Romans 4:23
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New International Version
The words "it was credited to him" were written not for him alone,

New Living Translation
And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn't just for Abraham's benefit. It was recorded

English Standard Version
But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone,

Berean Study Bible
Now the words "it was credited to him" were written not only for Abraham,

Berean Literal Bible
Now it was not written on account of him alone that "it was credited to him,"

New American Standard Bible
Now not for his sake only was it written that it was credited to him,

King James Bible
Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now it was credited to him was not written for Abraham alone,

International Standard Version
Now the words "it was credited to him" were written not only for him

NET Bible
But the statement it was credited to him was not written only for Abraham's sake,

New Heart English Bible
Now it was not written that it was credited to him for his sake alone,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And this was not written for his sake alone that his faith was accounted for righteousness,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But the words "his faith was regarded as God's approval of him" were written not only for him

New American Standard 1977
Now not for his sake only was it written, that it was reckoned to him,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now it is not written for his sake alone that it was so reckoned to him,

King James 2000 Bible
Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;

American King James Version
Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;

American Standard Version
Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was reckoned unto him;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now it is not written only for him, that it was reputed to him unto justice,

Darby Bible Translation
Now it was not written on his account alone that it was reckoned to him,

English Revised Version
Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was reckoned unto him;

Webster's Bible Translation
Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;

Weymouth New Testament
Nor was the fact of its being placed to his credit put on record for his sake only;

World English Bible
Now it was not written that it was accounted to him for his sake alone,

Young's Literal Translation
And it was not written on his account alone, that it was reckoned to him,
Study Bible
Abraham Receives the Promise
22That is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” 23Now the words “it was credited to him” were written not only for Abraham, 24but also for us, to whom righteousness will be credited—for us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.…
Cross References
Romans 15:4
For everything that was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope.

1 Corinthians 9:9
For it is written in the Law of Moses: "Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain." Is it about oxen that God is concerned?

1 Corinthians 9:10
Isn't He actually speaking on our behalf? Indeed, this was written for us, because when the plowman plows and the thresher threshes, they should also expect to share in the harvest.

1 Corinthians 10:11
Now these things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.

2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
Treasury of Scripture

Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;

Romans 15:4 For whatever things were written aforetime were written for our learning…

1 Corinthians 9:10 Or said he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, …

1 Corinthians 10:6,11 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust …

2 Timothy 3:16,17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for …

(23-25) Application of the foregoing. The history of Abraham is a type of the dispensation of grace; his faith, the imputation of righteousness to him, and his reward, each severally a type of the same things in the Christian. Even in details the resemblance holds. Abraham put faith in a God "who quickeneth the dead," and in like manner the Christian must put faith in God as the Author of a scheme of salvation attested by the resurrection of Christ. The death of Christ was the ground of that scheme, the resurrection of Christ its proof, without which it would not have been brought home to man.

Now it was not written for his sake alone,.... This was not left on the sacred records, Genesis 15:6,

that it was imputed to him; purely on his account, merely for his sake, as an encomium of his faith, and an honourable testimony to it, and for the encouragement of it; though this was doing him a very great honour, and was one design of it. 23-25. Now, etc.—Here is the application of this whole argument about Abraham: These things were not recorded as mere historical facts, but as illustrations for all time of God's method of justification by faith.4:23-25 The history of Abraham, and of his justification, was recorded to teach men of after-ages; those especially to whom the gospel was then made known. It is plain, that we are not justified by the merit of our own works, but by faith in Jesus Christ and his righteousness; which is the truth urged in this and the foregoing chapter, as the great spring and foundation of all comfort. Christ did meritoriously work our justification and salvation by his death and passion, but the power and perfection thereof, with respect to us, depend on his resurrection. By his death he paid our debt, in his resurrection he received our acquittance, Isa 53:8. When he was discharged, we, in Him and together with Him, received the discharge from the guilt and punishment of all our sins. This last verse is an abridgement or summary of the whole gospel.
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