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

  • Steve morrow
    MARK 8:35 FOR WHOSOEVER WILL SAVE HIS LIFE SHALL LOSE IT BUT WHOSOEVER SHALL LOSE HIS FOR MY SAKE AND THE GOSPELS THE SAME SHALL SAVE IT---JOHN 15:3 NOW YOU ARE CLEAN THROUGH THE WORD WHICH I HAVE SPOKEN TO YOU---JOHN 5:34 BUT I RECEIVE NOT TESTIMONY FROM MAN BUT THESE THINGS I SAY UNTO YOU THAT YOU MIGHT BE SAVED
  • A disciple
    "Now to him that works is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that works not, but believes on him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." The Lord has told us we will be rewarded according to our works as showing what kind we are by them. But the redemption of our souls can only be by the blood of Jesus, and our salvation by faith and His grace.
  • Eric S
    Jesus simply states to the Pharisees that they are of their father the devil, who was the first murderer in that he caused Cain to slay Abel in the Garden of Eden. Jesus even states later that Abraham loved to see his day, then they said how could Abraham have seen you when you are only thirty years old, and Yeshua said "before Abraham was, I am". Then, the Pharisees picked up stones to stone him
  • Edna
    WE ALL STAND GUILTY BEFORE GOD. SO GOD GAVE ABRAHAM A PROMISE GGEN 12 3 AND THRU WITCH WOULD RECEIVE A WAY OF SALVATION. THE PROMISE CAME BEFORE THE LAW IT POINTS TO CHRIST WHICH REFERS TO THE PROMISE. NOT LIKE BULLS AND GOATS THAT COVER SIN BUT THRU CHRIST JESUS BLOOD WHAT TOOK SINS AWAY
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    The importance of faith for justification is underlined in this chapter. Abraham's faith is counted for righteousness. We should seek the cleansing of our sins from the precious Blood of Christ and have undying faith in God to be "counted for righteousness" We should also note that what God has promised in our lives, he is able also to perform.
  • Ray321
    Romans 4:7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Abraham and David sins were forgiven and covered back in the old testament, but our sins are all washed away , that's how God sees us. God sees us Holy, even though we are not outwardly. 2 Corinthians 4:16 For which cause we faint not but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed.

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