Bible: Romans 4:9-17

4:9 Is this blessedness 1  then for 2  the circumcision 3  or also for 4  the uncircumcision? For we say, “faith was credited to Abraham as righteousness.” 5  4:10 How then was it credited to him? Was he circumcised at the time, or not? No, he was not circumcised but uncircumcised! 4:11 And he received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised, 6  so that he would become 7  the father of all those who believe but have never been circumcised, 8  that they too could have righteousness credited to them. 4:12 And he is also the father of the circumcised, 9  who are not only circumcised, but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham possessed when he was still uncircumcised. 10 

4:13 For the promise 11  to Abraham or to his descendants that he would inherit the world was not fulfilled through the law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 4:14 For if they become heirs by the law, faith is empty and the promise is nullified. 12  4:15 For the law brings wrath, because where there is no law there is no transgression 13  either. 4:16 For this reason it is by faith so that it may be by grace, 14  with the result that the promise may be certain to all the descendants – not only to those who are under the law, but also to those who have the faith of Abraham, 15  who is the father of us all 4:17 (as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations). 16  He is our father 17  in the presence of God whom he believed – the God who 18  makes the dead alive and summons the things that do not yet exist as though they already do. 19 

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