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

New Living Translation
Abraham never wavered in believing God's promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God.

English Standard Version
No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God,

New American Standard Bible
yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God,

King James Bible
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He did not waver in unbelief at God's promise but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,

International Standard Version
nor did he doubt God's promise out of a lack of faith. Instead, his faith became stronger and he gave glory to God,

NET Bible
He did not waver in unbelief about the promise of God but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he did not doubt The Promise of God as if his faith were lacking, but he was strengthened in faith and he gave praise to God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He didn't doubt God's promise out of a lack of faith. Instead, giving honor to God [for the promise], he became strong because of faith

Jubilee Bible 2000
he doubted not the promise of God, with unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,

King James 2000 Bible
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

American King James Version
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

American Standard Version
yet, looking unto the promise of God, he wavered not through unbelief, but waxed strong through faith, giving glory to God,

Douay-Rheims Bible
In the promise also of God he staggered not by distrust; but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God:

Darby Bible Translation
and hesitated not at the promise of God through unbelief; but found strength in faith, giving glory to God;

English Revised Version
yea, looking unto the promise of God, he wavered not through unbelief, but waxed strong through faith, giving glory to God,

Webster's Bible Translation
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

Weymouth New Testament
Nor did he in unbelief stagger at God's promise, but became mighty in faith, giving glory to God,

World English Bible
Yet, looking to the promise of God, he didn't waver through unbelief, but grew strong through faith, giving glory to God,

Young's Literal Translation
and at the promise of God did not stagger in unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, having given glory to God,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He staggered not at the promise of God,.... There is no reason to stagger at, or hesitate about any of the promises of God, since they are made by him that cannot lie; his faithfulness is engaged to perform them; with him all things are possible; every promise is in Christ, yea and amen, and never did any fail; and yet so it is, that some of God's children,

through unbelief, do stagger at the promises of God; thinking either that they are too great for them, or demur upon them through difficulties which attend them:

but so did not Abraham, he

was strong in faith; nothing moved him, no difficulties discouraged him, he made no demur upon the promise, nor had the least hesitation in his mind about the accomplishment of it; but was fully assured that so it would be, as God had said; and thus he was

giving glory to God; ascribing to him the glory of his veracity, faithfulness, power, grace, and goodness, as all such who are strong in faith do; such persons bring the most glory to God, and are the most comfortable in their own souls. This phrase, , "to be strong" or strengthened, or strengthen themselves "in faith", is to be met with in Jewish writings (u), and is particularly used of the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; all the tribes of Israel are not said to be , "strong in their faith"; only the tribe of Levi, when Moses stood in the gate and said, "who is on the Lord's side, let him come unto me", Exodus 32:26, whoever is , "strong in his faith" (w); and there were none in all Israel but the tribe of Levi, who were "strong in their faith".

(u) Zohar in Gen. fol. 83. 4. (w) Tzeror Hammor, fol. 87. 4.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. He staggered—hesitated

not … but was strong in faith, giving glory to God—as able to make good His own word in spite of all obstacles.

Romans 4:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
Abraham Receives the Promise
19Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah's womb; 20yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, 21and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.…
Cross References
Genesis 15:6
Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

1 Samuel 30:6
David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God.

Matthew 9:8
When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.
Treasury of Scripture

He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

staggered.

Numbers 11:13-23 From where should I have flesh to give to all this people? for they …

2 Kings 7:2,19 Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, …

2 Chronicles 20:15-20 And he said, Listen you, all Judah, and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, …

Isaiah 7:9 And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's …

Jeremiah 32:16-27 Now when I had delivered the evidence of the purchase to Baruch the …

Luke 1:18,45 And Zacharias said to the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I …

but was.

Isaiah 35:4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, …

Daniel 10:19 And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be to you, be strong, …

Daniel 11:32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by …

Haggai 2:4 Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, said the LORD; and be strong, O …

Zechariah 8:9,13 Thus said the LORD of hosts; Let your hands be strong, you that hear …

1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch you, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

2 Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, …

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

2 Timothy 2:1 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

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