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Romans 3:27-28 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Boasting Excluded

27 Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law?[a] By one of works? No, on the contrary, by a law[b] of faith. 28 For we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.


  1. Romans 3:27 Or what principle?
  2. Romans 3:27 Or a principle

Romans 4:1-8 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Abraham Justified by Faith

What then can we say that Abraham, our physical ancestor,[a] has found? If Abraham was justified[b] by works, he has something to brag about—but not before God.[c] For what does the Scripture say?

Abraham believed God,
and it was credited to him for righteousness.[d]

Now to the one who works, pay is not considered as a gift, but as something owed. But to the one who does not work, but believes on Him who declares the ungodly to be righteous,[e] his faith is credited for righteousness.

David Celebrating the Same Truth

Likewise, David also speaks of the blessing of the man God credits righteousness to apart from works:

How joyful are those whose lawless acts are forgiven
and whose sins are covered!
How joyful is the man
the Lord will never charge with sin![f]


  1. Romans 4:1 Lit our ancestor according to the flesh
  2. Romans 4:2 Or was declared righteous, or was acquitted
  3. Romans 4:2 He has no reason for boasting in God’s presence.
  4. Romans 4:3 Gn 15:6
  5. Romans 4:5 Or who acquits, or who justifies
  6. Romans 4:8 Ps 32:1-2

Romans 6:23 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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