New International Version
Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation.
King James Bible
Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
Darby Bible Translation
Now to him that works the reward is not reckoned as of grace, but of debt:
World English Bible
Now to him who works, the reward is not counted as grace, but as something owed.
Young's Literal Translation
and to him who is working, the reward is not reckoned of grace, but of debt;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt - Therefore, if Abraham had been justified by works, the blessings he received would have been given to him as a reward for those works, and consequently his believing could have had no part in his justification, and his faith would have been useless.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibrarySeptember 24. "He Calleth Things that are not as Though they Were" (Rom. Iv. 17).
"He calleth things that are not as though they were" (Rom. iv. 17). The Word of God creates what it commands. When Christ says to any of us "Now are ye clean through the word which I have spoken unto you," We are clean. When He says "no condemnation" there is none, though there has been a lifetime of sin before. And when He says, "mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds," then the weak are strong. This is the part of faith, to take God at His Word, and then expect Him to make it real. …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.
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