Romans 4:14
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New International Version
For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless,

New Living Translation
If God's promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless.

English Standard Version
For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void.

Berean Study Bible
For if those who live by the Law are heirs, faith is useless and the promise is worthless,

Berean Literal Bible
For if those of the Law are heirs, faith has been made void and the promise made of no effect.

New American Standard Bible
For if those who are of the Law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise is nullified;

King James Bible
For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made empty and the promise is canceled.

International Standard Version
For if those who were given the Law are the heirs, then faith is useless and the promise is worthless,

NET Bible
For if they become heirs by the law, faith is empty and the promise is nullified.

New Heart English Bible
For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void, and the promise is made of no effect.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For if these who are of The Written Law were the heirs, faith would have been worthless and The Promise would have been void.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If those who obey Moses' Teachings are the heirs, then faith is useless and the promise is worthless.

New American Standard 1977
For if those who are of the Law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise is nullified;

Jubilee Bible 2000
For if those who are of the law are the heirs, faith is in vain, and the promise annulled,

King James 2000 Bible
For if they who are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:

American King James Version
For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:

American Standard Version
For if they that are of the law are heirs, faith is made void, and the promise is made of none effect:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For if they who are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, the promise is made of no effect.

Darby Bible Translation
For if they which [are] of law be heirs, faith is made vain, and the promise made of no effect.

English Revised Version
For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise is made of none effect:

Webster's Bible Translation
For if they who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of no effect.

Weymouth New Testament
For if it is the righteous through Law who are heirs, then faith is useless and the promise counts for nothing.

World English Bible
For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void, and the promise is made of no effect.

Young's Literal Translation
for if they who are of law are heirs, the faith hath been made void, and the promise hath been made useless;
Study Bible
Abraham Receives the Promise
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, 15because the Law brings wrath. And where there is no law, there is no transgression.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 1:13
Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul?

Galatians 3:18
For if the inheritance depends on the Law, then it no longer depends on a promise; but God freely granted it to Abraham through a promise.
Treasury of Scripture

For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:

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

Galatians 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by …

Galatians 3:18-24 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but …

Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect to you, whoever of you are justified …

Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of …

Hebrews 7:19,28 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better …

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Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yes, we establish …

Numbers 30:12,15 But if her husband has utterly made them void on the day he heard …

Psalm 119:126 It is time for you, LORD, to work: for they have made void your law.

Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not …

Jeremiah 19:7 And I will make void the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem in this place; …

(14-17) This Messianic kingdom cannot have anything to do with law; for if it had, faith and the promise would cease to have any office. Faith and law cannot co-exist. They are the opposites of each other. The proper effect of law is punishment; for law only exposes sin. Faith, on the other hand, is the real key to the inheritance. It sets in motion grace; and grace, unlike law, excludes no one. It is open alike to the legal and to the spiritual descendants of Abraham; in other words (as the Scripture itself testifies), to all mankind, as the representative of whom Abraham stands before God.

(14) Is made void.--Literally, emptied of its meaning, becomes an empty name, and the promise is rendered nugatory. There is nothing left for either to do, if the votaries of law, simply as such, are to be the inheritors of the Messianic kingdom.

For if they which are of the law be heirs,.... That is, if the Jews who are under the law, and are seeking for righteousness and life by the works of it, should, on the account of their obedience to it, be heirs of the grace of life and of glory,

faith is made void; for if the right to the inheritance is by the works of the law, there is no room for faith; that can be of no use or service;

and the promise made of none effect: if salvation is by works, it is to no purpose for God to promise, or men to believe; for the thing promised depends not upon God's promise, but upon man's obedience to the law; and if that is not perfectly observed, as it cannot possibly be, then the promise of God stands for nothing, and is in course made void. The apostle here argues from the absurdities which follow upon the doctrine of justification by works, as he does from the different effects of the law, in the following verse. 14. For if they which are of the law be heirs—If the blessing is to be earned by obedience to the law.

faith is made void—the whole divine method is subverted.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.
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