Romans 4:1
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English Standard Version
What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh?

King James Bible
What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?

American Standard Version
What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, hath found according to the flesh?

Douay-Rheims Bible
WHAT shall we say then that Abraham hath found, who is our father according to the flesh.

English Revised Version
What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, hath found?

Webster's Bible Translation
What shall we then say that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?

Weymouth New Testament
What then shall we say that Abraham, our earthly forefather, has gained?

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Vincent's Word Studies

What shall we say? (τι ἐροῦμεν)

See Romans 4:1; Romans 6:1; Romans 7:7; Romans 8:31; Romans 9:14, Romans 9:30. The phrase anticipates an objection or proposes an inference. It is used by Paul only, and by him only in this Epistle and in its argumentative portions. It is not found in the last five chapters, which are hortatory.

Our Father

The best texts read προπάτορα forefather.

Hath found

Westcott and Hort omit. Then the reading would be "what shall we say of Abraham," etc. Found signifies, attained by his own efforts apart from grace.

As pertaining to the flesh (κατὰ σάρκα)

Construe with found. The question is, Was Abraham justified by anything which pertained to the flesh? Some construe with Abraham: our father humanly speaking.

Romans 4:1 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

what.

Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

Romans 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. No, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust...

Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Abraham.

Isaiah 51:2 Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah that bore you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.

Matthew 3:9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say to you...

Luke 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father...

Luke 16:24,25,29-31 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water...

John 8:33,37-41,53,56 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how say you, You shall be made free...

Acts 13:26 Men and brothers, children of the stock of Abraham, and whoever among you fears God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.

2 Corinthians 11:22 Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I.

as pertaining.

Romans 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed...

Hebrews 12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence...

Cross References
Matthew 3:9
And do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father,' for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham.

Romans 1:3
concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh

Romans 3:5
But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.)

Romans 8:31
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

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