Romans 4:2
For if Abraham were justified by works, he has whereof to glory; but not before God.
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Romans 3:20-28 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin...

Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ...

he hath.

Romans 3:27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? No: but by the law of faith.

Romans 15:17 I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God.

Ezekiel 8:9 And he said to me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here.

Jeremiah 9:23,24 Thus said the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might...

1 Corinthians 9:16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid on me; yes, woe is to me, if I preach not the gospel!

2 Corinthians 5:12 For we commend not ourselves again to you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf...

2 Corinthians 11:12,30 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory...

2 Corinthians 12:1-9 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord...

Galatians 6:13,14 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh...

Ephesians 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.


Genesis 12:12,13,18,20 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see you, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me...

Genesis 20:9-13 Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said to him, What have you done to us? and what have I offended you...

Joshua 24:2 And Joshua said to all the people, Thus said the LORD God of Israel, Your fathers dwelled on the other side of the flood in old time...

1 Corinthians 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

1 Corinthians 4:7 For who makes you to differ from another? and what have you that you did not receive? now if you did receive it, why do you glory...

Galatians 3:22 But the scripture has concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

Abraham's Justification by Faith

1What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, has found? 2For if Abraham were justified by works, he has whereof to glory; but not before God. 3For what said the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness. 4Now to him that works is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5But to him that works not, but believes on him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. 6Even as David also describes the blessedness of the man, to whom God imputes righteousness without works, 7Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 8Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. 9Comes this blessedness then on the circumcision only, or on the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. 10How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. 11And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed to them also: 12And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.
Parallel Verses
American Standard Version
For if Abraham was justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not toward God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory, but not before God.

Darby Bible Translation
For if Abraham has been justified on the principle of works, he has whereof to boast: but not before God;

King James Bible
For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.

Young's Literal Translation
for if Abraham by works was declared righteous, he hath to boast -- but not before God;

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