|<< Romans 4 >>|
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
What therefore do we say about Abraham, the chief of our forefathers, that he found in the flesh?
For if Abraham were declared righteous by works, he would have had pride; but not in the presence of God.
For what do the Scriptures say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
But the wages of one who labors are not accounted to him as a favor, but as that which is owed to him.
But to the one who does not labor, but believes only in The One who justifies sinners, is his faith accounted for righteousness.
Just as David also said about the blessedness of a man to whom God accounts righteousness without works, as he said:
7“Blessed are those whose evils are forgiven them and whose sins are covered.”
8“And blessed is the man to whom God will not reckon his sins.”
9Is this blessing therefore on the circumcision or on the uncircumcision? For we say “His faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness.”
10How therefore was it accounted to him, in circumcision or in uncircumcision? It was not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.
11For he received circumcision as a sign and the seal of the righteousness of his faith, when in uncircumcision, that he would be the father to all those who believe among the uncircumcision, that it would be reckoned to them also for righteousness.
12And he is the father to the circumcision, but not only to those who are from the circumcision, but also to those who follow the steps of faith of the uncircumcision of our father Abraham.
13For it was not by The Written Law that The Promise came to Abraham and his seed, that he would be the heir to the universe, but by the righteousness of his faith.
14For if these who are of The Written Law were the heirs, faith would have been worthless and The Promise would have been void.
15For The Written Law is the worker of wrath, for where there is no Written Law, neither is there a violation of The Written Law.
16Because of this, he would be justified by faith, which is by grace, and The Promise would be sure to all his seed, not to the one who is of The Written Law only, but also to the one who is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,
17According to what is written: “I have appointed you a father to the multitude of the nations, before God, in whom you believed, who gives life to the dead, and he calls those who are not as though they are.”
18And without hope he believed in hope that he would be the father to the multitude of the nations according to what is written: “Thus shall your seed be.”
19And he did not fail in his faith when he considered his body dead, (for he was 100 years old ), and the dead womb of Sarah.
20And he did not doubt The Promise of God as if his faith were lacking, but he was strengthened in faith and he gave praise to God.
21And he affirmed that whatever God promised him, He was able to perform.
22Therefore, it was accounted to him for righteousness.
23And this was not written for his sake alone that his faith was accounted for righteousness,
24But also for our sake, for he is going to reckon it to us also, we who believe in The One who raised our Lord Yeshua The Messiah from the grave,
25And who was handed over because of our sins; and he arose to justify us.