New International Version

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.

Luganda Contemporary Bible

Abaruumi 4:1-25

Ibulayimu Yaweebwa Obutuukirivu lwa Kukkiriza

1Kale kiki kye tunaayogera ku jjajjaffe Ibulayimu ku bikwata ku by’omubiri? 24:2 1Ko 1:31Singa Ibulayimu yaweebwa obutuukirivu lwa bikolwa, yandyenyumirizza, naye si eri Katonda. 34:3 nny 5, 9, 22; Lub 15:6; Bag 3:6; Yak 2:23Ebyawandiikibwa bitugamba bitya? Ibulayimu yakkiriza Katonda ne kimubalirwa okuba obutuukirivu.

44:4 Bar 11:6Omuntu bw’akola omulimu, asasulwa empeera ye. Empeera gy’aweebwa, teba kirabo. 5Katonda tayinza kukusembeza olw’ebikolwa byo. Katonda asembeza aboonoonyi olw’okukkiriza kwe balina mu ye. 6Kabaka Dawudi naye yayogera kye kimu ku muntu ono Katonda gw’awa obutuukirivu obutavudde mu bikolwa bye ng’agamba nti:

7“Baweereddwa omukisa,

abasonyiyiddwa ebyonoono byabwe,

ne baggyibwako ebibi byabwe.

84:8 Zab 32:1, 2; 2Ko 5:19Aweereddwa omukisa omuntu,

Mukama gw’atalibalira kibi.”

94:9 a Bar 3:30 b nny 3Kale omukisa guno, gw’abakomole bokka oba n’abatali bakomole? Ebyawandiikibwa bitugamba nti okukkiriza kwa Ibulayimu kwamubalirwa okuba obutuukirivu. 10Kale, kwamubalirwa kutya? Ng’akomolebbwa oba nga tannakomolebwa? Nedda si ng’akomolebbwa naye nga tannakomolebwa. 114:11 a Lub 17:10, 11 b nny 16, 17; Luk 19:9 c Bar 3:22Akabonero ke yafuna ak’okukomolebwa, ye nvumbo ku butuukirivu olw’okukkiriza kwe, nga tannakomolebwa, alyoke abeere jjajja w’abo bonna abakkiriza nga si bakomole, nabo balyoke babalirwe obutuukirivu. 12Ate era ye jjajja w’abantu bonna, abakomole, era abatambulira mu kkubo ery’okukkiriza, jjajjaffe Ibulayimu kwe yalina nga tannakomolebwa.

134:13 a Bag 3:16, 29 b Lub 17:4-6Ibulayimu n’ezzadde lye tebaaweebwa kisuubizo eky’okulya ensi yonna, ng’omugabo gwe, lwa kukwata mateeka. Katonda, ensi yagimusuubiza lwa butuukirivu obwamuweebwa olw’okukkiriza. 144:14 Bag 3:18Kale obanga baweebwa obusika lw’amateeka, okukkiriza kuba tekugasa, era nga n’ekisuubizo tekirina makulu. 154:15 a Bar 7:7-25 b Bar 3:20; 7:7Katonda anyiiga Amateeka ge bwe gatagonderwa. Naye bwe wataba mateeka, tewaba mateeka ga kujeemera.

164:16 a Bar 3:24 b Bar 15:8Noolwekyo ekisuubizo kijja lwa kukkiriza, kiryoke kiweebwe lwa kisa, eri ezzadde lyonna, so si ezzadde erigondera amateeka lyokka naye n’eri ezzadde erya Ibulayimu olw’okukkiriza; era oyo ye jjajjaffe ffenna. 174:17 a Lub 17:5 b Yk 5:21 c Is 48:13 d 1Ko 1:28Kyawandiikibwa nti, “Nkufudde jjajja w’amawanga amangi.” Ye jjajjaffe mu maaso g’oyo gwe yakkiriza, Katonda azuukiza abafu, era alaba ebitaliiwo ng’ebiriwo, era atonda ebintu ebiggya.

184:18 a nny 17 b Lub 15:5Katonda yasuubiza Ibulayimu abazzukulu bangi. Ne bwe kyalabika ng’ekitasoboka, Ibulayimu yalina okukkiriza mu Katonda, n’oluvannyuma n’abeera jjajja w’amawanga mangi, okusinziira ku ekyo ekyayogerwa nti, “Ezadde lyo bwe liriba.” 194:19 a Beb 11:11, 12 b Lub 17:17 c Lub 18:11Teyatendewererwa mu kukkiriza, newaakubadde nga yali wa myaka nga kikumi, nga n’omubiri gwe munafu nnyo, ate nga ne Saala mugumba. 204:20 Mat 9:8Teyabuusabuusa kisuubizo kya Katonda mu butakkiriza, naye yaweebwa amaanyi lwa kukkiriza; n’agulumiza Katonda. 214:21 Lub 18:14Yakakasiza ddala nti Katonda kye yasuubiza asobola okukituukiriza, 224:22 nny 3era bwe kityo ne kimubalirwa okuba obutuukirivu. 23Naye tekyawandiikibwa ku lulwe yekka nti, “Kyamubalirwa okuba obutuukirivu;” 244:24 a Bar 15:4; 1Ko 9:10 b Bar 10:9 c Bik 2:24naye era naffe, abakkiririza mu oyo eyazuukiza Yesu Mukama waffe mu bafu. 254:25 Is 53:5, 6Kristo yaweebwayo okuttibwa olw’ebibi byaffe, n’azuukizibwa tulyoke tuweebwe obutuukirivu.