Romans 4:23 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 4:23, NIV: The words 'it was credited to him' were written not for him alone,

Romans 4:23, ESV: But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone,

Romans 4:23, KJV: Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;

Romans 4:23, NASB: Now not for his sake only was it written that it was credited to him,

Romans 4:23, NLT: And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn't just for Abraham's benefit. It was recorded

Romans 4:23, CSB: Now it was credited to him was not written for Abraham alone,

What does Romans 4:23 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul has just quoted Genesis 15:6 once more. After describing Abraham's amazing faith in God in spite of the overwhelming unlikeliness of the promise being kept in human terms, Paul declared that this was why his faith was "counted to him" as righteousness. Now Paul writes that this benefit was not just for Abraham alone. He is not the only one in human history who can become righteous in God's eyes by faith. The path is available to everyone who will believe in what God has done for us through Jesus.

This is central to Paul's main contention in this passage: that salvation is offered only to those who truly believe (John 3:16–18), and only on the basis of that belief. Good deeds cannot and will not grant us salvation.