New Living Translation
If his good deeds had made him acceptable to God, he would have had something to boast about. But that was not God's way.
King James Bible
For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.
Darby Bible Translation
For if Abraham has been justified on the principle of works, he has whereof to boast: but not before God;
World English Bible
For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not toward God.
Young's Literal Translation
for if Abraham by works was declared righteous, he hath to boast -- but not before God;
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
4:2 The meaning is, If Abraham had been justified by works, he would have had room to glory. But he had not room to glory. Therefore he was not justified by works.
Of Self-Surrender We should now begin to abandon and give up our whole existence unto God, from the strong and positive conviction, that the occurrence of every moment is agreeable to His immediate will and permission, and just such as our state requires. This conviction will make us resigned in all things; and accept of all that happens, not as from the creature, but as from God Himself. But I conjure you, my dearly beloved, who sincerely wish to give up yourselves to God, that after you have made …
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Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith.
1 Corinthians 1:31
Therefore, as the Scriptures say, "If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD."
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