Romans 4:4

“Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Now to him that worketh, is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now to him that worketh, the reward is not reckoned as of grace, but as of debt.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now, the reward is credited to him who does works, not as of grace but as a debt.
- Basic English Bible

Now to him that works the reward is not reckoned as of grace, but of debt:
- Darby Bible

Now to him that worketh, is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
- Webster's Bible

But in the case of a man who works, pay is not reckoned a favour but a debt;
- Weymouth Bible

Now to him who works, the reward is not counted as grace, but as something owed.
- World English Bible

And to hym that worchith mede is not arettid bi grace, but bi dette.
- Wycliffe Bible

and to him who is working, the reward is not reckoned of grace, but of debt;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 4:4


4:4 Now to him that worketh - All that the law requires, the reward is no favour, but an absolute debt. These two examples are selected and applied with the utmost judgment and propriety. Abraham was the most illustrious pattern of piety among the Jewish patriarchs. David was the most eminent of their kings. If then neither of these was justified by his own obedience, if they both obtained acceptance with God, not as upright beings who might claim it, but as sinful creatures who must implore it, the consequence is glaring It is such as must strike every attentive understanding, and must affect every individual person.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 4:4


Ro 4:4 To him that worketh. Who earns wages as a servant. To that one a reward is not reckoned of grace, a free gift, but "a debt". If one has rendered himself righteous by his works, this is true of him.

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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