what says the Scripture? "And Abraham believed God, and this was placed to his credit as righteousness."
- Weymouth Bible

For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness."
- World English Bible

For what seith the scripture? Abraham bileued to God, and it was arettid to him to riytwisnesse.
- Wycliffe Bible

for what doth the writing say? `And Abraham did believe God, and it was reckoned to him -- to righteousness;'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 4:3


4:3 Abraham believed God - That promise of God concerning the numerousness of his seed, #Gen 15:5|,7; but especially the promise concerning Christ, #Gen 12:3|, through whom all nations should be blessed. And it was imputed to him for righteousness - God accepted him as if he had been altogether righteous. #Gen 15:6|.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 4:3


Ro 4:3 For what saith the scripture? The passage quoted is found in Ge 15:6, and is quoted three times in the New Testament--here, and in Ga 3:6 and in Jas 2:23. God promised an heir to Abraham, and, although it seemed contrary to nature, he believed the promise. His faith in the promise was counted unto him for righteousness. It was the ground of his acceptance with God. His faith was a trusting faith, which contained in it the element of obedience. No other faith justifies.

Discussion for Romans 4

  • Jacob Ameh Sani
    Rom 4:25 is the real end of discussions;there is no sin and attendant condemnation against anyone that is in Jesus Christ by faith and work that mirrors Him (in you) to your world. His intercession with the Father alleviates our shortfalls everyday. There is nothing new the Lord God will do for anyone again that has not been settled in Jesus Christ. This fact is sacrosanct, clear and unambiguous.
  • 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 .............

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