Parallel Verses

An Understandable Version

For if Abraham had been made right with God by doing good deeds he would have had something to boast about, but not in God's presence.

New American Standard Bible

For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.

King James Version

For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.

Holman Bible

If Abraham was justified by works, he has something to brag about—but not before God.

International Standard Version

For if Abraham was justified by actions, he would have had something to boast about though not before God.

A Conservative Version

For if Abraham was made righteous from works, he has a boast, but not before God.

American Standard Version

For if Abraham was justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not toward God.

Amplified

For if Abraham was justified [that is, acquitted from the guilt of his sins] by works [those things he did that were good], he has something to boast about, but not before God.

Anderson New Testament

For if Abraham was. justified by works, he has cause for boasting, but not before God.

Bible in Basic English

For if Abraham got righteousness by works, he has reason for pride; but not before God.

Common New Testament

For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.

Daniel Mace New Testament

for if Abraham was justified by works, he had matter of pretension, whereas he had no such claim from God.

Darby Translation

For if Abraham has been justified on the principle of works, he has whereof to boast: but not before God;

Godbey New Testament

For if Abraham were justified by works, he has glorification; but not before God.

Goodspeed New Testament

For if he was made upright by what he did, it is something to be proud of. But not to be proud of before God,

John Wesley New Testament

If Abraham was justified by works, he hath whereof to glory: but he hath not in the sight of God.

Julia Smith Translation

For if Abraham was justified by works, he has boasting; but not toward God.

King James 2000

For if Abraham were justified by works, he has something in which to boast; but not before God.

Lexham Expanded Bible

For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.

Modern King James verseion

For if Abraham was justified by works, he has a boast; but not before God.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

If Abraham were justified by deeds, then hath he wherein to rejoice: but not with God.

Moffatt New Testament

This, that if 'Abraham was justified on the score of what he did,' he has something to be proud of. But not to be proud of before God.

Montgomery New Testament

For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to be proud of, but not before God.

NET Bible

For if Abraham was declared righteous by the works of the law, he has something to boast about -- but not before God.

New Heart English Bible

For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.

Noyes New Testament

For if Abraham was accepted as righteous through works, he hath ground of boasting. But he hath no ground of boasting before God.

Sawyer New Testament

For if Abraham was justified by works he has [occasion for] boasting, but not before God.

The Emphasized Bible

For, if Abraham by works was declared righteous, he hath whereof to boast; - nevertheless, not towards God, -

Thomas Haweis New Testament

For if Abraham was justified by works, he hath cause for glorying; though not before God.

Twentieth Century New Testament

If he was pronounced righteous as the result of obedience, then he has something to boast of. Yes, but not before God.

Webster

For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory, but not before God.

Weymouth New Testament

For if he was held to be righteous on the ground of his actions, he has something to boast of; but not in the presence of God.

Williams New Testament

For if he was considered in right standing with God on the condition of what he did, he has something to boast of, but not before God.

World English Bible

For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not toward God.

Worrell New Testament

For, if Abraham was justified by works, he has ground of boasting, but not toward God.

Worsley New Testament

for if Abraham were justified by works, he hath something to boast of; but this he hath not before God:

Youngs Literal Translation

for if Abraham by works was declared righteous, he hath to boast -- but not before God;

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
For
γάρ 
Gar 
for, , not tr
Usage: 825

if
εἰ 
Ei 
if, whether, that, not tr,
Usage: 218

G11
Ἀβραάμ 
Abraam 
Usage: 54

δικαιόω 
Dikaioo 
Usage: 35

by
ἐκ ἐξ 
Ek 
of, from, out of, by, on, with,
Usage: 709

ἔργον 
Ergon 
Usage: 130

he hath
ἔχω 
Echo 
have, be, need , , vr have
Usage: 479

καύχημα 
Kauchema 
Usage: 11

but
ἀλλά 
Alla 
but, yea, yet, nevertheless, howbeit, nay, therefore, save, not tr,
Usage: 461

not
οὐ 
Ou 
not, no, cannot ,
Usage: 1032

πρός 
Pros 
unto, to, with, for, against, among, at, not tr, , vr to
Usage: 412

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Context Readings

Abraham's Faith Counted As Righteousness

1 What should we say then [about what] our forefather Abraham discovered? 2 For if Abraham had been made right with God by doing good deeds he would have had something to boast about, but not in God's presence. 3 For what does the Scripture say? [Gen. 15:6 says], "And Abraham believed God, so God considered him righteous."


Cross References

1 Corinthians 1:31

So, as it is written [Jer. 9:23f], "The person who [wants to] boast, let him boast about the Lord."

1 Corinthians 1:31-13

So, as it is written [Jer. 9:23f], "The person who [wants to] boast, let him boast about the Lord."

1 Corinthians 1:31

So, as it is written [Jer. 9:23f], "The person who [wants to] boast, let him boast about the Lord."

1 Corinthians 1:31

So, as it is written [Jer. 9:23f], "The person who [wants to] boast, let him boast about the Lord."

1 Corinthians 1:31-13

So, as it is written [Jer. 9:23f], "The person who [wants to] boast, let him boast about the Lord."

1 Corinthians 1:31

So, as it is written [Jer. 9:23f], "The person who [wants to] boast, let him boast about the Lord."

1 Corinthians 1:31-24

So, as it is written [Jer. 9:23f], "The person who [wants to] boast, let him boast about the Lord."

1 Corinthians 1:31

So, as it is written [Jer. 9:23f], "The person who [wants to] boast, let him boast about the Lord."

Romans 3:20-28

This is because no human being can be considered right with God by [obeying] the requirements of a law. [Note: It is difficult to determine the exact sense in which "law" is used in these verses. It may be law generally, or the law of Moses specifically. See Bruce, pages 52-58]. For the knowledge of what sin is comes from the law of Moses.

Romans 15:17

Therefore, as I have fellowship with Christ Jesus, I am proud of my service to God.

1 Corinthians 1:29

This was all done so that no human being could boast in front of God.

1 Corinthians 4:7

For who makes you different [from each other]? [i.e., with some being viewed as superior and others inferior]. And what do you have that you did not receive [from God]? But if you received it [from Him], then why do you boast as though you did not [receive it as a gift]?

1 Corinthians 9:16

[But] I do not have anything to boast about if I preach the good news because I am compelled to do it. For it would be too bad for me if I did not preach the good news.

2 Corinthians 5:12

We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but we speak [in such a way as] to give you an occasion to be proud of us, so that you can have an answer for those who take pride in [outward] appearances instead of what is in the heart.

2 Corinthians 11:12

But what I am doing, I will continue to do, so that I can cut off the opportunity from those who want an occasion [to receive financial support for themselves because of my example of receiving it]. They want to boast [that they are preaching] on the same terms as I do. [Note: Paul's argument seems to be that one reason for his foregoing financial support was so those "super apostles" in Corinth (see verse 5) would not be able to use his example to wrongfully exact financial support from the church].

2 Corinthians 11:30

If I must boast, I will boast about the things that show my weakness.

2 Corinthians 12:1-9

Although I must boast about myself [See 11:21-27], it [really] is not profitable. So, I will go on to [tell about] visions and [inspired] revelations given [to me] from the Lord.

Galatians 3:22

But the Scriptures indicate that everything [i.e., everyone] is under the control of sin, so that the promise [of never ending life] could be available [only] to those who have faith in Jesus Christ.

Galatians 6:13-14

For not even those who practice circumcision comply with [the requirements of] the law of Moses, yet they want you to be circumcised so they can take credit for this physical evidence [of your compliance with the law of Moses].

Ephesians 2:9

It was not the result of your own [good] deeds [See Titus 3:5], so that no one could boast [about it].

Philippians 3:9

and to be found in [fellowship with] Him, not having a righteousness of my own, acquired by observing the law of Moses, but one acquired through believing in Christ. This righteousness, which comes from God, is based on faith.

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