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As you consider these scriptures remember: Moses was a descendant of Abraham, so Abraham lived before the law code given through Moses came into being.

Romans 4:13-5:11 CEV
(13) God promised Abraham and his descendants that he would give them the world. This promise wasn't made because Abraham had obeyed a law, but because his faith in God made him acceptable. (14) If Abraham and his descendants were given this promise because they had obeyed a law, then faith would mean nothing, and the promise would be worthless. (15) God becomes angry when his Law is broken. But where there isn't a law, it cannot be broken. (16) Everything depends on having faith in God, so that God's promise is assured by his great kindness. This promise isn't only for Abraham's descendants who have the Law. It is for all who are Abraham's descendants because they have faith, just as he did. Abraham is the ancestor of us all. (17) The Scriptures say that Abraham would become the ancestor of many nations. This promise was made to Abraham because he had faith in God, who raises the dead to life and creates new things. (18) God promised Abraham a lot of descendants. And when it all seemed hopeless, Abraham still had faith in God and became the ancestor of many nations. (19) Abraham's faith never became weak, not even when he was nearly a hundred years old. He knew that he was almost dead and that his wife Sarah could not have children. (20) But Abraham never doubted or questioned God's promise. His faith made him strong, and he gave all the credit to God. (21) Abraham was certain that God could do what he had promised. (22) So God accepted him, (23) just as we read in the Scriptures. But these words were not written only for Abraham. (24) They were written for us, since we will also be accepted because of our faith in God, who raised our Lord Jesus to life. (25) God gave Jesus to die for our sins, and he raised him to life, so that we would be made acceptable to God. Romans 5:1-11 CEV (1) By faith we have been made acceptable to God. And now, because of our Lord Jesus Christ, we live at peace with God. (2) Christ has also introduced us to God's undeserved kindness on which we take our stand. So we are happy, as we look forward to sharing in the glory of God. (3) But that's not all! We gladly suffer, because we know that suffering helps us to endure. (4) And endurance builds character, which gives us a hope (5) that will never disappoint us. All of this happens because God has given us the Holy Spirit, who fills our hearts with his love. (6) Christ died for us at a time when we were helpless and sinful. (7) No one is really willing to die for an honest person, though someone might be willing to die for a truly good person. (8) But God showed how much he loved us by having Christ die for us, even though we were sinful. (9) But there is more! Now that God has accepted us because Christ sacrificed his life's blood, we will also be kept safe from God's anger. (10) Even when we were God's enemies, he made peace with us, because his Son died for us. Yet something even greater than friendship is ours. Now that we are at peace with God, we will be saved by his Son's life. (11) And in addition to everything else, we are happy because God sent our Lord Jesus Christ to make peace with us.

Romans 4:13-5:11 NWT
13 For it was not through law that Abraham or his seed had the promise that he should be heir of a world, but it was through the righteousness by faith. 14 For if those who adhere to law are heirs, faith has been made useless and the promise has been abolished. 15 In reality the Law produces wrath, but where there is no law, neither is there any transgression. 16 On this account it was as a result of faith, that it might be according to undeserved kindness, in order for the promise to be sure to all his seed, not only to that which adheres to the Law, but also to that which adheres to the faith of Abraham. (He is the father of us all, 17 just as it is written: "I have appointed you a father of many nations.") This was in the sight of the One in whom he had faith, even of God, who makes the dead alive and calls the things that are not as though they were. 18 Although beyond hope, yet based on hope he had faith, that he might become the father of many nations in accord with what had been said: "So your seed will be." 19 And, although he did not grow weak in faith, he considered his own body, now already deadened, as he was about one hundred years old, also the deadness of the womb of Sarah. 20 But because of the promise of God he did not waver in a lack of faith, but became powerful by his faith, giving God glory 21 and being fully convinced that what he had promised he was also able to do. 22 Hence "it was counted to him as righteousness." 23 That "it was counted to him" was written, however, not for his sake only, 24 but also for the sake of us to whom it is destined to be counted, because we believe on him who raised Jesus our Lord up from the dead. 25 He was delivered up for the sake of our trespasses and was raised up for the sake of declaring us righteous. 5:1 Therefore, now that we have been declared righteous as a result of faith, let us enjoy peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have gained our approach by faith into this undeserved kindness in which we now stand; and let us exult, based on hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but let us exult while in tribulations, since we know that tribulation produces endurance; 4 endurance, in turn, an approved condition; the approved condition, in turn, hope, 5 and the hope does not lead to disappointment; because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy spirit, which was given us. 6 For, indeed, Christ, while we were yet weak, died for ungodly men at the appointed time. 7 For hardly will anyone die for a righteous [man]; indeed, for the good [man], perhaps, someone even dares to die. 8 But God recommends his own love to us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more, therefore, since we have been declared righteous now by his blood, shall we be saved through him from wrath. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we became reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more, now that we have become reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. 11 And not only that, but we are also exulting in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

Romans 4:13-5:11 ALT
(13) For not by means of [the] Law [was] the promise to Abraham or to his seed [fig., descendents], [for] him to be the heir of the world, _but_ by means of the righteousness of faith. (14) For if the [ones who are] of [the] Law [are] heirs, faith has been made empty [or, has been deprived of power] and the promise has been nullified. (15) For the Law produces wrath, for where [there] is no law, neither [is there] transgression. (16) For this reason [it is] of faith, that [it should be] according to grace, for the promise to be secure to all the seed [fig., descendents], not to the [one] of the Law only, _but_ also to the [one] of [the] faith of Abraham, who is father of all of us (17) (just as it has been written, "I have appointed you [as] a father of many nations") in the presence of God, whom he believed, the One giving life to the dead [ones] and calling the [things] not existing as existing. [Gen 17:5] (18) Who against [or, beyond] hope [or, confident expectation] believed in hope [or, confident expectation], for him to become "a father of many nations" according to the [word] having been spoken, "So will your seed [fig., descendents] be." [Gen 15:5] (19) And not having been weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already having become dead (being about a hundred years old), and the deadness [fig., barrenness] of the womb of Sarah; (20) yet, he did not waver [or, hesitate] at the promise of God in unbelief, _but_ he was strengthened in his faith, having given glory to God, (21) and having been fully convinced that what He had promised He is able also to do. (22) And so, 'it was accounted to him for righteousness.' [Gen 15:6] (23) But it was not written on his account alone, "it was accounted to him," (24) _but_ also on account of us, to whom it is about to be accounted [or, imputed], to the ones believing on [or, trusting in] the One having raised up Jesus our Lord from [the] dead, (25) who was handed over because of our transgressions and was raised up because of our justification [or, our [being] declared righteousness]. Romans 5:1-11 ALT (1) Therefore, having been justified [or, declared righteous] by faith, we have peace toward God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (2) through whom also we have the access [or, privilege to enter] by faith into this grace in which we have stood, and we boast [or, rejoice] in the hope [or, confident expectation] of the glory of God! (3) But not only [this], _but_ we also boast [or, take pride] in afflictions, knowing that affliction produces patient endurance, (4) and patient endurance proven character, and proven character hope [or, confident expectation], (5) and hope [or, confident expectation] does not disappoint [us], because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, the One having been given to us. (6) For Christ, while we were still weak [or, helpless], at the right time, died on behalf of the impious [or, ungodly]. (7) For scarcely [or, only rarely] will anyone die on behalf of a righteous [person]; for perhaps someone even dares [or, might be prepared] to die on behalf of the good [person]. (8) But God demonstrates His own love to us, [in] that us still being sinners [or, while we were still sinners], Christ died on our behalf. (9) Much more then, having been justified [or, declared righteous] now by His blood, we will be saved from the wrath through Him. (10) For if, being enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we will be saved by His life. (11) But not only [this], _but_ we also boast [or, rejoice] in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we now received the reconciliation.

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ALT - Analytical Literal Translation

ASV - American Standard Version (by the American revision committee in 1897).

Darby - 1889 Darby Bible

DRB - 1899 Douay-Rheims Bible

BBE - 1965 Bible in Basic English

LITV - Literal Translation of the Holy Bible

KJV - King James Version

MKJV - Modern King James Version

NWT - New World Translation

Webster - 1833 Webster Bible

RV - Revised Version

YLT - Young's Literal Translation