Romans 4:20 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 4:20, NIV: "Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,"

Romans 4:20, ESV: "No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God,"

Romans 4:20, KJV: "He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;"

Romans 4:20, NASB: "yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God,"

Romans 4:20, NLT: "Abraham never wavered in believing God's promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God."

Romans 4:20, CSB: "He did not waver in unbelief at God's promise but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,"

What does Romans 4:20 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Abraham waited many, many years for God to keep His promise to give Abraham and Sarah a son. That promise wasn't given until Abraham was more than 75 years old, and wasn't fulfilled until Abraham was 100, some 25 years later! Paul wrote in the previous verse that Abraham's faith did not weaken. He held fast to his faith, even long after the hope of having a natural-born son became impossible according to human experience. Now, Paul writes that Abraham experienced no unbelief. He didn't waver in trusting God. Just the opposite: He grew stronger in his faith and continued to give glory to God.

Abraham's faith was undeniably remarkable. He was far from a perfect man. Abraham sinned, as all do. But He believed that the God who spoke to Him would do exactly what He promised even as year after year passed without that promise being fulfilled.