and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God.
Then he believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.
Did You not, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel and give it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever?
“But you, Israel, My servant,
Jacob whom I have chosen,
Descendant of Abraham My friend,
Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.
Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses returned to the camp, his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.
“O that a man might plead with God
As a man with his neighbor!
Have you not even read this Scripture:
‘The stone which the builders rejected,
This became the chief corner stone;
They *crucified two robbers with Him, one on His right and one on His left.
And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
“Brethren, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit foretold by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus.
For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
How then was it credited? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised;
Therefore it was also credited to him as righteousness.
For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth.”
God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel?
The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “All the nations will be blessed in you.”
But the Scripture has shut up everyone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
For this is contained in Scripture:
“Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone,
And he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.”