Romans 4:7
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New International Version
"Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.

New Living Translation
"Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight.

English Standard Version
“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered;

New American Standard Bible
"BLESSED ARE THOSE WHOSE LAWLESS DEEDS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN, AND WHOSE SINS HAVE BEEN COVERED.

King James Bible
Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How joyful are those whose lawless acts are forgiven and whose sins are covered!

International Standard Version
"How blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered!

NET Bible
"Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Blessed are those whose evils are forgiven them and whose sins are covered.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Blessed are those whose disobedience is forgiven and whose sins are pardoned.

Jubilee Bible 2000
saying, Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered.

King James 2000 Bible
Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

American King James Version
Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

American Standard Version
saying , Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, And whose sins are covered.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

Darby Bible Translation
Blessed [they] whose lawlessnesses have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered:

English Revised Version
saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, And whose sins are covered.

Webster's Bible Translation
Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

Weymouth New Testament
"Blessed," he says, "are those whose iniquities have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered over.

World English Bible
"Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, whose sins are covered.

Young's Literal Translation
'Happy they whose lawless acts were forgiven, and whose sins were covered;
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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

Saying, blessed are they,.... These words are cited from Psalm 32:1, and contain the proof of the happiness of justified persons. In this citation the singular number is changed into the plural, to take in all sorts of men, Jews and Gentiles, and very agreeably to the sense of the original; for the word may be rendered "blessed are they", or, "O the blessednesses"; that is, of everyone of them,

whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered: such whom God justifies by imputing the righteousness of his Son to them, he removes their iniquities from them, which is meant by their being "forgiven", and that "as far as the east is from the west", Psalm 103:12; he casts them behind his back, Isaiah 38:17, and into the depths of the sea, Micah 7:19, so that they shall never be found more: such whom he clothes with the robe of righteousness, and garments of salvation, Isaiah 61:10, "their sins are covered"; from the eye of divine justice, and shall never be seen more, or be brought against them to their condemnation, and therefore must be happy persons. The (e) Jews tell us, that

"on the day of atonement Satan comes to accuse Israel, and he particularizes their sins, and the holy blessed God he particularizes their good works, and takes a pair of balances, and puts their sins against their good works, and weighs the one against the other; and when the two scales of the balances are alike, Satan goes to bring in other sins to overweigh; what does the holy blessed God do? he takes the sins out of the scale, and hides them , "under his purple garment"; and when Satan comes and finds no iniquity there, as it is said "the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none", Jeremiah 50:20; and when Satan sees this, he says before him, Lord of the world, "thou hast taken away the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin", Psalm 85:2. Selah.''

The purple garment they explain by , "his garment of mercy"; which is true of the mercy of God covering the sins of his people, through the purple blood of his Son; which is the purple covering of Christ, Sol 3:10, under which the saints go safe to glory, and by which blood their crimson and scarlet sins are blotted out, so as never to be seen more.

(e) Caphtor, fol. 59. 1, 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7, 8. Saying, Blessed, &c.—(Ps 32:1, 2). David here sings in express terms only of "transgression forgiven, sin covered, iniquity not imputed"; but as the negative blessing necessarily includes the positive, the passage is strictly in point.

Romans 4:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Abraham's Justification by Faith
6just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: 7"BLESSED ARE THOSE WHOSE LAWLESS DEEDS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN, AND WHOSE SINS HAVE BEEN COVERED. 8"BLESSED IS THE MAN WHOSE SIN THE LORD WILL NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT."…
Cross References
Psalm 32:1
Of David. A maskil. Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.

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

Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

Psalm 32:1,2 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered…

Psalm 51:8,9 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which you have broken …

Psalm 85:2 You have forgiven the iniquity of your people, you have covered all …

Psalm 130:3,4 If you, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand…

Isaiah 40:1,2 Comfort you, comfort you my people, said your God…

Jeremiah 33:8,9 And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have …

Micah 7:18-20 Who is a God like to you, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the …

Matthew 9:2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on …

Luke 7:47-50 Why I say to you, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she …

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