13 For the promise to Abraham or to his [a]descendants that he would be heir of the world was not [b]through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith.14 For if those who are [c]of the Law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise is nullified;15 for the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no violation.
16 For this reason it is[d]by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the [e]descendants, not only to [f]those who are of the Law, but also to [g]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 [h]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[i]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.
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