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.”
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