16 For this reason it is[a]by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the [b]descendants, not only to [c]those who are of the Law, but also to [d]those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,17 (as it is written, “A father of many nations have I made you”) in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and [e]calls into being that which does not exist.18 In hope against hope he believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, “So shall your[f]descendants be.”19 Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb;20 yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God,21 and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.22 Therefore it was also credited to him as righteousness.23 Now not for his sake only was it written that it was credited to him,24 but for our sake also, to whom it will be credited, as those who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead,25 He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.
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