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Galatians 3:6

    Galatians 3:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Even as Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Even as Abraham had faith in God, and it was put to his account as righteousness.

    Webster's Revision

    Even as Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness.

    World English Bible

    Even as Abraham "believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Even as Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness.

    Clarke's Commentary on Galatians 3:6

    Abraham believed God - This is quoted from Genesis 15:6 (note); and St. Paul produces it, Romans 4:3-5 (note). Abraham, while even uncircumcised, believed in God, and his faith was reckoned to him for justification; and Abraham is called the father of the faithful, or, of believers. If, then, he was justified without the deeds of the law, he was justified by faith; and if he was justified by faith, long before the law was given then the law is not necessary to salvation.

    It is remarkable that the Jews themselves maintained that Abraham was saved by faith. Mehilta, in Yalcut Simeoni, page 1, fol. 69, makes this assertion: "It is evident that Abraham could not obtain an inheritance either in this world or in the world to come, but by faith."

    Barnes' Notes on Galatians 3:6

    Even as Abraham believed God ... - see this passage fully explained in the notes at Romans 4:3. The passage is introduced here by the apostle to show that the most eminent of the patriarchs was not saved by the deeds of the Law. He was saved by faith, and this fact showed that it was possible to be saved in that way, and that it was the design of God to save people in this manner. Abraham believed God, and was justified, before the Law of Moses was given. It could not, therefore, be pretended that the Law was necessary to justification; for if it had been, Abraham could not have been saved. But if not necessary in his case, it was in no other; and this instance demonstrated that the false teachers among the Galatians were wrong even according to the Old Testament.

    Wesley's Notes on Galatians 3:6

    3:6 Doubtless in confirmation of that grand doctrine, that we are justified by faith, even as Abraham was. The Apostle, both in this and in the epistle to the Romans, makes great use of the instance of Abraham: the rather, because from Abraham the Jews drew their great argument, as they do this day, both for their own continuance in Judaism, and for denying the gentiles to be the church of God. Gen 15:6