1 Quid ergo dicemus invenisse Abraham progenitorem no strum secundum carnem?
2 Si enim Abraham ex operibus iustificatus est, habet gloriam sed non apud Deum.
3 Quid enim Scriptura dicit? "Credidit autem Abraham Deo, et reputatum est illi ad iustitiam".
4 Ei autem, qui operatur, merces non reputatur secundum gratiam sed secundum debitum;
5 ei vero, qui non operatur, sed credit in eum, qui iustificat impium, reputatur fides eius ad iustitiam,
6 sicut et David dicit beatitudinem hominis, cui Deus reputat iustitiam sine operibus:
7 "Beati, quorum remissae sunt iniquitates, et quorum tecta sunt peccata.
8 Beatus vir, cui non imputabit Dominus peccatum".
9 Beatitudo ergo haec in circumcisione an etiam in praeputio? Dicimus enim: "Reputata est Abrahae fides ad iustitiam".
10 Quomodo ergo reputata est? In circumcisione an in praeputio? Non in circumcisione sed in praeputio:
11 et signum accepit circumcisionis, signaculum iustitiae fidei, quae fuit in praeputio, ut esset pater omnium credentium per praeputium, ut reputetur illis iustitia,
12 et pater circumcisionis his non tantum, qui ex circumcisione sunt, sed et qui sectantur vestigia eius, quae fuit in praeputio, fidei patris nostri Abrahae.
13 Non enim per legem promissio Abrahae aut semini eius, ut heres esset mundi, sed per iustitiam fidei;
14 si enim qui ex lege heredes sunt, exinanita est fides, et abolita est promissio.
15 Lex enim iram operatur; ubi autem non est lex, nec praevaricatio.
16 Ideo ex fide, ut secundum gratiam, ut firma sit promissio omni semini, non ei, qui ex lege est solum, sed et ei, qui ex fide est Abrahae - qui est pater omnium nostrum,
17 sicut scriptum est: "Patrem multarum gentium posui te" C, ante Deum, cui credidit, qui vivificat mortuos et vocat ea, quae non sunt, quasi sint;
18 qui contra spem in spe credidit, ut fieret pater multarum gentium, secundum quod dictum est: "Sic erit semen tuum".
19 Et non infirmatus fide consideravit corpus suum iam emortuum, cum fere centum annorum esset, et emortuam vulvam Sarae;
20 in repromissione autem Dei non haesitavit diffidentia, sed confortatus est fide, dans gloriam Deo,
21 et plenissime sciens quia, quod promisit, potens est et facere.
22 Ideo et reputatum est illi ad iustitiam.
23 Non est autem scriptum tantum propter ipsum: reputatum est illi,
24 sed et propter nos, quibus reputabitur, credentibus in eum, qui suscitavit Iesum Dominum nostrum a mortuis,
25 qui traditus est propter delicta nostra et suscitatus est propter iustificationem nostram.
King James Version
1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?
2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.
3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.
10 How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.
11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:
12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.
13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:
15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.
16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb:
20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.