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Romans 4:6

    Romans 4:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Even as David also describes the blessedness of the man, to whom God imputes righteousness without works,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Even as David also pronounceth blessing upon the man, unto whom God reckoneth righteousness apart from works,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    As David says that there is a blessing on the man to whose account God puts righteousness without works, saying,

    Webster's Revision

    Even as David also pronounceth blessing upon the man, unto whom God reckoneth righteousness apart from works,

    World English Bible

    Even as David also pronounces blessing on the man to whom God counts righteousness apart from works,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Even as David also pronounceth blessing upon the man, unto whom God reckoneth righteousness apart from works,

    Definitions for Romans 4:6

    Without - Outside.

    Clarke's Commentary on Romans 4:6

    Even as David also, etc. - David, in Psalm 32:1, Psalm 32:2, gives us also the true notion of this way of justification, i.e. by faith, without the merit of works, where he says: -

    Barnes' Notes on Romans 4:6

    Even as David - The apostle having adduced the example of Abraham to show that the doctrine which he was defending was not new, and contrary to the Old Testament, proceeds to adduce the case of David also; and to show that he understood the same doctrine of justification without works.

    Describeth - Speaks of.

    The blessedness - The happiness; or the desirable state or condition.

    Unto whom God imputeth righteousness - Whom God treats as righteous, or as entitled to his favor in a way different from his conformity to the Law. This is found in Psalm 32:1-11. And the whole scope and design of the psalm is to show the blessedness of the man who is forgiven, and whose sins are not charged on him, but who is freed from the punishment due to his sins. Being thus pardoned, he is treated as a righteous man. And it is evidently in this sense that the apostle uses the expression "imputeth righteousness," that is, he does not impute, or charge on the man his sins; he reckons and treats him as a pardoned and righteous man; Psalm 32:2. See the note at Romans 4:3. He regards him as one who is forgiven and admitted to his favor, and who is to be treated henceforward as though he had not sinned. That is, he partakes of the benefits of Christ's atonement, so as not henceforward to be treated as a sinner, but as a friend of God.

    Wesley's Notes on Romans 4:6

    4:6 So David also - David is fitly introduced after Abraham, because be also received and delivered down the promise. Affirmeth - A man is justified by faith alone, and not by works. Without works - That is, without regard to any former good works supposed to have been done by him.