Romans 4:18
Good News Translation
Abraham believed and hoped, even when there was no reason for hoping, and so became "the father of many nations." Just as the scripture says, "Your descendants will be as many as the stars."

Contemporary English Version
God promised Abraham a lot of descendants. And when it all seemed hopeless, Abraham still had faith in God and became the ancestor of many nations.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who against hope believed in hope; that he might be made the father of many nations, according to that which was said to him: So shall thy seed be.

New American Bible
He believed, hoping against hope, that he would become “the father of many nations,” according to what was said, “Thus shall your descendants be.”

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Who against hope believed in hope; that he might be made the father of many nations, according to that which was said to him: So shall thy seed be.

against.

Romans 4:19 And he was not weak in faith. Neither did he consider his own body, now dead (whereas he was almost an hundred years old), nor the dead womb of Sara.

Romans 5:5 And hope confoundeth not: because the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost who is given to us.

Romans 8:24 For we are saved by hope. But hope that is seen is not hope. For what a man seeth, why doth he hope for?

Ruth 1:11-13 But she answered them: Return, my daughters: why come ye with me? have I any more sons in my womb, that you may hope for husbands of me? . . .

Proverbs 13:12 Hope that is deferred afflicteth the soul: desire when it cometh, is a tree of life.

Ezekiel 37:11 And he said to me: Son of man: All these bones are the house of Israel: they say: Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost, and we are cut off.

Mark 5:35,36 While he was yet speaking, some come from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying: Thy daughter is dead: why dost thou trouble the master any further? . . .

Luke 1:18 And Zachary said to the angel: Whereby shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.

Acts 27:25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall so be, as it hath been told me.

So shall.

Genesis 15:5,6 And he brought him forth abroad, and said to him: Look up to heaven and number the stars if thou canst. And he said to him: So shall thy seed be. . . .

Context
Abraham Receives the Promise
17(As it is written: I have made thee a father of many nations), before God, whom he believed: who quickeneth the dead and calleth those things that are not, as those that are. 18Who against hope believed in hope; that he might be made the father of many nations, according to that which was said to him: So shall thy seed be. 19And he was not weak in faith. Neither did he consider his own body, now dead (whereas he was almost an hundred years old), nor the dead womb of Sara.…
Cross References
Genesis 15:5
And he brought him forth abroad, and said to him: Look up to heaven and number the stars if thou canst. And he said to him: So shall thy seed be.

Romans 4:17
(As it is written: I have made thee a father of many nations), before God, whom he believed: who quickeneth the dead and calleth those things that are not, as those that are.

Romans 8:24
For we are saved by hope. But hope that is seen is not hope. For what a man seeth, why doth he hope for?

Hebrews 6:19
Which we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm, and which entereth in even within the veil:

Additional Translations
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.”

who against hope, in hope believed, for him to become the father of many nations, according to that having been spoken, "So shall your offspring be."

Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall your seed be.

Who in hope believed against hope, to the end that he might become a father of many nations, according to that which had been spoken, So shall thy seed be.

who against hope believed in hope to his becoming father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be:

Who in hope believed against hope, to the end that he might become a father of many nations, according to that which had been spoken, So shall thy seed be.

Who against hope believed with hope, that he should become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

Under utterly hopeless circumstances he hopefully believed, so that he might become the forefather of many nations, in agreement with the words "Equally numerous shall your posterity be."

Who in hope believed against hope, to the end that he might become a father of many nations, according to that which had been spoken, "So will your seed be."

Who, against hope in hope did believe, for his becoming father of many nations according to that spoken: 'So shall thy seed be;'
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