Romans 4:5
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New International Version
However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.

New Living Translation
But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.

English Standard Version
And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,

New American Standard Bible
But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness,

King James Bible
But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But to the one who does not work, but believes on Him who declares the ungodly to be righteous, his faith is credited for righteousness.

International Standard Version
However, to someone who does not work, but simply believes in the one who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness.

NET Bible
But to the one who does not work, but believes in the one who declares the ungodly righteous, his faith is credited as righteousness.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But to the one who does not labor, but believes only in The One who justifies sinners, is his faith accounted for righteousness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, when people don't work but believe God, the one who approves ungodly people, their faith is regarded as God's approval.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But to him that does not work, but believes in him that justifies the ungodly, the faith is counted as righteousness.

King James 2000 Bible
But to him that works not, but believes on him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

American King James Version
But to him that works not, but believes on him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

American Standard Version
But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is reckoned for righteousness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But to him that worketh not, yet believeth in him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is reputed to justice, according to the purpose of the grace of God.

Darby Bible Translation
but to him who does not work, but believes on him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness.

English Revised Version
But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is reckoned for righteousness.

Webster's Bible Translation
But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

Weymouth New Testament
whereas in the case of a man who pleads no actions of his own, but simply believes in Him who declares the ungodly free from guilt, his faith is placed to his credit as righteousness.

World English Bible
But to him who doesn't work, but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.

Young's Literal Translation
and to him who is not working, and is believing upon Him who is declaring righteous the impious, his faith is reckoned -- to righteousness:
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Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But to him that worketh not,.... Not that the believer does not work at all, but not from such principles, and with such views as the other; he does not work in order to obtain life and salvation; he does not seek for justification by his doings:

but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly: or that ungodly one: particular reference is had to Abraham, who in his state of unregeneracy was an ungodly person; as all God's elect are in a state of nature, and are such when God justifies them, being without a righteousness of their own; wherefore he imputes the righteousness of another, even that of his own Son, unto them: and though he justifies the ungodly, he does not justify their ungodliness, but them from it; nor will he, nor does he leave them to live and die in it; now to him that worketh not, that is perfect righteousness; or has no opportunity of working at all; or what he does, he does not do, that he might be justified by it; but exercises faith on God as justifying persons, who, like himself, are sinners, ungodly and destitute of a righteousness:

his faith is counted for righteousness; not the act, but the object of it; which was Abraham's case, and therefore was not justified by works. The Vulgate Latin version here adds, "according to the purpose of the grace of God".

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. But to him that worketh not—who, despairing of acceptance with God by "working" for it the work of obedience, does not attempt it.

but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly—casts himself upon the mercy of Him that justifieth those who deserve only condemnation.

his faith, &c.—(See on [2193]Ro 4:3).

Second: David sings of the same justification.

Romans 4:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Abraham's Justification by Faith
4Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. 5But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness, 6just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:…
Cross References
Mark 9:23
"'If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for one who believes."

John 6:29
Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."

Romans 3:22
This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,

Romans 4:6
David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
Treasury of Scripture

But to him that works not, but believes on him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

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Romans 4:24,25 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him …

Romans 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ to …

Romans 5:1,2 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through …

Romans 10:3,9,10 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to …

Acts 13:38,39 Be it known to you therefore, men and brothers, that through this …

Galatians 2:16,17 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but …

Galatians 3:9-14 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham…

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

believeth.

Romans 4:24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him …

Romans 3:26-30 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might …

Romans 8:30-34 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom …

John 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, He that hears my word, and believes on …

Galatians 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen …

ungodly.

Romans 1:17,18 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: …

Romans 5:6-8 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for …

Joshua 24:2 And Joshua said to all the people, Thus said the LORD God of Israel, …

Zechariah 3:3,4 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel…

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of …

1 Timothy 1:13-15 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but …

Titus 3:3-7 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, …

his faith. See on ver.

Romans 4:3 For what said the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted …

Habakkuk 2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the …

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