Romans 4:19 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 4:19, NIV: "Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead--since he was about a hundred years old--and that Sarah's womb was also dead."

Romans 4:19, ESV: "He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb."

Romans 4:19, KJV: "And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb:"

Romans 4:19, NASB: "Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb;"

Romans 4:19, NLT: "And Abraham's faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead--and so was Sarah's womb."

Romans 4:19, CSB: "He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body to be already dead (since he was about a hundred years old) and also the deadness of Sarah's womb."

What does Romans 4:19 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul is describing Abraham's amazing faith in God. He believed and kept believing that God would keep His promise to give him and Sarah a son. Abraham maintained this faith even as it became more and more unlikely according to human experience. In fact, from a human standpoint, God's promise was impossible! Abraham was 100 years old, and his body was "as good as dead," Paul writes. Not only was Abraham's body far beyond the normal years of fatherhood, he was already beyond the average lifespan of a man (Psalm 90:10)! Sarah was 90 and had been barren her entire life.

Still, Paul says that Abraham's faith in God did not even weaken. He was always convinced that God would keep His word. We become Abraham's spiritual children when we believe in God to keep His promises to us, as well. Paul's point in using this example has been to show that faith, not good works, is what allows us to be called righteous before God.