1What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, has found?2For if Abraham were justified by works, he has reason to glory in himself, but not before God.3For what does the scripture say? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.4But unto him that works, the reward is not reckoned as grace, but as debt.5But to him that does not work, but believes in him that justifies the ungodly, the faith is counted as righteousness.6Even as David also describes the blessedness of the man unto whom God doth attribute righteousness without works,7saying, Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered.8Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute sin.
9Is this blessedness, therefore, only upon the circumcision or also upon the uncircumcision? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham as righteousness.10How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.11And he received the circumcision as a sign, as a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had, yet being uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all the uncircumcised believers, that it might be counted unto them also as righteousness,12that he be the father of the circumcision: not only to those who are of the circumcision, but also unto those who walk in the steps of the faith that was in our father Abraham before he was circumcised.13For the promise that he should be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.14For if those who are of the law are the heirs, faith is in vain, and the promise annulled,15because the law works wrath; for where there is no law, there is no rebellion either.16Therefore by faith, that it might be by grace, to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to that which is of the law, but also to that which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,
17as it is written, As a father of many Gentiles have I placed thee before God, whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which are not as those that are.18Who believed to wait against all hope, that he might become the father of many Gentiles, according to that which had been spoken unto him, So shall thy seed be.19And he did not weaken in faith: he considered not his own body now dead when he was about one hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb;20he doubted not the promise of God, with unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,21being fully persuaded that he was also powerful to do all that he had promised;22therefore, his faith was also attributed unto him as righteousness.
23Now it is not written for his sake alone that it was so reckoned to him,24but for us also to whom it shall be so reckoned, that is, to those that believe in him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead,25who was delivered for our offenses and was raised again for our justification.