1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father found according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works he has [occasion for] boasting, but not before God. 3 For what says the Scripture? And Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
4 But to one that works the reward is not accounted by grace but by debt. 5 But to one that works not, but believes on him that justifies the wicked, his faith is [accounted] for righteousness.
6 As David describes the blessedness of the man to whom the Lord accounts righteousness without works,
7 Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven and whose sins are covered; 8 blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not account sin.
9 Is this blessedness then on the circumcision? or also on the uncircumcision? [Also on the uncircumcision.] For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness. 10 How then was it accounted? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. 11 And he received the symbol of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which was in uncircumcision, so that he became the father of all that believe in uncircumcision, that righteousness may also be accounted to them, 12 and a father of circumcision not to those of the circumcision only, but to those also who walk in the steps of the faith of our father Abraham which was in uncircumcision.
13 For the promise to Abraham and his posterity that he should inherit the world was not through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if the subjects of the law are heirs, the faith is done away and the promise abrogated. 15 For the law produces wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression.
16 Therefore it is by faith that it may be by grace, that the promise may be sure to all the posterity, not to that of the law only but to that of the faith of Abraham, who is a father of us all, 17 as it is written, I have made you a father of many nations before God in whom he believed, who makes the dead alive and calls things which do not exist as existing.??18 who against hope believed in hope that he should become a father of many nations according to the saying shall your posterity be. 19 And being not weak in faith, he did not regard himself as dead, being now about a hundred years old, nor Sarah's incapacity for child-bearing, 20 and he did not doubt the promise of God by unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that what he had promised he was able to perform. 22 Wherefore also it was accounted to him for righteousness. 23 But it was not written for his sake alone, that it was accounted to him, 24 but also for our sakes, to whom it is about to be accounted if we believe on him that raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was delivered up for our sins and raised for our justification.