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Romans 4:1-25

Abraham Justified by Faith

1What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? 2If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. 3What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”4:3 Gen. 15:6; also in verse 22

4Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. 5However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. 6David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

7“Blessed are those

whose transgressions are forgiven,

whose sins are covered.

8Blessed is the one

whose sin the Lord will never count against them.”4:8 Psalm 32:1,2

9Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness. 10Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before! 11And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them. 12And he is then also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.

13It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, 15because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.

16Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 17As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”4:17 Gen. 17:5 He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.

18Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”4:18 Gen. 15:5 19Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” 23The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, 24but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

Romafoɔ 4:1-25

Wɔgyina Abraham Gyidie So Bu No Bem

1Ɛdeɛn na yɛbɛka afa yɛn tete agya Abraham ho? Osuahunu bɛn na ɔnyaeɛ? 2Sɛ wɔnam nneɛma a ɔyɛeɛ so buu no bem a, anka ɔwɔ biribi a ɔde bɛhoahoa ne ho. Nanso, ɔrentumi nhoahoa ne ho Onyankopɔn anim. 3Atwerɛsɛm no kyerɛ yɛn sɛ, “Abraham gyee Onyankopɔn diiɛ; na ɛno so na ɛnam maa Onyankopɔn gyee no sɛ ɔteneneeni no.”

4Onipa a ɔyɛ adwuma no fata nʼakatua; ɛnsɛ sɛ wɔbu nʼakatua no sɛ akyɛdeɛ, na mmom, ɛyɛ biribi a wayɛ ho adwuma anya. 5Ɛnyɛ nnwuma bi a onipa yɛ na ɛbɛma Onyankopɔn abu no bem. Onyankopɔn gye nnebɔneyɛfoɔ to mu ɛfiri sɛ wɔwɔ gyidie wɔ ne mu. 6Dawid ka asɛm korɔ no ara sɛ, nhyira a ɛfiri Onyankopɔn nkyɛn ba onipa a Onyankopɔn agye no ato mu so. Saa nhyira yi mfiri nnipa nnwuma mu. Ɛno enti Dawid kaa sɛ:

7“Nhyira ne wɔn a

wɔde wɔn amumuyɛ akyɛ wɔn,

na wɔakata wɔn bɔne so.

8Nhyira nka onipa a

AWURADE mmu ne bɔne nngu ne so da.”

9Saa anigyeɛ a Dawid ka ho asɛm no wɔ hɔ ma twetiatwafoɔ nko anaa? Dabi. Ɛwɔ hɔ ma wɔn nso a wɔntwaa twetia no; ɛfiri sɛ, yɛakenkan afiri Atwerɛsɛm no mu sɛ, “Abraham gyee Onyankopɔn diiɛ, na ɛsiane ne gyidie enti, Onyankopɔn gyee no sɛ ɔteneneeni.” 10Ɛberɛ bɛn na saa asɛm yi siiɛ? Ɛsiiɛ ansa na wɔretwa Abraham twetia anaa Abraham twetiatwa no akyi na ɛsiiɛ? Ɛsiiɛ ansa, na ɛnyɛ twetiatwa no akyi na ɛsiiɛ. 11Akyire no na wɔtwaa no twetia, na ne twetiatwa no yɛ nsɛnkyerɛnneɛ a ɛkyerɛ sɛ, Onyankopɔn gyee no sɛ ɔteneneeni ansa na wɔretwa no twetia. Enti Abraham yɛ Honhom mu agya ma wɔn a wɔgye Onyankopɔn di nyinaa na wɔagye wɔn sɛ ateneneefoɔ a nso wɔntwaa wɔn twetia. 12Saa ara nso na Abraham yɛ agya ma obiara a wɔatwa no twetia na ɔwɔ gyidie sɛdeɛ na Abraham wɔ gyidie ansa na wɔretwa no twetia no.

13Ɛnyɛ mmara no so na wɔnam hyɛɛ Abraham ne nʼasefoɔ bɔ sɛ wɔbɛyɛ ewiase adedifoɔ, mmom ɛnam tenenee a ɛfiri gyidie mu so. 14Sɛ wɔn a wɔdi Mmara so yɛ adedifoɔ a, ɛnneɛ na gyidie nka hwee, na bɔhyɛ no nso ho nni mfasoɔ, 15ɛfiri sɛ mmara de abufuhyeɛ ba. Na sɛ mmara nni hɔ a, mmarato nni hɔ.

16Enti bɔhyɛ no firi gyidie mu sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a ɛbɛfiri adom mu na ɛbɛtena hɔ ama Abraham asefoɔ nyinaa; ɛnyɛ wɔn a wɔwɔ mmara no ase nko ara, na mmom wɔn a wɔwɔ gyidie sɛ Abraham nso. Ɔyɛ yɛn nyinaa agya. 17Sɛdeɛ wɔatwerɛ no: “Mayɛ wo aman bebree agya.” Onyankopɔn kaa saa, ɛfiri sɛ, Abraham gyee Onyankopɔn a ɔma awufoɔ nya nkwa, na ɔyɛ nneɛma foforɔ firi deɛ ɛnni hɔ mu diiɛ.

18Ɛberɛ a anidasoɔ asa no, Abraham nyaa anidasoɔ gye diiɛ, enti ɔbɛyɛɛ aman bebree so agya, sɛdeɛ na wɔaka akyerɛ no sɛ, “Saa na wʼasefoɔ bɛyɛ” no. 19Abraham gyidie anhinhim ɛberɛ a na ɔreyɛ adi mfeɛ ɔha no mpo. Na ɔnim nso sɛ ɔregye nna awu, na ne yere Sara nso rentumi nwo mma. 20Nanso ne gyidie anhinhim, na wannye Onyankopɔn bɔhyɛ no ho akyinnyeɛ. Ɔhyɛɛ ne gyidie mu den de animuonyam maa Onyankopɔn. 21Na ɔgye dii yie sɛ Onyankopɔn bɛtumi ayɛ deɛ wahyɛ ho bɔ no. 22Yei enti wɔbuu no sɛ tenenee maa no. 23Wɔtwerɛɛ sɛ, “Wɔbuu no sɛ tenenee maa no” no, wɔantwerɛ amma ɔno nko ara. 24Na mmom wɔtwerɛ maa yɛn nso a Onyankopɔn bɛbu yɛn sɛ ateneneefoɔ, yɛn a yɛgye deɛ ɔnyanee Yesu, yɛn Awurade, firii awufoɔ mu die no. 25Yɛn bɔne enti, wɔyii no maa owuo, na wɔnyanee no maa yɛn bembuo.