Romans 4:13
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New International Version
It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.

New Living Translation
Clearly, God's promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God's law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith.

English Standard Version
For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.

Berean Study Bible
For the promise that Abraham would be heir of the world was not made to him and his descendants through the Law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.

Berean Literal Bible
For the promise was to Abraham or his descendants that he should be heir of the world, not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith.

New American Standard Bible
For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith.

King James Bible
For 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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would inherit the world was not through the law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.

International Standard Version
For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the Law, but through the righteousness produced by faith.

NET Bible
For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would inherit the world was not fulfilled through the law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.

New Heart English Bible
For the promise to Abraham and to his descendants that he should be heir of the world was not through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For 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.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So it was not by obeying Moses' Teachings that Abraham or his descendants received the promise that he would inherit the world. Rather, it was through God's approval of his faith.

New American Standard 1977
For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For 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.

King James 2000 Bible
For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his descendants, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

American King James Version
For 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.

American Standard Version
For not through the law was the promise to Abraham or to his seed that he should be heir of the world, but through the righteousness of faith.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For not through the law was the promise to Abraham, or to his seed, that he should be heir of the world; but through the justice of faith.

Darby Bible Translation
For [it was] not by law that the promise was to Abraham, or to his seed, that he should be heir of [the] world, but by righteousness of faith.

English Revised Version
For not through the law was the promise to Abraham or to his seed, that he should be heir of the world, but through the righteousness of faith.

Webster's Bible Translation
For 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.

Weymouth New Testament
Again, the promise that he should inherit the world did not come to Abraham or his posterity conditioned by Law, but by faith-righteousness.

World English Bible
For the promise to Abraham and to his seed that he should be heir of the world wasn't through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

Young's Literal Translation
For not through law is the promise to Abraham, or to his seed, of his being heir of the world, but through the righteousness of faith;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:13-22 The promise was made to Abraham long before the law. It points at Christ, and it refers to the promise, Ge 12:3. In Thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. The law worketh wrath, by showing that every transgressor is exposed to the Divine displeasure. As God intended to give men a title to the promised blessings, so he appointed it to be by faith, that it might be wholly of grace, to make it sure to all who were of the like precious faith with Abraham, whether Jews or Gentiles, in all ages. The justification and salvation of sinners, the taking to himself the Gentiles who had not been a people, were a gracious calling of things which are not, as though they were; and this giving a being to things that were not, proves the almighty power of God. The nature and power of Abraham's faith are shown. He believed God's testimony, and looked for the performance of his promise, firmly hoping when the case seemed hopeless. It is weakness of faith, that makes a man lie poring on the difficulties in the way of a promise. Abraham took it not for a point that would admit of argument or debate. Unbelief is at the bottom of all our staggerings at God's promises. The strength of faith appeared in its victory over fears. God honours faith; and great faith honours God. It was imputed to him for righteousness. Faith is a grace that of all others gives glory to God. Faith clearly is the instrument by which we receive the righteousness of God, the redemption which is by Christ; and that which is the instrument whereby we take or receive it, cannot be the thing itself, nor can it be the gift thereby taken and received. Abraham's faith did not justify him by its own merit or value, but as giving him a part in Christ.
Study Bible
Abraham Receives the Promise
12And he is also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised, but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised. 13For the promise that Abraham would be heir of the world was not made to him and his descendants through the Law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14For if those who live by the Law are heirs, faith is useless and the promise is worthless,…
Cross References
Genesis 17:4
"As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, And you will be the father of a multitude of nations.

Genesis 22:17
indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies.

Acts 13:32
And now we proclaim to you the good news: What God promised our fathers

Romans 4:12
And he is also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised, but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.

Romans 9:8
So it is not the children of the flesh who are God's children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as offspring.

Galatians 3:16
The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say, "and to seeds," meaning many, but "and to your seed," meaning One, who is Christ.

Galatians 3:29
And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise.

Hebrews 7:6
But Melchizedek, who did not trace his descent from Levi, collected a tenth from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises.

Hebrews 11:7
By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in godly fear built an ark to save his family. By faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.
Treasury of Scripture

For 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.

For the.

Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you: …

Genesis 17:4,5,16 As for me, behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be a father …

Genesis 22:17,18 That in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply …

Genesis 28:14 And your seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and you shall spread …

Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between …

Psalm 2:8 Ask of me, and I shall give you the heathen for your inheritance, …

Psalm 72:11 Yes, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.

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Galatians 3:16-18,29 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He said not, …

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

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