What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”[a](A)

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

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  1. Romans 4:3 Gen. 15:6; also in verse 22

Blessed is the one
    whose sin the Lord will never count against them.”[a](A)

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

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  1. Romans 4:8 Psalm 32:1,2

22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”(A) 23 The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, 24 but also for us,(B) to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him(C) who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.(D)

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