Genesis 15:6
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New International Version
Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

New Living Translation
And Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD counted him as righteous because of his faith.

English Standard Version
And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.

New American Standard Bible
Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.

King James Bible
And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Abram believed the LORD, and He credited it to him as righteousness.

International Standard Version
Abram believed the LORD, and it was credited to him as righteousness.

NET Bible
Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD considered his response of faith as proof of genuine loyalty.

New Heart English Bible
And Abram believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD regarded that faith to be his approval of Abram.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he believed in the LORD; and He counted it to him for righteousness.

New American Standard 1977
Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him for righteousness.

King James 2000 Bible
And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

American King James Version
And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

American Standard Version
And he believed in Jehovah; and he reckoned it to him for righteousness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Abram believed God, and it was reputed to him unto justice.

Darby Bible Translation
And he believed Jehovah; and he reckoned it to him [as] righteousness.

English Revised Version
And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

World English Bible
He believed in Yahweh; and he reckoned it to him for righteousness.

Young's Literal Translation
And he hath believed in Jehovah, and He reckoneth it to him -- righteousness.
Study Bible
God's Covenant with Abram
5And He took him outside and said, "Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be." 6Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness. 7And He said to him, "I am the LORD who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess it."…
Cross References
Romans 4:3
For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."

Romans 4:9
Is this blessing only on the circumcised, or also on the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham's faith was credited as righteousness.

Romans 4:20
Yet he did not waver through disbelief in the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,

Romans 4:22
That is why "it was credited to him as righteousness."

Galatians 3:6
So also, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."

James 2:23
And the Scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called a friend of God.

Nehemiah 9:8
"You found his heart faithful before You, And made a covenant with him To give him the land of the Canaanite, Of the Hittite and the Amorite, Of the Perizzite, the Jebusite and the Girgashite-- To give it to his descendants. And You have fulfilled Your promise, For You are righteous.

Psalm 106:31
And it was reckoned to him for righteousness, To all generations forever.
Treasury of Scripture

And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

he believed.

Romans 4:3-6,9,20-25 For what said the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted …

Galatians 3:6-14 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness…

Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which …

James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which said, Abraham believed God, …

he counted.

Psalm 106:31 And that was counted to him for righteousness to all generations for ever more.

Romans 4:11,22 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness …

2 Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, …

Galatians 3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

(6) He believed in the Lord (in Jehovah) . . . --We have here the germ of the doctrine of free justification. Abram was both a holy man and one who proved his faith by his works; but nevertheless the inspired narrator inserts this reflection, not after the history of the offering of Isaac, but in the account of this vision, where all that Abram did was to believe, and for that belief's sake was accounted righteous before God. For the definite conclusions deduced from this verse by St. Paul see Romans 4. The quotation there is from the LXX., and gives the general sense, but the correct rendering of the Hebrew is that given in our version.

Verse 6. - And he believed in the Lord. The hiphil of the verb aman, to prop or stay, signifies to build upon, hence to rest one's faith upon; and this describes exactly the mental act of the patriarch, who reposed his confidence in the Divine character, and based his hope of a future seed on the Divine word. And he counted it to him. Ἐλογίσθη αὐτῷ (LXX.), which is followed by nearly all the ancient versions, and by Paul in Romans 4:3; but the suffix ך (a feminine for a neuter, as in Job 5:9; Psalm 12:4; Psalm 27:4; vide Glass, ' Phil,' lib. 3. cp. 1:19), clearly indicates the object of the action expressed by the verb הָשַׁב, to think, to meditate, and then to impute (λογίζομαι), followed by לְ of pers. and acc. of the thing (cf. 2 Samuel 19:20; Psalm 32:2). The thing in this case was his faith in the Divine promise. For righteousness. צְדְקְהְ - εἰς δίκαιοσύνην (LXX.); neither for merit and justice (Rabbi Solomon, Jarchi, Ealiseh), nor as a proof of his probity (Gesenius, Rosenmüller); but unto and with a view to justification (Romans 4:3), so that God treated him as a righteous person (A Lapide), not, however, in the sense that he was now "correspondent to the will of God both in character and conduct" (Keil), but in the sense that he was now before God accepted and forgiven' (Luther, Calvin, Murphy, Candlish), which "passive righteousness, however, ultimately wrought in him an "active righteousness of complete conformity to the Divine will" ('Speaker's Commentary').

CHAPTER 15:7-21 And he believed in the Lord,.... The Targums of Onkelos and Jonathan are,"in the Word of the Lord;''in the essential Word of the Lord, in Christ the Lord his righteousness; he believed in the promise of God, that he should have a seed, and a very numerous one; he believed that the Messiah would spring from his seed; he believed in him as his Saviour and Redeemer; he believed in him for righteousness, and he believed in his righteousness as justifying him before God:

and he counted it to him for righteousness; not the act of his faith, but the object of it; and not the promise he believed, but what was promised, and his faith received, even Christ and his righteousness this was imputed to him without works, and while he was an uncircumcised person, for the proof of which the apostle produces this passage, Romans 4:3; wherefore this is not to be understood of any action of his being esteemed and accounted a righteous one, and he pronounced and acknowledged a righteous person on account of it; for Abram was not justified before God by his own works, but by the righteousness of faith, as all that believe are, that is, by the righteousness of Christ revealed to faith, and received by it: what is imputed is without a man, and the imputation of it depends upon the will of another; such the righteousness of Christ without works imputed by God the Father. This is the first time we read of believing, and as early do we hear of imputed righteousness. 15:2-6 Though we must never complain of God, yet we have leave to complain to him; and to state all our grievances. It is ease to a burdened spirit, to open its case to a faithful and compassionate friend. Abram's complaint is, that he had no child; that he was never likely to have any; that the want of a son was so great a trouble to him, that it took away all his comfort. If we suppose that Abram looked no further than outward comfort, this complaint was to be blamed. But if we suppose that Abram herein had reference to the promised Seed, his desire was very commendable. Till we have evidence of our interest in Christ, we should not rest satisfied; what will all avail me, if I go Christless? If we continue instant in prayer, yet pray with humble submission to the Divine will, we shall not seek in vain. God gave Abram an express promise of a son. Christians may believe in God with respect to the common concerns of this life; but the faith by which they are justified, always has respect to the person and work of Christ. Abram believed in God as promising Christ; they believe in him as having raised him from the dead, Ro 4:24. Through faith in his blood they obtain forgiveness of sins.
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