14 [a]For if they which are of the [b]Law, be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise is made of none effect.
15 [c]For the Law causeth wrath: for where no Law is, there is no transgression.
16 [d]Therefore it is by faith, that it might come by grace, and the promise might be sure to all the [e]seed, [f]not to that only which is of the Law: but also to that which is of the faith of Abraham who is the father of us all,
Romans 4:14A double confirmation of that reason: the one is, that the promise cannot be apprehended by the Law, and therefore it should be frustrated: the other, that the condition of faith should be joined in vain to that promise which should be apprehended by works.
Romans 4:14If they be heirs which have fulfilled the Law.
Romans 4:15A reason of the first confirmation, why the promise cannot be apprehended by the Law: because that the Law doth not reconcile God and us, but rather denounceth his anger against us, forsomuch as no man can observe it.
Romans 4:16The conclusion of this argument. The salvation and justification of all the posterity of Abraham (that is, of the Church which is gathered together of all people) proceedeth of faith, which layeth hold on the promise made unto Abraham, and which promise Abraham himself first of all laid hold on.
Romans 4:16That is to say, not only of them which believe and are also circumcised according to the Law, but of them also which without circumcision, and in respect of faith only, are counted amongst the children of Abraham.
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