English Standard Version
Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due.
King James Bible
Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
Darby Bible Translation
Now to him that works the reward is not reckoned as of grace, but of debt:
World English Bible
Now to him who works, the reward is not counted as grace, but as something owed.
Young's Literal Translation
and to him who is working, the reward is not reckoned of grace, but of debt;
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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
The reward (ὁ μισθὸς)
See on 2 Peter 2:13.
Not of grace but of debt (οὐ κατὰ χάριν ἀλλὰ κατὰ ὀφείλημα)
Lit., according to grace, etc. Not grace but debt is the regulative standard according to which his compensation is awarded. The workman for hire represents the legal method of salvation; he who does not work for hire, the gospel method; wages cannot be tendered as a gift. Grace is out of the question when wages is in question.
LibraryOctober 17. "Abraham Believed God" (Rom. Iv. 3).
"Abraham believed God" (Rom. iv. 3). Abraham's faith reposed on God Himself. He knew the God he was dealing with. It was a personal confidence in one whom he could utterly trust. The real secret of Abraham's whole life was that he was the friend of God, and knew God to be his great, good and faithful Friend, and, taking Him at His word, he had stepped out from all that he knew and loved, and gone forth upon an unknown pathway with none but God. Beloved, are we trusting not only in the word of God, …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
Justification by Faith
Faith the Sole Saving Act.
"But if the Spirit of Him that Raised up Jesus from the Dead Dwell in You, He that Raised up Christ from the Dead, Shall Also
and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.
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