Romans 4:1
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New International Version
What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter?

New Living Translation
Abraham was, humanly speaking, the founder of our Jewish nation. What did he discover about being made right with God?

English Standard Version
What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh?

Berean Study Bible
What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, has discovered?

Berean Literal Bible
What then shall we say Abraham our father discovered according to the flesh?

New American Standard Bible
What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found?

King James Bible
What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What then can we say that Abraham, our physical ancestor, has found?

International Standard Version
What, then, are we to say about Abraham, our human ancestor?

NET Bible
What then shall we say that Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh, has discovered regarding this matter?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
What therefore do we say about Abraham, the chief of our forefathers, that he found in the flesh?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
What can we say that we have discovered about our ancestor Abraham?

New American Standard 1977
What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found?

Jubilee Bible 2000
What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, has found?

King James 2000 Bible
What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, has found?

American King James Version
What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, has found?

American Standard Version
What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, hath found according to the flesh?

Douay-Rheims Bible
WHAT shall we say then that Abraham hath found, who is our father according to the flesh.

Darby Bible Translation
What shall we say then that Abraham our father according to flesh has found?

English Revised Version
What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, hath found?

Webster's Bible Translation
What shall we then say that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?

Weymouth New Testament
What then shall we say that Abraham, our earthly forefather, has gained?

World English Bible
What then will we say that Abraham, our forefather, has found according to the flesh?

Young's Literal Translation
What, then, shall we say Abraham our father, to have found, according to flesh?
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:1-12 To meet the views of the Jews, the apostle first refers to the example of Abraham, in whom the Jews gloried as their most renowned forefather. However exalted in various respects, he had nothing to boast in the presence of God, being saved by grace, through faith, even as others. Without noticing the years which passed before his call, and the failures at times in his obedience, and even in his faith, it was expressly stated in Scripture that he believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness, Ge 15:6. From this example it is observed, that if any man could work the full measure required by the law, the reward must be reckoned as a debt, which evidently was not the case even of Abraham, seeing faith was reckoned to him for righteousness. When believers are justified by faith, their faith being counted for righteousness, their faith does not justify them as a part, small or great, of their righteousness; but as the appointed means of uniting them to Him who has chosen as the name whereby he shall be called, the Lord our Righteousness. Pardoned people are the only blessed people. It clearly appears from the Scripture, that Abraham was justified several years before his circumcision. It is, therefore, plain that this rite was not necessary in order to justification. It was a sign of the original corruption of human nature. And it was such a sign as was also an outward seal, appointed not only to confirm God's promises to him and to his seed, and their obligation to be the Lord's, but likewise to assure him of his being already a real partaker of the righteousness of faith. Thus Abraham was the spiritual forefather of all believers, who walked after the example of his obedient faith. The seal of the Holy Spirit in our sanctification, making us new creatures, is the inward evidence of the righteousness of faith.
Study Bible
Abraham Justified by Faith
1What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, has discovered? 2If Abraham was indeed justified by works, he had something to boast about, but not before God.…
Cross References
Matthew 3:9
And do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.

Romans 1:3
regarding His Son, who was a descendant of David according to flesh,

Romans 3:5
But if our unrighteousness highlights the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unjust to inflict His wrath on us? I am speaking in human terms.

Romans 8:31
What then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us!
Treasury of Scripture

What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, has found?

what.

Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

Romans 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. No, I had not …

Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Abraham.

Isaiah 51:2 Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah that bore you: for I called …

Matthew 3:9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: …

Luke 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not …

Luke 16:24,25,29-31 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send …

John 8:33,37-41,53,56 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage …

Acts 13:26 Men and brothers, children of the stock of Abraham, and whoever among …

2 Corinthians 11:22 Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they …

as pertaining.

Romans 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the …

Hebrews 12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, …

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